Great Melton more than met their match against Winchmore Hill Cricket Club’s touring U15 team. The North London side ended their 3-day excursion to Norfolk with a T20 game at Melton Park and a total of 175-6 was just too many for Melton to chase. Bishal Bidduth ensured the visitors got off to a flying start, hitting 36 in just 19 balls and, although Taha Raja, put the brake on with 3 wickets, including that of Bidduth, 30 from Joseph Webster plus skipper James Blundell’s unbeaten 53 (in 24 balls) and a 17-ball 23 from Harry Bowen meant that Winchmore Hill could post an impressive total.
Melton’s bowlers stuck to their task well but there was some indifferent fielding. Good work by Ethan Rushton, Josh Wright and Ella Dye brought 3 run-outs but there was some sloppy misfielding and 6 dropped catches. With a bit of improvement Melton could have been chasing a much more obtainable 130-140.
Lohit Kannan & Robert Mackintosh got Melton off to a decent start with 32 before Lohit was caught for 15. Aaron Samaia dismissed Nat Buxton (2) & Josh Wright (9) and, although Mackintosh scored 27 and Joseph Graves an unbeaten 25, Melton just didn’t have the fire-power to score at 12-an-over for the final 10 overs. Against a good attack Melton did well to reach 114-5. Aditya conceded just 2 runs off his 4 overs, Blundell took 1-3 off 2 and Jack Goodrich 0-12 off 3.
Although the 61 run victory was comfortable, Winchmore Hill very much enjoyed the experience of playing at Melton Park. A big thank-you to Celia and the Great Melton parents who provided the lunch, drinks and even iced lollies on another very hot day.
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