Wicklewood 116-7 (20 overs), Great Melton 117-4 (19.2 overs) in the Wicklewood Shield.
Melton’s midweek A side faced Wicklewood in the final group match with both teams knowing a win would secure a semi-final place and defeat would mean elimination.
The visitors won the toss and chose to bat with former Melton player Ben Mann making 39 and leading a fast start, Wicklewood reaching 33 in just 3 overs. Craig Wilson (3-0-28-1) made the breakthrough and De Salis (4-0-20-0) helped stem the flow. Spin twins Clive Rennie (4-0-22-0) and Jim Rice (4-0-13-3) then continued to apply the brakes. Rice, bowling in glasses for the first time, couldn’t believe how big the stumps looked and duly hit them three times! Just as well as Martin Bunn, welcomed back for his first game of the season, made a hash of a simple catch.
The final change bowlers were Kyle Weston who bowled briskly and accurately (3-0-17-0) and, to some surprise, Steve Phoenix (2-0-9-2). The lack of pace from The Chairman bemused the batsman and it was a relief when when he hit the stumps to see there was enough impetus to remove the bails … a new chapter as a death bowler beckons! The Wicklewood total of 116 was one Melton would have settled for not least after their blistering start.
Melton’s reply got off to a solid start with Jon Moxon and Martin Bunn before the latter was given lbw for 21 which included a trademark straight six. Rice (26) joined The Mox (18) and carefully accumulated keeping the score bang on the six an over needed. Melton looked in control but wickets fell and the rate stayed at 6. Weston’s 20 contained 4 boundaries but he couldn’t finish the job – that task fell to Kai Wilkinson-Loines (9) who smashed a 4 off the second ball of the final over to clinch the win.