Melton Seconds show discipline to earn Leicester draw

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Taking to the field first on Saturday, Melton Seconds found it tough going against Leicester Teachers’ hard-hitting openers.

They took the total past 50 at a brisk pace in a 79-run opening stand. Man-of-the-match Stean (75 not out) continued the good work with Henry (52) in a 116-run partnership which forged the backbone of the innings.

Melton took late wickets thanks to the spin of Jamie Tew and Gibbs, but with 255-5 on the board, the hosts felt comfortable enough to declare in the 37th over.

Melton came out after tea knowing they faced a tough task to hunt down a target or survive 53 overs.

The visitors began confidently enough with openers Mike Pratt and Alex Hickson in good defence. Tight bowling prevented runs coming freely, but Pratt stuck to the task in partnerships worth 117 before falling for a fine 65 in the 38th over.

Melton doggedly resisted a keen bowling attack with contributions from Tim Smallridge, Lewis Marsh, Jamie Tew and Owen Lloyd. Coming in at eight and 10, father and son Mark and Hugo Gibbs tenaciously resisted the onslaught to deny the hosts outright victory.

LTMACC: 255-5 dec.

Bowling: P. Hood 8-2-39-0; R. Smallshaw 9-0-63-1; L. Marsh 9-0-48-1; J. Tew 6-1-38-1; D. Elliot 3-0-30-1; H. Gibbs 1-0-7-1; A. Hickson 1-0-6-0.

Melton: M. Pratt 65, A. Hickson 7, T. Smallridge 14, D. Elliot 8, L. Marsh 33, J. Tew 9, O. Lloyd 21, M. Gibbs 2*, R. Smallshaw 0, H. Gibbs 0*, Extras 15. Total: 174-8.