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Lohit’s Double-Wicket Maiden Turns the Game for Unbeaten U11s

GREAT MELTON U11s beat ROCKLANDS U11s by 17 runs at Rocklands in the Terry Moore Trophy

The U11s remain unbeaten in all competitions but were given a tough game by Rocklands who restricted Melton to a net score of 256 and, after 8 overs looked reasonably comfortable at 234-1 until two wickets in an over from Lohit Kannan swung the game Melton's way.

Charlie Green (9) and Mark Attfield (4) gave Melton a solid start with 17 in their 4 overs without losing a wicket but, although second pairing Jack Gorman (15) and Holly Marchant (5) added 28 runs, Gorman was out twice.  Lohit Kannan (13) and Cameron Graveling (3) also suffered an dismissal apiece in scoring 31 and last pair Sam Johnson (1) and Olly Leinster (4) could only add 10 for the last wicket against some good bowling from Andy Thresh and Daisy Eke.  With Leinster presenting Thresh (3-0-8-1) with a simple caught-and-bowled Melton's final total stood at 286-5 with 30 runs deducted for wickets lost.  Rocklands' Luke Webster (2-0-15-2) and Sam Allen (2-0-10-2) both took two apiece but Eke (3-0-6-0) was the pick of the bowlers.

Kannan struck an early blow for Melton bowling Eke with his fourth ball but Webster (10) struck the ball well and second pairing Atkin (3) and Peek-Vout (6) took the score to 234-1, meaning Rocklands were exactly half-way to their target at the mid-point of the innings.  Lohit's second over was the turning point, however.  He produced a double-wicket maiden and, when Holly Marchant's excellent throw helped run out Hood, Melton were back on top.  Tight bowling by Johnson, Attfield, Kannan and Graveling in the final four overs restricted Rocklands captain Thresh to just 10 runs as the home side finished on 263-4, 17 runs short of Melton's total.

Lohit's final figures of 3-1-6-3 were impressive but none of Melton's bowlers conceded more than 10 runs in their minimum two overs with Attfield (0-6) and Green (0-7) the next best.  It wasn't one of Melton's better performances with too many silly dismissals and a few lapses in the field but the team responded well to their stiffest challenge so far and 3 wins in each of the Terry Moore and South Norfolk Community League competitions represents a very good start to the season.

Steve Phoenix

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