Great Melton Midweek A (88-5 off 20 overs) lost to Hingham (92-8 off 19.3 overs) by 2 wickets.
Hingham provided the midweek A team’s opposition and hosted this Wicklewood Shield semi-final. Skipper Chris Elliott correctly called heads and opted to bat. Jim Rice (16) punished the loose ball ruthlessly but the slightly uneven bounce led to his downfall. Jon Moxon steadied things after Sam Johnson (0) departed.
There were few boundaries and it was a shame when Saxon (11) departed after a couple of lovely shots. Kai (14*) and Duncan (11*) both reached double figures but the Melton total of 88-5 looked well short of a competitive score even allowing for the unpredictable bounce. Credit goes to the Hingham bowlers for keeping it tight.
However, a tight opening spell from de Salis (4-0-12-1) and Ben Johnson (4-0-22-1) gave Melton some hope with the latter making the breakthrough bowling the home skipper Key for 11.
Change bowlers Rice (4-1-18-1) and Rushton (4-0-19-3) kept up the pressure and were well backed up by the fielders. Saxon patrolled the boundary superbly and catches were safely pouched by Elliott (2), Moxon (2) including danger man Stephen Guy at long off and a great return catch by Rushton.
Saxon bowled two very tight overs as the tension mounted (2-1-5-1) and the Chairman was left to reprise his role from the victory over Wicklewood as a death bowler. With scores level at the start of the final over, wickets were Melton’s only hope and off the first ball Jon Moxon caught Scent to give the Chairman a wicket. The next ball was blocked but next delivery Evennett’s lofted drive just cleared mid on to give Hingham the win.
Huge credit goes to the Melton side for bowling and fielding superbly against a side much stronger on paper. Hingham progress to the final and Melton can look back with pride on their performance.