Everards County League Division Six
Melton won by 2 wkts
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HOME team Earl Shilton batted first, but Melton’s strong bowling attack immediately gained the upper hand in their push for promotion.
Redwood, Freer and Stevenson all took important wickets early on for the visitors with Stevenson the pick, finishing with impressive figures of 5 wickets for 60 runs.
Shilton struggled to reach 148-9 off their 45 overs as Smith picked up a couple of late wickets to leave Melton on top.
Melton’s response was immediately rocked by the loss of Stevenson without scoring. But Freer joined Potter and both batsmen played confidently, taking the score to 66 before both were caught within three balls of each other.
Hendy was joined by the more aggressive Jack Harris and they took the score confidently to 130 before Hendy was out. Melton then wobbled losing Marsh, Redwood and Steve Taylor without adding to the score.
Darren Smith then steadied the ship, supporting the impressive Harris in completing a rather nervy victory for second-placed Melton, Harris finishing with a match-winning 60 not out.
Smith was the pick of the Shilton bowlers taking six wickets impressively for only 39 runs.
Earl Shilton: 148-9.
Bowling: B. Redwood 10-2-20-1; P. Stevenson 16-1-60-5; L. Freer 7-1-26-1; G. Potter 3-0-9-0; D. Smith 9-1-14-2.
Melton: P. Stevenson 0, G. Potter 25, L. Freer 27, M. Mabbott 1, B. Hendy 10, J. Harris 60*, L. Marsh 0, B. Redwood 0, S. Taylor 0, D. Smith 5*, Extras 24. Total: 152-8.