Hughes Tops 500 As U13s Clinch the SNCL Title
GREAT MELTON U13s beat ROCKLANDS U13s by 98 runs at Rocklands in the South Norfolk Community League
The Under 13s capped an excellent season with an impressive all round performance at Rocklands that clinched the South Norfolk Community League title. Fergus Hughes' unbeaten 63 took him past 500 runs for the U13s and he, once again, was the backbone of the Melton innings as manager, Martyn Moye, gave an opportunity to some of the lads who hadn't batted much this season because of the consistently good form of Hughes, Tom Moye, Luke Marchant, Ryan Howard and Matt Ling. Kyle Weston looked particularly fluent, playing some excellent straight and cover drives before mistiming a leg side pull to be caught at mid-wicket for 22. Craig Wilson (6), Ben Bailey (8) and Howard (11) also provided Hughes with good support as Melton recovered from the loss of Moye for a second ball duck to score 134-5. M.Hendrie with 2-20 and M.Noonan with 1-16 were Rocklands most successful bowlers.
After Craig Wilson (2-0-4-0) and Pat Walton (2-0-4-0) had opened with their usual economy and Weston had combined with Matt Ling to run out Hendrie for 3, Melton's bowlers kept the Rocklands batsmen under pressure with their accuracy. Wickets fell regularly and, in fact, Kerrison's 7 was the highest score as Bailey (2-0-7-1), Moye (2-0-3-1), Weston (3-0-9-3), Howard (1-1-0-0) and Hughes (0.1-0-0-1) combined to bowl out Rocklands for just 36, giving Melton victory by 98 runs.
It means that the U13s are SNCL Champions as well as having appeared in two County finals. With Moye, Fergus & Finlay Hughes, Wilson, Walton, Weston, Lewis Thurston, Luke Richards, Beth Harmer and Aimee Palmer all still able to play in the U13s next season plus a good group of U11s moving up, 2014 should be another good year. Expect to see many of the successful side also making their mark in the C Team next season.
Thanks to manager, Martyn Moye and Coach David Bunn for all their work and commitment through the season and to Roy Wilson, Andy Ling and Dale Weston for scoring.