Victory With 3 Balls to Spare For Under 15s
GREAT MELTON U15s (13 points) beat GREAT ELLINGHAM U15s (3 points) by 4 wickets at Great Ellingham in the South Norfolk Community League
A sunny Friday evening finally gave Great Melton U15s the chance to complete their twice-postponed South Norfolk Community League match at Great Ellingham and it resulted in a victory that was much closer than it probably should have been, Ben Carding striking the winning run with just 3 balls to spare. Ellingham, batting first on their artificial wicket, struggled from the start and were 9-3 before some powerful hitting from Matt Thompson (21) helped by 33 wides and no balls, enabled them to total 70 all out. There were two wickets apiece for Zef Ishtiaq (3-0-13-2) and Ben Carding (3-0-10-2) – the pick of the bowlers – and one each for Ben Singleton (2-0-8-1), Hadi Kashif (2-0-15-1) and Craig Woolrich (2-0-11-1) but, in truth, Melton didn't bowl straight enough, particularly against the tail. Hannah Brook, making her debut for Melton, did very well behind the stumps, conceding only 1 bye.
Michael Farmer opened the batting with Woolrich and the pair played some good shots as the score moved comfortably to 42 before Woolrich was stumped for 21. Farmer was then caught behind for 25 and, when Kashif (2) was also dismissed, Melton were suddenly under a bit of pressure. Just 7 runs were added in 4 overs and, with 2 remaining, Melton still needed 6 runs for victory. By the final over the scores were level and, after some nervous moments, the Carding brothers saw Melton home, Sam finishing on 8 and Ben on 5. Thompson (3-0-7-1) and J.Fuller (3-0-10-2) were Ellingham's best bowlers.