Foxes Outrun Phoenix in Carter Junior Cup Semi-Final
Garboldisham Foxes U17s beat Great Melton Phoenix U17s by 6 wickets at Great Melton in the Semi Final of the Bob Carter Junior Cup
Garboldisham won the toss in this South Norfolk clash in the Bob Carter junior Cup and decided to field. With the skies over Melton Park slightly overcast this proved to be a good decision as the ball was swinging and making life difficult for the Melton batsmen. Great Melton scored 212 for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 42 overs. Opening batsman Ed Allen (54) and George King (14) put on 51 runs for
the first wicket. Chris Greenslade (59) then joined Allen in a stand of 97 before Greenslade was out caught. Great Melton then suffered a mini collapse with two run outs both involving Allen. The first involved a mix-up with Allen running down the wicket to leave George Ducker (2) stranded and then getting run out himself a few balls later. Captain Nick Gristwood (0) was then was out for a duck playing a scooped shot into the covers. Simon Brett (20) got Melton back on track in partnerships with Michael Farmer (8) and Craig Woolrich (14) and, when Brett was dismissed, 12 year old Joe Greenslade (2) marked his under 17s debut with two singles. Ben Asker (7-2-16-2) was the pick of the Garboldisham bowlers with Joe Seaman (7-0-36-2) also taking 2 wickets. There was also a wicket for Matt Allin (7-1-33-1).
The skies had cleared by the end of the tea interval and Garboldisham had the benefit of batting in the warm late afternoon sunshine with the ball holding a straighter line. Opening batsmen Henry Phoenix (62) and Lewis Taylor (18) put on 41 before Taylor was caught by Allen of the bowling of Craig Woolrich (6-0-56-1). Charlie Horn (86 n.o.) then joined Phoenix for a partnership of 86 runs before Phoenix was caught by Brett off Michael Farmer (6-0-34-1). Harry Youngson (18) and Ben Asker (5) then had partnerships with Horn, both batsmen being dismissed by Melton's most effective bowler Daniel Hayward (5-0-27-20). Horn, however, capped a superb innings by hitting the winning runs as Garboldisham passed the Melton total needing only 30 overs of the 42 available.
E.Allen Run Out 54, G.King c.Taylor b.Asker 14, C.Greenslade c.Paul b.Seaman 59, G.Ducker Run Out 2, N.Gristwood c.Horn b.Seaman 0, S.Brett c.Dunkinson b.Asker 20, M.Farmer c.Phoenix b.Allin 8, J.Greenslade Not Out 2, Extras 39. TOTAL (7 wickets, 42 overs) 212 (D.Taylor 7-1-30-0, J.Paul 2-0-7-0, M.Allin 7-1-33-1, B.Asker 7-2-16-2, R.Freake 6-0-43-0, J.Seaman 7-0-36-2, H.Phoenix 6-0-37-0)
H.Phoenix c.Brett b.Farmer 62, L.Taylor c.Allen b.Woolrich 18, C.Horn Not Out 86, H.Youngson c.Gristwood b.Hayward 18, B.Asker b.Hayward 5, M.Allin NOt Out 0, Extras 24. TOTAL (4 wickets, 30.3 overs) 213 (N.Gristwood 6-1-46-0, S.Brett 4-0-19-0, C.Woolrich 6-0-56-1, M.Farmer 6-0-34-1, D.Hayward 5-0-27-2, C.Greenslade 3.3-0-26-0)