Great Melton U11s beat Mundford U11s by 46 runs at Mundford in the Terry Moore Trophy
Despite a disappointing batting display that saw only 24 runs off the bat and 9 wickets lost, Melton’s Under 11s still managed to win fairly comfortably at Mundford, making it 7 wins out of 7 in the Terry Moore Trophy, with just one match left to play – against main group contenders, Swardeston. Melton’s success – as has been the case all season – was down to a disciplined bowling and fielding performance. The ability of the Melton boys to bowl straight has proved too much for all their opponents. Without the usual number of ‘wides’ normally conceded at U11 level, opposing teams have found it difficult to post a reasonable total. Tom Moye was the star for Melton, taking two wickets in the first over of the match and finishing with remarkable figures of 3-1-7-5. Ryan Howard took 2-2 and Luke Marchant 2-10 and there were direct-hit run outs for Luke and Fergus Hughes as the home side struggled to 252-11, a net score of 197.
Melton really only needed to avoid losing wickets to win the game but they kept losing them with alarming regularity. Ryan Howard (3*), Luke Marchant (5) and Arvind Shanmugan (1*) were the only three who did not get out as some silly run outs and poor shot selections saw Melton lose 9 wickets in scoring 288. This still gave them a comfortable win by 46 runs but it was only because Mundford conceded 64 ‘extras’ compared to 18 by Melton. It was one of those days with the bat but the boys can feel well pleased with their efforts this season and should feel confident that they can give Swardeston a run for their money in the final group game next Monday.