GREAT MELTON MIDWEEK A TEAM beat EATON by 66 runs at Melton Park in the Wicklewood Shield Final.
Aslam Mohammed scored 82 in 10 overs and Kyle Mason took 5-16 – his first ever ‘fifer’ – as Great Melton retained the Wicklewood Shield with a 66-run victory over old friends Eaton.
Having lost the toss Melton batted first and suffered a first-over setback when Jon Moxon was run out for a duck but Aslam joined Alex Pattison and immediately signalled his intentions, his first 3 scoring shots racing to the boundary. All the Eaton bowlers with the exception of Luke Billington (4-0-22-1) suffered as Aslam featured in partnerships of 66 with Pattison (11) and 44 with Eusha Fawad (16). He eventually fell to a fine catch by Luke Cremson at long on having hit 3 sixes and 13 fours in a calypso 82 – his first 50 for the club. With 8 overs still to go and the score already on 115 Melton were well-placed to achieve s very high total but no-one could match Aslam’s power hitting. Matt Rennie (9), Neal Clarke (14), skipper Chris Elliott, unluckily run out for 2 when a drive from Clarke was deflected onto the stumps at the non- striker’s end, Steve Phoenix (7 not out) and Clive Rennie (3 not out) did, however, manage to push the score to 159-7.
There was early success for Melton when Craig Wilson bowled Eaton dangerman Sam Butcher for 7. Wilson (4-0-25-1) and Matt Rennie (4-0-18-1) helped by some good fielding, kept things tight over the first 8 overs but Matt Duke showed plenty of resistance with a brave 34 before being bowled by Clive Rennie (4-0-17-1) in the 13th over with the score at 76. Kyle Mason, though, ensured any chance Eaton had of chasing down Melton’s score, were swept away in 4 overs. Four dismissals, all bowled and one lbw gave Kyle figures of 4-0-16-5, his best ever. It ended Eaton’s resistance and Luke Billington (13 not out) and skipper John Chilvers (1 not out) played out the last few overs as the visitors ended on 93-8.
With batsmen usually holding sway in T20 cricket and, although Aslam’s fireworks were a highlight, it was Kyle Mason who was judged man-of-the-match by umpires Kevin Chilleystone and Kevin O’Grady plus Jack Hipperson who then presented the Wicklewood Shield to Melton skipper Chris Elliott.