Great Melton youngsters are praised after cup triumph

Great Melton Under-11s celebrate their success with sponsor Damian Conway.

Great Melton Under-11s celebrate their success with sponsor Damian Conway. - Credit: Archant

Saxon Earley was the hero of the day as Great Melton produced a show-stopping late surge to snatch victory in the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Alliance Terry Moore U11 trophy against local rivals Swardeston.

Playing at Garboldisham, Saxon and partner Jack Gorman added 39 runs from their four overs to see their team home, cueing wild celebrations. Great Melton had finally won a county competition at the eighth attempt.

Damian Conway, co-owner of sponsors Dipple and Conway, summed up the pride of watching parents, coaches and supporters when he presented medals and trophies and praised the spirit in which the games were played.

'I was immensely impressed by how professional players were in their approach to the game – while clearly having huge fun at the same time, said Mr Conway.

'From what I have seen today, I have every confidence in the continued success of the Dipple & Conway Opticians Norfolk Cricket Alliance for many years to come. And who knows – we could have been watching England stars of the future out here today.'

Batting first, Swardeston scored freely, reaching 318 after 16 overs but lost nine wickets along the way to reduce their score to 264 net. Zach Taylor was the pick of the batsmen with 25 and there were also useful contributions from Ezra Khan, Edward Taylor andTom Bailey. Charlie Green and Jack Gorman both took two wickets.

After 12 overs of Great Melton's reply and the score on 233 it looked a big ask for the last pair.

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But Saxon was in blistering form and finished with 31 not out, to be named man of the match by Norfolk Cricket Board Development Officer Kevin Denmark.Saxon was hoisted shoulder-high by ecstatic team-mates as the celebrations got under way.

Mr Conway expressed delight at seeing so many parents and supporters urging players on with very vocal encouragement.

'Dipple & Conway is proud to be a family-orientated business and, as sponsors, we're thrilled to see such a strong family ethos running through the Alliance.'