A busy weekend for the under 9s squad and their families saw Friday night training followed up by matches on both Saturday and Sunday.
GREAT MELTON U9s beat BRADFIELD U9s by 42 runs at Melton Park in the John Dewing Competition
The first match saw Gt Melton beat Bradfield at home by 42 runs. Batting first, the opening pair of Henry Marsh and Ethan Ellis got the Gt Melton innings off to an excellent start, making 32 for no loss of wickets. All Gt Melton batters made runs. Cassie Mawby made 10 with an impressive range of defensive and attacking shots. Captain Ben Johnson top scored with 11, sharing a partnership of 29 runs with James Attfield for no wickets. The innings closed on 289 for 0. The loss of no wickets was particularly impressive with the team showing good concentration and shot selection. No Bradfield wickets fell until their 11th over but accurate bowling by Dilshan Rai, Henry and James meant the visitors soon fell behind the required run rate.A spectacular stop and direct hit on the stumps by Henry brought the first wicket. James Cooper was again impressive behind the stumps, positioning himself well to receive any throw ins by the fielders. A second run out followed and then Ethan took a wicket with Bradfield finishing on 259 for 3. This was an outstanding performance by the young Gt Melton players who showed great focus in all aspects of their play.
Team: Ben Johnson (c), James Cooper, Dilshan Rai, Matthew Cooke, James Attfield, Henry Marsh,Ethan Ellis,Cassie Mawby
GREAT MELTON U9s beat GREAT ELLINGHAM U9s at Ellingham by 86 runs in the South Norfolk Community League
On Sunday saw the team travel to Gt Ellingham. Fielding first, Gt Melton soon took wickets with one each to Cassie Mawby, Ethan Ellis, Dilshan Rai and Henry Marsh. Off his shorter run up Ben Johnson took 3 wickets. The bowlers received good support from keeper James Cooper in very warm conditions with Alfie Sutton and Matthew Cooke making useful stops. The home team closed on 253 for 8. The Gt Ellingham bowling was difficult to score from but presented the risk of losing a wicket at any time. Concentration was needed and again, no wickets were lost by the team. James hit 12 and Dilshan played with a straight bat for his 5. Ben (24 not out) hit some powerful boundaries and with Cassie put on 28 runs, on one occasion running 4 runs. Gt Melton closed on 299 for no wickets, winning by 86 runs.
Team: Ben Johnson(C) James Cooper,Dilshan Rai, Matthew Cooke,Alfie Sutton,Henry Marsh,Ethan Ellis,Cassie Mawby