Some Lessons to Learn as U15s Lose Twice
GREAT MELTON U15s lost to CRINGLEFORD U15s by 29 runs at Melton Park in the Andy Seeley Trophy
Melton U15s paid for their over-confidence and learnt a harsh lesson – never to under-estimate an opponent – as visitors Cringleford recovered from a poor start to come back strongly at Melton, eventually winning by 29 runs. With both openers dismissed by Zef Ishtiaq (2-0-7-2) with just 7 on the board, skipper Chris Greenslade took the opportunity to give 9 players a bowl and Sam Carding (2-1-1-2) and Hadi Kashif (3-0-19-2), in particular, took their opportunity to impress as Cringleford slumped to 61-7 off 13 overs. Will Evans (42) hung around, however and, when he was joined by the late-arriving S.Proctor (18 not out), Cringleford launched something of a recovery, eventually scoring 106 all out. Nevertheless, Melton were confident they had the batsmen to overhaul this total, a confidence that was to prove misplaced as Daisley (2-11) and Evans (3-15) removed the Melton top five for just 28. Only some spirited late resistance from Alex Rennie (11 not out) and Kashif (13 not out), who enjoyed an impressive debut that included an excellent one-handed catch, restored a bit of pride as Melton struggled to 77-8.
GREAT MELTON U15s lost to HARDINGHAM U15s by 2 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Skipper Michael Farmer scored 52 not out but it wasn't enough as Melton U15s lost to Hardingham in a dramatic finish. With F.Falcon scoring 55 not out and 35 extras, the visitors made 114-4, but Melton, thanks to Farmer's half-century, and good innings by Connor Stearman (17) and Sam Carding (20), looked well placed for victory, needing 7 to win off the last over and 4 off the last 4 balls but, with Farmer stranded at the non-striker's end, Martinez bowled Carding, then Alex Tonnison and, with Ben Singleton only able to scramble a single off the last ball, Melton finished 2 runs short.