GREAT MELTON U15s beat SWAFFHAM U15s by 12 runs at Swaffham in the South Norfolk Community League
Skipper Michael Farmer scored 39 and took 3-11 as Melton U15s made sure of at least third spot in the South Norfolk Community League with a 12-run victory over Swaffham. It was third time lucky after two attempts at getting the match played had fallen victim to the rain. Melton, invited to bat, lost two quick wickets with Connor Stearman (5) and Sam Carding (2) both dismissed by Swaffham captain Tom Puckey. Farmer found a reliable partner in Alex Rennie, however, and their stand of 79 was the decisive one of the match. Farmer was not at his best and was dropped twice as well as being caught off a no-ball but he rode his luck to score an important 39. Rennie was content to nudge singles and twos and his solid innnings of 32 not out, although it didn’t include a single boundary, helped Melton to a total of 108-3.
The Swaffham innings followed a similar pattern to Melton’s with two batsmen, Reardon (3) and Powell (13) falling early to the bowling of Rennie (2-0-14-1) and Carding (3-0-14-1) before a stand of 59 between Puckey (37) and Brooks (16) kept the home side in the match. However, with the light failing, the introduction of Farmer into the attack put paid to any chance of a Swaffham victory as he clean bowled Puckey, Brooks and Reynolds in a spell of 3-0-11-3 to leave the home side 12 runs short on 96-6. So Melton finished 3rd in the league behind Great Ellingham and Garboldisham. A heavy defeat against Garby, a narrow one against Hardingham and no game against Old Buckenham who withdrew, meant that Melton’s average was not quite enough to secure second spot but, nevertheless, it’s been an enjoyable season.
Great Melton U15s at Swaffham
Back: Michael Farmer, Hadi Kashif, Sam Carding, Zef Ishtiaq
Front: Alex Rennie, Fergus Hughes, Connor Stearman, Alex Tonnison