50 For Lohit as U15s Reach ECB Semi-Final
Great Melton U15s beat Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers U15s by 98 runs at Melton Park in the ECB Cup Quarter-Final
U15s skipper Lohit Kannan scored an unbeaten half-century to help Great Melton to a 98-run win over a much less experienced Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers side who showed good spirit and sportsmanship despite the heavy defeat. Having elected to bat Melton lost Corey Rushton early on for 1 but a good partnership then developed between Lohit and Robert Mackintosh. Run-scoring wasn't that easy on a slow-paced wicket and with the field set well back but Lohit played some good shots, including two sixes, before the competition rules forced him to retire at 50. Robert was joined by Ethan Rushton and went on to score 33 before being bowled with the final delivery of the innings. Ethan also batted well for a confident 17 not out.
An excellent diving catch by Cassie Mawby then removed Sam Buxton off MacIntosh's opening over before Cassie bowled the other opener, Adam Cohen, with her second ball. Wickets then followed in quick succession. MacIntosh (2-0-3-2), Mawby (2-0-4-1), Henry Marsh (2-0-4-2) & Millie Wimhurst (2-0-9-1) all ended with impressive figures and Melton produced some inspired fielding: another diving catch from Ethan Rushton, plus 3 direct-hit run outs from Mawby, Marsh and McIntosh. A stumping by Corey Rushton off Liam Stevens first ball ended the Wanderers innings with the visitors all out for 26 in 8.1 overs.
With fewer teams than usual entering the ECB 11-a-side Competition this year, it means that Melton are already through to the County semi-final where they face the daunting prospect of either Swardeston or Horsford.
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