U13s Win the ALAN BRIDGEWATER CUP
Great Melton’s all-conquering U13s completed a stellar season by winning the Norfolk Alliance Alan Bridgewater Cup to add to the South Norfolk Community ‘Breckland’ League championship. From the moment skipper and man-of-the-match, James Alcock, won the toss and chose to bat at an overcast Melton Park, visitors Sprowston were up against it. James and opening partner, Blade Earley (5 fours, 1 six), attacked the Sprowston bowling at every opportunity and, by the time both retired having scored 30, the score had raced to 80 off just 8 overs. George Alcock and Alice Brand continued the onslaught with George the third Melton batsman to retire having hit 5 fours and a six in his 30. There was finally success for Sprowston when Alice was bowled by Archie Denmar for 24 but, by then, the score had reached 134-1. Sprowston stuck to their task well and earned some deserved success when Ben Tree and Charlie Hosmer went cheaply but, Evan Mercer’s dismissal for a classy 10, simply brought the return of James who, with Bryce Stoltz (3 not out) took the 16-over score to a daunting 169-4. James ended on 44 not out that included 2 fours and 5 sixes, including a second six of the innings over Sir Edward’s garden wall! Archie Denmar was the visitors most successful bowler with 2-18 but James Atkins (3-19) was the most impressive.
Against Melton’s varied attack, Sprowston faced an almost impossible task and a catch by Blade gave Bryce an early wicket to make things even harder. James Moore batted well to retire on 33, Ted Adams scored a solid 19 and Eldho Jacob 10 but with James (3-0-21-1) removing opposing skipper Atkins for 4 and wickets for Ben (1-19) and Charlie (1-13), scoring 10 an over proved impossible. In the end the visitors reached a creditable 103-4.
Alliance Junior Competition organiser Robin Hewitson congratulated both teams on a good game of cricket and Melton in particular for their aggressive batting before presenting the cup and medals. The umpires chose James as man-of-the-match for his all-round excellence that included his captaincy, 44 not out and 1-21. It is the fourth time Melton have reached the final of the Alan Bridgewater but the first time the club has won it. It completes a fine season for the U13s who have played 12 games, winning 11 of them and only losing to Horsford in the ECB K.O. Cup. Huge congratulations to the team and to Manager Martin Alcock.
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