Fielding Makes the Difference As U13s Reach Semi-Final
GREAT MELTON U13s beat ASHMANHAUGH & BARTON WANDERERS U13s by 14 runs at Ashmanhaugh in the ECB Competition.
Great Melton U13s’ fielding was the major difference between two evenly matches sides as Melton progressed to the County Semi-Final of the ECB competition. The importance of fielding was never better illustrated than Kai Wilkinson-Loines who didn’t bat or bowl in the match yet had a major influence with two pieces of inspired fielding. First he produced a brilliant pick-up and throw that ran out Wanderers’ opener J.Robertson, then came up with a superb diving catch to dismiss Will Woodhead off Charlie Green’s bowling. With two of their top batsmen back in the pavilion the home side then struggled, particularly against the bowling of Jack Williamson (2-11), Charlie Green (1-13) and skipper Pat Walton (1-7). Melton’s total of 106-6 looked a long way off and, despite some fine shots from the elegant M.Austin (26) the game was won well before the last over. With 35 needed Walton was able to give leg spinner Kit Fordham a bowl and the 2 combined to dismiss Cohen as Wanderers finished on 92-7.
Earlier Saxon Earley (19) and Finlay Hughes (27) gave Melton a very solid base and, with Jack Gorman (16) and James Bridges (21) continuing to punish any wayward bowling, Melton were able to post a challenging score of 106-6. Oliver Cohen (3-1-9-0) and Archie Bradnock (3-0-16-2) were Wanderers’ best bowlers.
In the semi-final Melton travel to Horsford.
Great Melton U13s
S Earley b Bradnock 19, F Hughes ct Woodhead b Frosdick 27, J Gormon ct Cohen b Bradnock 16, P Walton ct M Austin b Lacey 4, B Granville st Robertson b Lacey 0, J Bridges b Wilson 21 C Green not out 3, Extras 16. Total 106-6 (Oliver Cohen 3-1-9-0, Dan Wilson 3-0-14-1, George Frosdick 2-0-19-1, Archie Bradnock 3-0-16-2, Matt Austin 2-0-16-0, Dan Lacey 2-0-23-2, Connell Moffat 1-0-6-0)
Ashmanhaugh & Barton Wanderers U13s
A Bradnock ct Hughes b Bridges 1, J Robertson Run out (Wilkinson-Loines) 8, Will Woodhead Ct Wilkinson-Loines b Green 5, M Austin b Walton 26, D Wilson b Williamson 4, G Frosdick b Williamson 1, D Lacey not out 11, O Cohen ct Walton b Fordham 4, P Gibbons not out 7, Extras 25. Total 92-7 (F Hughes 2-0-10-0, J Bridges 2-0-9-1, P Walton 3-0-7-1, C Green 3-0-12-1, J Williamson 3-0-11-2, B Granville 1-0-13-0, J Mower 1-0-8-0, K Fordham 1-0-21-1)