GREAT MELTON U9s lost to NORWICH U9s by 117 runs at Melton Park in the John Dewing Trophy
A very inexperienced Melton U9s were no match for Norwich, losing their final John Dewing Group 2 match by 117 runs. Having no hesitation in electing to bat on winning the toss, Melton skipper Danny Wright might have hoped for a bigger total to defend that the net 209. Apart from ‘extras’ (27), Nathan Collins, with 7, was the top-scorer as Melton struggled against some good Norwich bowlers. Some of the batsmen found the new experience of running in pads, gloves, boxes etc. a little limiting and there were 2 run-outs. Wright and Henry Burke were the only batsmen not to lose their wicket as Melton finished on 241-8.
Norwich’s Jack and Olli, with 30 and 26 respectively were the top scorers in the match as the visitors made 326-5 to win comfortably but there was some good bowling by Henry (2-0-9-1) and plenty of energy and enthusiasm in the field.
For some it was their first-ever game of hard-ball cricket and, at times this showed against a much more experienced Norwich team but they enjoyed it and coach Guy McCurley was pleased to report no post-match traumatic stress, several of the team asking ‘did we win’ at the after-match briefing! Needless to say, Guy’s chocolate biscuits were very well-received and devoured with considerable aplomb!
The U9s have won 2 and lost 2 in their John Dewing group and are currently 2nd. Whether they qualify for the quarter-finals will depend on teams below them playing their outstanding games by the end of the week.