Midweek Team ReportsDefeat to Eaton for our Wicklewoood Shield holders

Defeat to Eaton for our Wicklewoood Shield holders

Moxon JonHaving won the Wicklewood Shield last July on a glorious warm evening against Eaton our Midweek B team started the defence against the same opposition on Tuesday. It’s fair to say the weather was significantly ‘fresher’ but nonetheless a well-fought game played in excellent spirit ensued.

Melton chose to bat first with Alex Pattison (14) and Jon Moxon opening up.  It was a solid rather than spectacular start but Moxon unleashed three powerful boundaries and after Connor Stearman (5) departed he found a good ally in Daryl Godbold.  At the half way point on 51-2 acceleration was needed and it came, with Moxon’s 34 followed by Neal Clarke’s 4.  James Robb (33) joined Godbold (30) and their half century stand came at a good pace.  Cameos from Duncan Greenslade (2) and David Bunn (1) took Melton to 127-7 off the 20 overs which felt a bit under par on a decent track and with large boundaries.

Kyle Mason and Adam Thompson (4-0-21-2) opened the bowling well with the latter making a rare but welcome appearance in Melton colours.  His early wicket united Eaton’s danger men Barker and Butcher who kept them ahead of the required rate. Barker was caught by a casual one-handed take above his head by Thompson at point but after 10 overs Eaton were cruising at 72-2.  Clarke’s spell (4-0-31-1) brought some control initially in tandem with Bunn (4-0-27-1) but it was hard for skipper Chris Elliott to defend the boundary and prevent the singles.  Robb produced an excellent spell (3-0-10-1) but Eaton could not be contained and clinched a six wicket win in Mason’s second spell (2.4-0-27-0) with more than two overs to spare.  Butcher remained unbeaten on 53 in a composed, well-paced innings.

With Cringleford having withdrawn from the tournament both sides will progress from this mini-group to the semi-finals and with the final being held at Melton Park we have every incentive for our semi-final, date and opposition as yet unknown.  Thank you to all the players who turned out and others who helped me by providing ‘phone numbers, wicketkeeping kit and the scorebook … a proper team effort! (Chris Elliott).

The author

Joined GMCC in 1989, first game v Great Witchingham. Former Treasurer, Sunday Captain, Midweek Captain, 1st Team Captain and A Team Captain. Organised Club's tours to Kent, Nottingham, Oxford, Derbyshire and Southampton. Above all have loved playing for the Club and forming some great, long-standing friendships.

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