Great Melton followed up their first group match which ended with a facile victory over Wicklewood with a defeat at Hardingham in the Wicklewood Shield.
Inserted into bat on a deck which proved slow and difficult to time the ball on, Jon Moxon was swiftly dismissed. Lee Whiddett battled away for the majority of the innings, making 40, but found little support from the other end as a succession of partners were dismissed for single figure scores and no one was able to make a swift contribution of 30 which was needed to take the run rate above six an over. Melton closed on 111-7.
The score did look defendable with good bowling and fielding and briefly things looked bright as Leo De Salis and Gary Coulson took a leaf from Hardingham’s book with a pace off the ball approach. With the score around 30-1 from 7 overs it looked game on. But when change bowler Neal Clarke’s first two balls were despatched to the boundary and Kyle Mason was equally put to the sword, all run rate pressure was released, and ultimately, despite some good bowling in the second half of the innings from Nick Mackenzie, Hardingham reached their target without further loss with around 4 overs to spare.