Match-saving knock from teenage rookie

13-year-old A Grade cricketers Austin Harwood and Henry Melville.

Colac cricket officials say 13-year-old Henry Melville showed maturity beyond his years in his match-saving knock against Apollo Bay.

Melville was one of three 13-year-olds playing in the Colac district cricket Division One match, along with debutants Colac’s Austin Harwood, who took 1-42, and Apollo Bay’s Isaac Noseda, 10 runs.

The Stallions were in trouble at 4-37, chasing Apollo Bay’s total of 9-152, when Melville came to the crease at number five.

The teenager crafted an unbeaten 32 runs, putting on a 75-run partnership with Nathan Humphrey to guide Colac to a five-wicket victory.

Humphrey finished with 50 runs.

Colac captain Alex White praised Melville for handling the pressure with the Stallions in jeopardy of losing their second straight match.

Melville, who won the Division Three association best-and-fairest award last season, was in his second Division One game after scoring three runs in last week’s debut.

“When we’re looking at starting the season 0-2, for a 13-year-old to go out to bat and get his team over the line in his second Division One game, it’s pretty impressive,” White said.

See Wednesday’s Colac Herald for more.

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