Melton youngsters shine

Great Melton U15 beat Thetford U15 by 93 runs at Thetford in the Andy Seeley Trophy.Having lost the toss, Melton were put into bat and lost their first wicket in the third over with Rob Brooker lbw for two.

Great Melton U15 beat Thetford U15 by 93 runs at Thetford in the Andy Seeley Trophy.

Having lost the toss, Melton were put into bat and lost their first wicket in the third over with Rob Brooker lbw for two.

Vivek Sharma joined Josh Wilson and the pair tore into the Thetford bowlers, with Wilson making 59 and Sharma 35. Looking to push the score on, Great Melton finished on 158 in their 20 overs for the loss of six wickets, with an excellent contribution by Toby Wyatt scoring 19 runs, and a quickfire nine from Ben Fryer.

Daniel Hayward and Mason Button opened the Great Melton attack and took an early wicket, with Button bowling the opener Wood in his first over.

Wickets fell on a regular basis and were spread amongst most of the bowlers, with Button claiming two wickets, Frankie Galvin getting his first wicket of the season and Tom Lodge claiming a caught behind by George Ducker.

The U13 player Chris Greenslade completed four excellent overs of spin to claim one for 24 in his first outing for the U15s as Thetford completed their overs with eight down for 65 runs.

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Another excellent team performance, with contributions from all 11 players.

Great Melton U15 beat Old Buckenham U15 by 59 runs in the Andy Seeley Trophy.

Having lost the toss, Melton were put into bat and George Bunn and Ed Allen soon set about the Old Buckenham bowlers.

With an excellent batting track and fast outfield, Melton were scoring at a run a ball and with his 50 in sight, Ed (46) danced down the track only to be stumped.

Josh Wilson joined Bunn, who departed two overs later, six runs short of his 50. Viv Sharma strode out to join Wilson and between them they set about building a big score.

In the final over Josh hit his 50, finishing on 55 not out, with Viv contributing a useful 19 as Melton totalled a massive 181 for two.

The plan of giving all those who had not batted a chance with the ball paid off, as wickets fell on a regular basis, with Simon Brett taking two for 17 off his three overs and Frankie Galvin one for 16 off his two overs.

However, the star was Daniel Hayward, who bowled an excellent line and length and finished with two for 12 off his four overs. George King reluctantly joined the party and claimed two for 10 off his three overs, while George Ducker ran out Bartlett, who top scored for Old Buckenham with 22, with an excellent throw from behind the stumps.

The innings came to an end with Old Buckenham falling short of their target with just one wicket intact. Again a good team performance, although the bowling needs to be tighter as no-balls and wides contributed greatly to the visitors' final total.

Great Melton U13 beat Topcroft U13 by 31 runs at Melton Park in the Alan Bridgewater Trophy.

Melton U13 produced an impressive all-round display to beat Topcroft by 31 runs.

Good bowling and fielding restricted the visitors to 268 for four, a net total of 236. Stuart Wilson bowled well again, conceding just one run in his two overs and taking a wicket, while Adam Osborne took two for 11.

David Burcombe was the other wicket-taker, as only H Taylor (10) and T Mattocks (12) made double figures.

Joe Bush (9) and Scott Lyle (17), making his debut, then got Melton off to a very bright start, scoring 32 off the first four overs without losing a wicket. David Burcombe and Chris Greenslade then played some lovely shots, scoring 18 and 11 respectively as Melton reached 291 for three, a net score of 267.

Great Melton U11 lost to Dersingham (away) and to Horsford (home) in the Terry Moore Trophy.

After starting the season with a win at Mattishall, Great Melton U11 lost two games in the space of two days.

The long journey to Dersingham ended with defeat by 33 runs after the home side had totalled 289 for five (264 net), then restricted Melton to 266 for seven (231 net).

Robert Smith (3-1-6-2) was Melton's best bowler but there were wickets for Alex Tonnison (one for seven), Matt Pummell (one for four) and Ben Carding (one for nine) and a top score of 15 from opener Cook.

Ashley Gray (11 not out) and Connor Stearman (nine not out) top scored, but there were some silly dismissals as Melton struggled to reach their target.

The next day against Horsford, Ashley Gray and Joe Greenslade got early wickets, but Melton had to wait until late in the innings for a third (bowled by Daniel Burcombe) as S Hunt's 21 enabled Horsford to score 292 for three (277 net).

Apart from last pair, Alex Tonnison (11 not out) and Connor Stearman (12), who added 25 runs, everybody was dismissed at least once as Melton's innings closed on 276 for eight (236 net), giving Horsford victory by 41 runs.

O Obeny took three for six for Horsford.