Valiant Effort but U9s Lose to Horsford
GREAT MELTON U9s lost to HORSFORD U9s by 19 runs at Melton Park in the John Dewing Competition
Despite a valiant attempt by Great Melton U9s last batting pair, Blade Earley and James Alcock, who scored 43 in 4 overs, Horsford won by 19 runs in a well contested John Dewing group match. Batting first the visitors scored 300-5, a net total of 280 with Riley Borges (14, out once) and J.C. Malherbe (10) their top scorers. James Alcock bowled well taking 2-16 from his 3 overs and not bowling a single wide or no-ball, Evan Mercer, a last-minute volunteer wicket-keeper tried hard behind the sumps and and there were some good stops in the field but too many extras – 51 – undoubtedly contributed to Melton's defeat.
Horsford, a little more experienced at this level, were generally more accurate with their bowling and their fielding was a little sharper but, nevertheless, the Melton lads gave a good account of themselves. Second pairing George Alcock (11) and Evan Mercer (9) added 27 runs with only one dismissal but, as Melton's 3rd pair tried to increase the tempo, Matt Bevan bowled Owen Ward (3) and Freddie Pattison (1) was run out twice to leave Melton needing 63 runs to win as Blade and James came to the wicket. It was a very tall order but the boys went about it in their usual belligerent style, scampering singles and smashing any loose bowling to the boundary. James hit one four and Blade 3 fours and a huge six but, in the end, it was just too much to ask and Blade was run out as Melton finished 19 runs short. Spin bowler Riley Borges was outstanding for Horsford with figures of 3-0-7-1 while J.C.Malherbe took 2-3 in his 2 overs.
Interestingly Melton scored 61 runs off the bat compared to only 48 by Horsford but lost 3 more wickets and conceded 18 more ‘extras'!
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