Our midweek A side beat Eaton on Tuesday night in the semifinal of the Wicklewood Shield at Melton Park. It means the team have a chance to win the competition for the third year in a row.
Skipper Chris Elliott chose to bat first after Eaton captain John Chilvers called incorrectly at the toss. Openers Phil Bugg (9) and Kyle Weston (20) found it tricky against decent bowling and in the gloomy and drizzly conditions. After a slow start though Navin Sharma (41*) and Kai Wilkinson-Loines (25) picked up the tempo playing mature innings and running well. Their stand of 64 took Melton past 100 when it looked doubtful at one stage. The Chairman’s cameo (8) with boundaries of his first two balls (full tosses despatched to square leg naturally!) helped Melton reach 122-4.
The Melton bowlers kept the pressure on Eaton from the very first ball with which Kyle Mason bowled the Eaton opener. Eaton struggled to get any momentum and all 6 bowlers used took wickets. Six of the batsman were bowled and the other 4 caught with every chance being comfortably taken as the fielders played their part too. Eaton’s final wicket fell with the score on 67 in the 20th over.
We now progress to the final against the winners of the second semi-final between Hingham and Hardingham.
Melton 122-4 (Navin Sharma 41*, Kai Wilkinson-Loines 25, Kyle Weston 20).
Eaton 67 (Kyle Mason2-25, K Weston 1-8, A Palmer 2-12, D Weston 1-7, Clive Rennie 2-5, Duncan Greenslade 2-8).
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