GREAT MELTON U15s beat HETHERSETT & TAS VALLEY U15s by 5 runs at Flordon in the South Norfolk Community League
Josh Wright skippered the U15s to a close fought victory at Hethersett & Tas Valley.
Great Melton were invited to bat first on a strip with little boundary on the far side and a huge acreage to protect on the pavilion side. James Bridges (8) cut the first ball of the match for 4 immediately showing that pitching the ball up was going to pay on this wicket. Kai Wilkinson-Loines(47*) also played several fines strokes square of the wicket on both sides in another quality knock to add to his strong season. Kai was joined by debutant Atticus Evans-Lombe (21) in the 5th over. Atticus introduced himself with 2 sumptuous off drives that had umpire Mally Howard purring (If Mally purrs!) and the pair added 55 in 7 overs. Skipper Josh Wright(15*) joined Kai for the final 19 balls of the innings and 34 runs were added including a pulled 6 from Josh.
The total of 121-2 looked good though it was a big field to defend with 8 players.
T Howard and J Gibson opened for Tas and it began to look as if 121 was well below par as they added 36 from the first 4 overs. Josh brought himself on and found the full length bowling required inducing an edge through to keeper Kai by Howard for a brisk 21. Gibson was joined by Ben Way and they added 39 in 5 overs to put Tas on 86 after 10 overs. Only 36 runs required off the last 6 overs.
However, Josh introduced the bowlers who were getting the full length and slower pace required on this wicket. Backed by tenacious fielding from the whole team, Atticus (1-0-4-0), Caitlin Ellis (3-0-21-0) and the match winning spell of Jack Gormon (3-0-11-2) brought about a tense victory as Leo Sargeant was bowled trying to hit a 6 off the last ball of the match.
This was a good game of U15s cricket played in a competitive though friendly atmosphere.
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