Junior Team ReportsTwo Wins for U15s Shows Strength in Depth

Two Wins for U15s Shows Strength in Depth

GREAT MELTON U15s beat ACLE at Acle by 32 runs in the ECB Cup and Garboldisham by 64 runs at Melton Park in the Andy Seeley Trophy

The strength of Great Melton's current U15s' squad was well illustrated by two victories within a week.  Last Monday James Bridges scored 50, Lohit Kannan 43 not out and Josh Wright 27 as Melton beat Acle by 32 runs in the ECB Cup and, on Wednesday, although Bridges, Kannan and Wright were all playing, none of them were required to bat as Charlie Green (30 retired), Nat Buxton (19), Saxon Earley (33 retired) and Caitlin Ellis (23 not out) got the runs in a 64-run victory over Garboldisham in the Andy Seeley Trophy.

Against Acle, a late start due to traffic hold-ups on the A47 combined with a miserable cloudy, cold evening meant that the game – designated as a 20 over match with wides/no-balls bowled again – finished in the dark.  With hindsight the overs ought to have been reduced but it was Melton who enjoyed the best of the light when skipper Josh Wright won the toss and batted.  Bridges and Kannan batted very well with the former reaching his half-century before retiring.  Kannan hit 3 fours & a 6 in his unbeaten 43 and, with Wright contributing 27, Melton had amassed 146-1 by the end of the 18th over.  With the light worsening and the time showing 7.40 p.m. Wright's dismissal then brought a declaration.

Although Blazer was bowled early-on by Cassie Mawby, Acle went about their response in positive fashion, Jack Patterson (16), Debangshu Chakrabati (31) and, particularly Oliver Reek (37 not out) hitting some powerful shots as the scoring rate was maintained at around 7 an over.  However, a good debut spell of bowling from Robert Mackintosh (3-0-12-0), 3 wickets from Saxon Earley (2-1-7-3) and 2 from Wright (4-0-17-2) slowed the run-rate and, although Reek was still there, the task became impossible, as both batsmen and fielders struggled to see the ball – while spectators huddled in the warmth of the clubroom, struggled to see anything!  With the score on 114-6, and no chance of victory, the Acle coach ended the match by also declaring – after 19 overs.

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After winning another toss and batting first against Garboldisham at Melton Park Charlie Green and Nat Buxton didn't hang about smashing boundaries galore in an exciting opening stand before Buxton went for 19.  With Green retiring on 30 and Saxon Early on 33 the momentum was maintained while Caitlin Ellis showed how much improvement she has made to her batting, with a very good unbeaten 23, Ben Fletcher finishing on 2 not out.

Garby were never in with a chance of overhauling Melton's 135-1, wickets falling at regular intervals, although William Wright showed a good eye for the ball, hitting a powerful unbeaten 24.  Lohit Kannan took 2-0 off his 2 overs and there was a wicket each for Bridges (2-0-4-1), Ellis (1-19), Wright (3-0-10-1) and Green (1-0-4-1) as Garboldisham finished on 71-6.

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Steve Phoenix

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