School Matches Fail to Halt U13s’ Progress
GREAT MELTON U13s beat GARBOLDISHAM U13s by 58 runs at GARBOLDISHAM in the Alan Bridgewater Cup
Playing their 4th game in 7 days, Great Melton U13s completed their Alan Bridgewater Cup group matches with a 58-run victory over Garboldisham. A plethora of school matches robbed Melton of many of their regular first-choice players but a side that included 3 Under 11s still proved too strong for a Garboldisham team who, like Melton, had only tasted defeat once in Group 1. Stand-in skipper Sam Johnson elected to bat after winning the toss and he and Charlie Green started confidently taking 16 off the first 2 overs before Johnson was bowled. Green batted very well, finding good support from James Carter (17) before having to retire having scored 31. Lohit Kannan hit some good shots in his 14 but Garboldisham stuck to their task well and, 3-13 from skipper Arthur Johnson, ensured Melton were bowled out for 121, the returning Charlie Green caught and bowled off the last ball.
Lohit (2-0-8-2) then bowled Bailey (1) and Johnson (6) in his first 2 overs and, helped by Matt Carter, his throw ran out Southgate (1) to leave the home side's reply in tatters. Thomas Simpson (13), George a Self (10) and Jess Davey (11 not out) all provided stubborn resistance but any hope of getting close to Melton's score was extinguished by the early collapse. Josh Wright, Ben Johnson and James Carter all took a wicket apiece as Garboldisham finished on 63-7.
the win completes Melton's U13 Alliance Group 1 matches and, with only one narrow defeat, against Swardeston, should progress to the quarter finals.