Great Melton Midweek A Team, apart from a few ‘more experienced’ personnel, had a young look about it for the first round Wicklewood Shield match at Hardingham and, perhaps not surprisingly, the hosts’ team of adult players carried just a little bit too much firepower on the day. Nevertheless, despite the 6-wicket defeat, the mix of youth and maturity enjoyed a good game on a glorious sun-lit evening. In fact the setting sun at one end of the ground was so bright and difficult for the batsmen that the full 40 overs were bowled from the same end!
Melton’s total of 92-8 never looked to be quite enough. Steve Phoenix top-scored with just 16 and, despite the best efforts of the Rushton’s, Matt (14), Corey (12) and Ethan (13) and a good 11 not out at the end by Ben Johnson, no batsman was able to produce a substantial innings as Josh Downs (2-4), Mitchell Britten (2-12) and Dan Kelly (2-7) took two wickets apiece.
13-year-old James Cooper and the club’s leading wicket-taker Leo DeSalis, opened the bowling and James’ figures of 3-0-14-2 just about bettered Leo’s (4-0-19-1) as the pair kept Melton very much in the match. However, Chris Watts proved obdurate and, despite a fourth wicket from Matt Rushton, Watts remained unbeaten on 32 and saw Hardingham home with 3 overs to spare.
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