Melton’s midweek A side ensured they progressed to the semi-finals of the Wicklewood Shield with a comfortable win over Wicklewood. Having beaten Eaton in the first group match a second win means we progress as group winners.
Skipper Chris Elliott won the toss and was happy to have first use of the Melton Park track. On a picture-perfect summer evening the scene looked set for a feast of batting but it didn’t really work out like that. Melton’s opening pair of Woody Loines (12) and Jon Moxon didn’t last long but Tim Hales continued his rich vein of form and was the only home player to build a significant score. Debutant James Phillips looked correct and supported Hales whilst making 14 but it was the Tim Hales show with five 4s and two 6s in his score of 74 that helped Melton post 127. Among the opposition bowlers two of the tidiest were ex-Melton players Ben Mann (4-0-12-0) and Micky Ladbrooke (3-0-14-2).
With an under-par score to defend Melton needed to keep things in check and this was just what happened through Gary Coulson (4-0-18-0) and Kyle Mason (3-0-10-1). Phillips showed his all round abilities (3-0-11-2) and took the key wicket of Mann for 20 as Wicklewood struggled to build momentum. No fewer than 4 run outs didn’t help the run chase and it was left to Neal Clarke (4-0-18-2), Stu Wilson (3-0-15-1) and Duncan Greenslade (3-1-12-0) to see Melton home.
Details are still awaited of the semi-final opponents and venue.