Dhesi Heroics Give Acle Victory in Alan Bridgewater Final
GREAT MELTON U13s lost to ACLE U13s by 12 runs at Sprowston in the Alan Bridgewater Cup Final
Despite a fine innings by skipper Joe Greenslade who scored 35 not out in just 4 overs, followed by some good mid-innings bowling by Pat Walton, Aimee Palmer and Craig Attewell that put Melton in a winning position, Acle's Aaron Dhesi wrenched the Alan Bridgewater cup from Melton's grasp. With Acle at 277-3 and still needing 36 off 4 overs Melton were firmly in command but skipper Dhesi produced an incredible batting display, keeping the strike for most of the remaining overs to hit 45, including 5 fours and a six. It gave Acle victory by 12 runs and won him the man-of-the-match award, presented by County Development Officer, Kevin Denmark. Melton played their part in an excellent final with the result in doubt until the final over but their County final hoodoo continues. It is the sixth time Melton's juniors have reached a County final and the sixth time they have lost!
Melton, having been invited to bat, started slowly against some very accurate Acle bowling but the innings gradually gathered momentum as third pair Ryan Howard (14 not out) and Aimee Palmer (3 not out) added 17. It was last pair Joey Greenslade and Luke Marchant who enabled Melton to post a defendable total, however. Although Marchant became the 3rd Melton batsman to be dismissed, he supported Greenslade well as the young wicketkeeper attacked the bowling scoring a superb 35 as Melton posted 295-3, a net score of 271. Although Kidner (6) and Chloe Dhesi (10) gave Acle a solid start, the innings was checked by Patrick Walton (3-1-15-1), Aimee Palmer (3-2-6-0) and Craig Attewell (3-0-15-0). With the last pair at the wicket Melton were certainly in the driving seat but Dhesi's heroics took the game away from Melton and the man-of-the-match award away from Greenslade.