Squad Depth a Factor in U13s Success!
GREAT MELTON U13s beat TOPCROFT U13s by 6 wickets at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
With 2 players, Sam Nutt and Marcello Moerdyk, making their debuts and another, Michael Baker, playing his first game of the season, Great Melton U13s showed the depth of their squad by still winning convincingly against Topcroft. This was after an opening partnership of 51 by Topcroft's Archie Conway and Ollie Shipham, featuring some very good off-side shots, that ended in the 9th over when Conway got a ball from Moerdyk that kept low and was bowled off his pads. Shipham retired having scored 43 and, with Jack Day bowled by Josh Wright, the Topcroft innings ended rather sedately on 94-2. The lack of urgency in picking up the singles was to cost the visitors the match but Melton's performance in the field was strangely muted too – missing the U13s usual bubbling enthusiasm – although the actual fielding standards were high, with Kai Wilkinson-Loines performing well behind the stumps, only conceding 3 byes.
The batting, however, showed a greater intensity with Josh Wright and Ben Granville taking quick singles wherever possible and dispatching any wayward bowling to the boundary. The pair put on 52 in 8 overs before Wright was caught and bowled by Luke Bettridge, son of former Melton player Ian. Finlay Hughes joined Granville and hit some fine shots before Granville retired, the straight drive for four to bring his total to 43, typical of his excellent knock. Ben has now scored 73 without being dismissed in his last 2 innings. Hughes hit a no ball for four soon after to bring up Melton's 100 and give them a 6-wicket victory in the 14th over.
Archie Conway b Merdyk 21, Ollie Shipham rtd 43, Jack Day b Wright 2, James Webster not out 9, Luke Betteridge not out 2
Extras 17. Total 94 – 2 (Finlay Hughes 3-0-12-0, Ben Granville 3-0-20-0, Sam Nutt 1-0-12-0, Charlie Green 3-0-10-0, Marcello Merdyk 2-0-13-1, Josh Wright 2-0-10-1, Michael Baker 2-0-10-0)
Great Melton U13s
Josh Wright ct & b Betteridge 17, Ben Granville rtd 43, Finlay Hughes not out 20, Charlie Green not out 1, Extras 19. Total 100 -1 (James Webster 2-0-4-0, Archie Nolan 2-0-11-0, Jack Day 3-0-23-0, Lee Ellis 2-0-12-0, Luke Betteridge 3-0-18-1, Ollie Shipham 1-0-10-0, Archie Conway 0.2-0-10-0)