GREAT MELTON U13’s beat BUNGAY U13’s by 28 runs at Maltings Meadow in the South Norfolk Community League
Melton won the toss and decided to bat first but, on a very slow wicket and out field, both Fergus Hughes & Pat Walton found runs hard to come by. After 5 overs Melton were on 24-0, but that was quickly to change as Hughes got out lbw off Read’s bowling for 9 runs. It wasn’t till the 10th over that the next wicket fell; Walton (8) bowled by Buck with the score now on 48. With only 6 overs left Melton tried to up the run rate, but were still finding it very hard to score quickly. They then lost 2 quick wickets, Ryan Howard (10) bowled by Scott and Tom Moye (11) caught off Spalding’s bowling in the 12th & 13th overs with the score now on 66. Matt Ling (4) was the next batsman to fall, run out in the 15th over trying for a quick single. In the final over Melton managed to add 10 more runs before losing Craig Wilson (4) bowled Ling on the last ball. This left Kyle Weston not out with 7 and Melton finished on 90-6, with over a third of their runs coming from extras.
Bungay needed to score at just over 5.5 an over to win the match and opening batsman, Read, looked very comfortable putting away the bad balls. By the 4th over Bungay were on 17-0 but in the 5th Fergus Hughes bowled Ling(0) and, next ball, trapped Buck lbw. He didn’t get the hat trick but, in his next over, he managed to get the wicket of Hunt (4). At this point Bungay were 29-3 after 7 overs with danger-man Read still batting well. He lasted another 2 overs before being caught by Fergus Hughes off Moye’s bowling for a very good 25.
Bungay’s response then petered out as tight bowling ensured that they only managed another 20 runs off the last 5 overs, losing one more wicket – that of Scott (2) caught by Finlay Hughes off Moye’s bowling. Bungay finished on 62-5 after 16 overs falling well short by 28 runs. Even though the Melton spinners, Hughes and Moye, got the wickets, they were backed up by some very tight bowling from Wilson (3-1-3-0), Walton (2-1-6-0), Finlay Hughes (2-0-4-0) and Weston (2-0-5-0).