GREAT MELTON U13s beat BRADENHAM U13s by 86 runs at Bradenham in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy
Luke Marchant and Matt Ling both retired with 30 as Melton scored an impressive 125-3 in their Alan Bridgewater Trophy game at Bradenham before bowling out the home side for just 39. With both Aimee Palmer and Jacob Bush falling to first-ball ducks, it was left to Marchant (33) and Ling (30) to score the bulk of Melton’s runs before Lewis Thurston (15 not out) and Luke Richards (5 not out) added a final flourish. O.Matsell top-scored with 15 in Bradenham’s reply but the home batsmen had no answer to the straightness and consistency of Melton’s bowlers. Palmer (2-0-3-2) and Thurston (1.5-0-4-2) got 2 wickets apiece but Bethany Harmer (3-1-10-1) impressed with a wicket and a run out in her first outing for a mixed Melton team. Richards conceded just 5 runs in his 3-over opening spell and there was a wicket too for Craig Wilson (2-1-5-1)
GREAT MELTON U13s beat GARBOLDISHAM U13s by 51 runs at Garboldisham in the South Norfolk Community League
Despite an indifferent bowling and fielding display, the U13s, still had too much firepower for Garboldisham, winning the South Norfolk Community League clash by 51 runs following a stylish batting performance. Melton scored 131-3 in their 16 overs playing proper cricket shots and without resorting to any real big-hitting. Luke Marchant (30) and Fergus Hughes (32) were particularly impressive in a 50 partnership after Ryan Howard was out for 7. Tom Moye then played an equally stylish knock of 27 not out and, with Aimee Palmer (7 not out) took the score to 131. J.Cutting (3-0-15-1) was Garboldisham’s most impressive bowler but J.Baker (3-0-23-2) took 2 wickets.
Baker also impressed with the bat, scoring 39 but, despite 24 extras in a slightly below-par fielding display, Garboldisham totalled 80-5, never really threatening Melton’s score. Skipper Marchant led from the front with 2-7 in 3 overs to go with his 30 runs and Hughes (1-5) and Howard (1-13), plus a run out, accounted for the other Garboldisham wickets as Melton won by 51 runs.