Semi-Final Defeat for U11s
GREAT MELTON U11s lost to GREAT WITCHINGHAM U11s by 29 runs at Great Witchingham in the Terry Moore Trophy Semi-Final
Great Melton U11s' hopes of reaching a second successive Terry Moore Cup Final were dashed at Great Witchingham where, despite an excellent bowling and fielding display, they lost by 29 runs to a team containing 5 county players. Witchingham's bowlers were simply too good for Melton's batsmen with Norfolk U11s' opening bowler Arnold (3-1-7-1), Murphy (3-1-5-1) and spinner Rogers (3-1-6-1) particularly difficult to score off. Patrick Walton (10), Logan Stearman (13 not out) and Lewis Thurston (13 not out) tried hard and played some impressive shots but 5 wickets were lost and, by the time last pair, Fergus Hughes and Craig Wilson, came to the crease with the score on 252-5, 38 runs were still needed off 4 overs. Even Melton's best batsmen, Hughes, struggled against Arnold and Murphy and, in the end, Witchingham ran out desrved winners.
Melton can feel proud of the efforts, however. From the first ball dismissal of Arnold, caught and bowled by Arvind Shanmugan, Melton's bowlers once again showed they were a match for any Under 11 side in the County. Shanmugan, in his last game for Melton before moving to Colchester, was superb, taking 2-8 from 3 overs and, despite a few boundaries from DeLucchi (24), Arnold (13) and Rogers (15), Witchingham were restricted to 280-3, a net score of 265. Melton bowled just 2 no balls and 2 wides in their 16 overs and Witchingham 3 wides and a no ball which is an impressive statistic in any cricket but especially in U11s! Melton were unlucky to have to face perhaps the strongest side in the competition in the semi-final but, until the final few overs, the result was always in the balance with the Great Witchingham and Norfolk U11s manager, Colin DeLucchi, complimenting Melton as “the best side we have played this season”.
It was Melton U11s first defeat in 11 matches.
Thomas Moye, Patrick Walton, Fergus Hughes, Kyle Weston.
Craig Wilson, Arvind Shanmugan, Logan Stearman, Lewis Thurston.