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U13s Too Strong for Saham Toney

GREAT MELTON U13s beat SAHAM TONEY U13s by 115 runs at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Competition

Melton’s U13s scored 133-0 then bowled out Saham Toney for just 18 in a very one-sided Alan Bridgewater clash but, with sterner tests in store, the performance of some of Melton’s debutants showed the strength in depth of Melton’s squad.  Jack Williamson took 2 wickets in his first 3 balls while Joe Mower returned figures of 1-0 from his 2 overs as well as performing a direct-hit run out.

Melton were made aware by Saham manager Tony Mowles that the visitors would be weak with several lads playing their first competitive game so Melton only included Pat Walton, Josh Wright and Kai Wilkinson-Loines of the 11 in action at Sheringham.  Wilkinson-Loines (7) and Wright (18) got Melton off to a good start, helped by several ‘extras’ before retiring with 5 overs of the innings left.  Walton then hit a quick unbeaten 33 and, with James Ketteridge (4 not out) and Williamson (1 not out) chipping in, Melton were able to pose a very challenging total.  Although some of the young Saham bowlers struggled to bowl a straight line, skipper Luke Patterson (4-0-14-0) was impressive.

Although Walton gave everyone an over each and both he and Wright did not bowl at their normal pace, Melton’s accuracy proved too much for the inexperienced Saham Toney batsman. Kit Fordham (2-0-9-0), Revanth Roy (1.4-0-5-1), Walton (1-1-0-1), Ketteridge (1-0-2-0), Wright (1-0-1-0) as well as Mower and Williamson, all returned very economical figures as the visitors were dismissed for 18.

Both teams are to be commended for the way they conducted themselves on a very cold evening.

Next week the U13 have two games, Swardeston B at Hilltops on Monday and Mulbarton at Melton Park on Thursday.  I am not available on Monday so if anybody can help Clive it would be much appreciated.

Steve Phoenix

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