Ben Blows Mulbarton Away To Earn U13s Carnival Cup Qualification
GREAT MELTON U13s beat MULBARTON U13s by 44 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Great Melton U13s followed the U11s Terry Moore Trophy Victory earlier in the day, by beating Mulbarton to finish runners-up in the South Norfolk League South Breckland Division and thus qualify to play in the Carnival Cup Cup at Garboldisham next Thursday 30th August with winners Old Buckenham and Whetman Division top two, Lowestoft and Horsford.
Captained by Ethan Rushton, Melton lost the toss and were invited to bat. With Henry Bugg & Henry Marsh agreeing to field for 7-man Mulbarton who also had one player delayed, the match had a friendly end-of-season air about it, but it wasn’t quite so friendly when Marsh produced an accurate throw to run out Nat Buxton without facing a ball in the first over! Rushton (21) and Ben Johnson (8) produced some goods shots to launch a recovery adding 36 before Rushton was bowled by Johnny Taylor. Johnson followed soon after, also bowled, but Corey Rushton (16), Joseph Graves (28) and Mohit Badimela (15 not out) produced some impressive shots to ensure Melton reached exactly 100. The late-arrival, Rob McIntosh (1-21), impressed with a speedy spell of 3-0-13-2 but Freddie Patterson (3-0-11-0) also bowled well and Mulbarton’s fielding was good.
Any hope the visitors had of reaching three figures was blown away by Ben Johnson who produced a one-man show in the space of 3 overs that saw four batsmen dismissed. Bowling with pace and precision Johnson clean-bowled Puvanachandra (0), Stuart-Sheppard (0) and Patterson (8) in the space of 5 balls then produced a superb throw to run out dangerman McIntosh for 7. Johnny Taylor (20) took the attack to Melton for a while before being well-caught by Graves off Ethan Rushton who wrapped things up with the wicket of Weston as Mulbarton were dismissed for 56. Johnson’s final figures were 2-0-11-3 and Rushton’s 2-0-7-2 but Bugg (0-4), Marsh (0-5), Graves (0-15) and Corey Rushton (0-12) all bowled well.