Batsmen impress as U17s beat Tas
Great Melton U17s beat Hethersett & Tas Valley U17s by 11 runs at Flordon in the South Norfolk Community League
Last night the U17s beat Hethersett & Tas Valley by 11 runs in an exciting, high-scoring game. Asked to bat first on the main pitch at Tas -a good wicket with a lightning-fast outfield – James Cooper (26) and Corey Rushton (16) got Melton off to a flying start but, after 29 quick runs, Corey inside-edged a ball from James Hollis (2-24) onto his stumps. James and Flynn Crosthwaite (16) maintained the momentum, taking the the score to 60 before both fell in quick succession. This brought captain-for-the-day Harry Ryan and Ethan Rushton to the crease. The pair played very well in a partnership of 58 before Harry was dismissed by former Melton player Henry Marsh for 26. Ethan was playing some majestic shots and, together with George Ryan (8 not out) took Melton to an impressive 146-4 at the end of 16 overs with Ethan unbeaten on 31.
With the fast conditions, a big outfield and only 8 fielders, defending even a large score like 146 was never likely to be easy and so it proved. The score moved rapidly to 46 before George bowled Charlie English for 8 but Tas captain, Ben Way, and Alex Bird looked like taking the game away from Melton. The pair were quick to punish any wayward bowling in a partnership of 61. They played some fine shots but were helped by some rather complacent fielding. With the game in the balance at 127-1, with 4 overs remaining, James Cooper produced a peach of a delivery to dismiss Way for an excellent 45. This seemed to have the desired affect as Melton noticeably upped their game in the remaining overs. Alex Bird went on to retire, having scored 51 before a combination of James (3-0-13-3), Ben Johnson (3-0-12-0, plus a catch) and Flynn (3-0-22-1) kept things tight, took wickets and ensured Melton, in the end, won by 11 runs. An brilliant game played in excellent spirit!