Great Melton Junior Cricket Festival

There was plenty of fun in the sun last Saturday as 50 young cricketers celebrated the end of a successful season at Great Melton's Junior Festival and Presentation Day. Two in-house 'sevens' tournaments in which the teams took the names of County T20 sides resulted in some excellent cricket and an exciting finish in the U17s competition.

The three teams, Somerset Sabres, Durham Dynamos and Nottinghamshire Outlaws finished level on points after two victories apiece but the Sabres team of Simon Brett (captain), Joe Nicholson, Joe Bush, Josh Mellor, Dylan Green, Michael Farmer and Marcus Annegarn won, having scored two more runs and lost one fewer wickets than second-placed Outlaws.

In the U12 event, the Sussex Sharks team of Sam Carding (captain), George Frazer, Ben Singleton, Alex Rennie, Ryan Howard, Henry Felton and Robert Marjot proved too strong for the rest, winning all three matches. The U17 player of the tournament went to winning captain Simon Brett who led from the front with innings of 20 (ret), 21 (ret), 15 not out and 10. The junior tournament had two players of the tournament, Sam Carding (Sharks) was the U12s winner and Rob Smith (Middlesex Panthers) the U11 star.

The junior section has enjoyed another very good year with over 170 youngsters attending coaching sessions and 44 matches played at four age groups, resulting in 31 wins.

The U11s and U15s both won their sections of the South Norfolk Community League.

The patron of the club, Sir Edward Evans-Loombe and vice-presidents Roy and Carol Taylor, sponsors of the U11s and U15s, presented the end-of-season awards and it was a good day for the Greenslade brothers. Joe scored 417 runs at an amazing average of 104.25 and was U11 players' player of the year but Chris went even better, scoring 547 runs for the U13s and U15s and being dismissed only twice.

He was pipped to the players' player of the year award by the much-improved Michael Farmer who scored 167 runs and took 16 wickets but Chris deservedly picked up the coaches' U13 player of the year trophy. Luke Marchant took the U11 coaches' award. George King (players' player) and Toby Wyatt (coaches' player) were the U15 winners. George scored 529 at an average of 105.8.

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In a separate part of the festival the U9s competed in an eight-a-side match in which the Bears beat the Lions with player of the tournament Tom Moye scoring 24 not out and taking two wickets.

An added highlight was provided by U13s player, Johnny Malcolm, who is the British young juggler of the year. He kept everybody entertained by juggling with bats and cricket balls.

Certificates were also awarded to:

U9s: Most improved Craig Wilson; excellent attitude Aaron Bradford, Tom Moye, Jack Broad, Jacob Bush; commitment and attendance Craig Wilson, William Foster, Finlay Hughes, Jack Gorman, Sam Johnson.

Girls: Most improved Emma Bunn; commitment and attendance Hayley Chalcraft, Rachael Hustler.

U11s: Most improved Ryan Howard; excellent attitude Alex Rennie; commitment and attendance Ben Carding, Luke Marchant, Marcus Mawby, Jacob Mitchell, Rob Smith.

U13s: Most improved Bradley Harcourt; excellent attitude Craig Woolrich; commitment and attendance, Daniel Foster, Douglas Hustler, Sam Palmer, Craig Woolrich, Connor Stearman.

U15s: Most improved Stuart Wilson; excellent attitude Joe Bush; commitment and attendance Andy Heard, Toby Wyatt, Peter Frazer, Tom Smith, Stuart Wilson, Josh Mellor.