Great Melton U13s beat Norwich U13s by 80 runs at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
Three wickets apiece for Ben Carding and Connor Stearman was the highlight of a good bowling and fielding performance that saw Norwich lose 11 wickets in scoring 268 runs. With 88 runs deducted for the wickets lost it meant that Melton, starting with 200 and chasing 180, had to simply avoid being out 3 times to win the game. Stearman (3-0-8-3) and Carding (3-0–6-3) starred with the ball but there were wickets two for Luke Marchant (2-0-12-2) Ben Singleton (1-0-7-1), Alex Rennie (2-0-9-1) and Rob Smith (2-0-16-1). In reply Melton did lose 3 wickets in the 16 overs but they scored 284, a net score of 260 and won the game by 80 runs with all the boys contributing with the bat.
Great Melton U13s beat Thetford U13s by 31 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
The Under 13s also made a good start to their South Norfolk Community League season beating Thetford by 31 runs. Batting first, Melton scored 102 for 6 with Rob Smith (19) and Joe Greenslade (24) getting Melton off to a good start. Sam Carding scored a quick 11 runs before
also being bowled and Craig Attewell was trapped lbw for 8. Matt Rennie (4) found the boundary before being caught and Marcus Mawby hit two fours. It left Bradley Russell (3 n.o) and debutant Harry Hawkins (0 n.o) to see out the overs. With a competitive score to defend Melton
performed well in the field and all the bowlers finished with good figure. Brad Russell was excellent taking 3 wickets in his 2nd over to return figures of 3-0-6-4. Craig Attewell bowled 2 maiden overs, while Matt Rennie (3-1-10-1) and Sam Carding (2-0-7-1) got a wicket each. They were backed up well by Smith (2-0-14-0), Mawby (2-0-6-0) and Hawkins (2-1-1-0). With 5 of the wickets being clean bowled and the other lbw it shows how well the Under 13s bowled.
Report by Duncan Greenslade