GREAT MELTON U13s lost to ASHMANHAUGH & BARTON WANDERERS U13s by 16 runs at Barton Turf in the ECB National Competition County Semi-Final
With not all their players present at the start Ashmanhaugh were invited to bat first but Melton’s bowlers struggled with their line and were punished by T.Harris (29) and A.Carver (33 retired). There were catches for Aimee Palmer and Marcus Mawby as Melton tried to contain the home side and Rob Smith (3-0-11-2) and Ryan Howard (2-0-9-1) were the pick of the bowlers as Wanderers’ innings closed on 129-8. Smith’s dismissal off the first ball of the innings put Melton on the back foot but Luke Marchant (18) and Joe Greenslade (30 retired) impoved the score with quick running between the wickets and fluent batting. The Ashmanhaugh spinners, however, then ripped into the middle order. Craig Attewell (20 not out) showed that Melton still were in with a chance of winning but with wickets beginning to tumble, Melton finished 16 runs short.
GREAT MELTON U13s beat Cringleford U13s by 102 runs at Cringleford in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
Great Melton were asked to bat first by the home side and got off to a good start with Ben Carding (20) and Mat Rennie(3) putting on 23 runs. Rob Smith (14) and Jacob Bush (3) added another 17 runs without loss but Melton’s third pair of Alex Rennie and Ryan Howard lost 5 wickets including two run outs. It was left to the last pairing of Craig Attewell (4) and Joey Greenslade (30) to rebuild the innings and give Melton a score to defend as Melton finished on 305 for 6, a net score of 257. Melton then bowled and fielded well. Carding bowled A Payne with the very first ball of Cringleford’s innings and, thereafter, the bowling was high quality with 13 wickets including two brillant catches from Carding and Attewell. Smith led the way with figures of 3-1-16-4 but Carding (3-0-8-2), Matt Rennie (3-0-8-1) Bush (2-0-2-1), Alex Rennie (3-0-7-1) all took wickets as Cringleford finished on 259, giving Melton victory by 102 runs.