Fifties for Rennie and Smith as U15s Stay Top
GREAT MELTON U15s beat SWAFFHAM U15s by 73 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
There were half centuries from Alex Rennie and Rob Smith and 3 wickets for Alex Tonnison as Melton U15s cemented their position at the top of the South Norfolk Community League with one game to go – next Monday against nearest challengers, Garboldisham. Melton, having lost the toss and been invited to bat, had the worst possible start when last week’s centurion, Ben Carding and Connor Stearman were both removed by Olly Reynolds before a single run was scored. From 0-2, however, the game swung Melton’s way and it was the result of a partnership of 111 between Rennie and Smith. Rennie reached his maiden half-century but, on 56, become Reynolds’ (3-0-15-3) third victim. Smith went on to score an unbeaten 50, Alex Tonnison (5 not out) giving Smith the strike to allow him to reach his fifty before Tonnison smashed the final ball of the innings to the boundary as Melton finished on 137-3.
Ellis started by hitting the first and third balls of Zef Ishtiaq’s first over for four but the bowler struck back by bowling him with his 4th delivery. Reynolds looked in good form with the bat hitting 21 before being bowled by Tonnison with the score at 54-3 and, when he went, any Swaffham resistance quickly crumbled. Tonnison took 3-17 plus a run out, Matt Rennie an impressive 1-5 while Alex Rennie (1-2) took the final wicket as Swaffham, in fast-fading light, were 64 all out. Melton won by 73 runs to earn maximum points.