GREAT MELTON U11s beat GREAT ELLINGHAM U11s by 73 runs at Great Ellingham in the South Norfolk Community League
The U11s made it two wins out of two for the season with a convincing batting and bowling display in the South Norfolk Community League. They didn’t lose a wicket in scoring 115 and then bowled Great Ellingham out for 32. Lohit Kannan, Earley, Johnson, Gorman, Marchant and Wednesday night’s captain Olly Leinster, were all unavailable so Charlie Green captained the side and manager, Clive Gristwood picked an inexperienced squad. Things didn’t start well either when the Melton players arrived at Melton Park only to discover they should have been at Ellingham. A quick dash by car (thanks parents!) soon got the Junior Development Officer out of an embarrassing predicament and Melton batted first with Charlie Green and Cameron Graveling. After a tentative start, the Melton openers soon got into their stride and began to find the boundary. Helped by some wides and some improved running and calling, the pair confidently moved the score to 84 whereupon they ‘retired’ in order to give a few others a bit of much-needed time in the middle.
Kit Fordham (3 not out), on his debut, and James Bridges (10 not out) took the score past 100 before also retiring leaving Olly Black (5 not out) and James Ketteridge (5 not out) to add 12 in the final over as Melton reached 115-0.
Ellingham’s batsmen then struggled against the Melton bowling and, with Ethan Rushton doing a good job as a stand-in wicketkeeper, wickets started to fall regularly. Bridges & Rushton combined to run out their opener and there were wickets for Fordham (1-6), Sparks (1-8) and Graveling (1-3) while Green led from the front, combing with Rushton for another run out and taking 3-1 off his 2 overs to go with his impressive batting. Rushton’s work behind the stumps improved considerably as the game progressed and Callum Sparkes too an excellent catch. Only two home players scored runs – Matt and Aaron with 2 each – all the rest were extras – as Ellingham were bowled out for 31.
After the ‘slight’ administrative error at the start of the morning, the game went very well but it turned a bit sour for manager Clive Gristwwod who, just as he got back to Great Melton, had his wing mirror knocked off his new car by a passing motorist driving too close.