Great Melton U13s beat Swardeston U13s by 1 run at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
Melton U13s produced an inspired bowling and fielding performance to beat Swardeston by one run in the Alan Bridgewater pairs competition. Swardeston batted first and scored 278 but Melton took 8 wickets leaving Swardeston on net score of 214. Connor Stearman (3-1-6-2) led the way with the ball, backed up by Rob Smith (3-0-14-1), Ben Carding (3-012-2) and Luke Marchant (3-0-11-2), Luke taking his wickets in consecutive balls. It was a brilliant effort in the field by the boys against one of the top clubs in the county. With only a small total to get Melton made hard work of the batting, losing 6 wickets though bad shot selection and 2 silly run outs. With the sixth wicket lost in the 16th over it led to a tense finish, Swardeston needing 1 wicket to win and Melton having to see out the over for victory. Joey Greenslade’s forward defensive proved more than a match for Swardeston’s opening bowler, however, and Melton earned themselves a rare win over their formidable opponents.
Great Melton U13s beat Great Ellingham B by 81 runs at Melton Park in the South Norfolk Community League
Ben Carding scored his maiden half century as Melton U13s proved too strong for Great Ellingham B in the South Norfolk Community League. Put into bat first, Melton lost Connor Stearman (6) and Sam Carding (7) early on but Ben Carding’s 52 not out and Rob Smith’s 27 not out helped Melton to an impressive total of 143-2. Both batsmen kept the score moving with some good running between the wickets and some great shots but there was also 51 extras! Melton’s bowling and fielding fell short of the high standards they have set in recent games. They gave away 39 in extras in Ellingham’s total of 62. There were wickets for Bradley Russell (3-1-12-2), Marcus Mawby (2.3-0-14-1) and Ben Carding (1-0-2-1), a catch off his own bowling for Ben Singleton (2-0-15-1) and 2 run outs. Melton won the game by 81 runs which gives them 4 wins out of 4 in the South Norfolk League.