Melton Mowbray Seconds run chase falls short against Lutterworth

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Melton Mowbray Seconds welcomed Lutterworth Third XI to the All England Sports Ground on Saturday.

Lutterworth skipper McCray won the toss and decided to bat, but the hosts struck a blow in the first over when Lee Jones had opener Meakin caught by Melton captain Rupert Smallshaw and then bowled out Paxter for just four in the seventh over.

Lutterworth had to dig in against tight bowling from Jones and Jim Eccles. Bowling changes came, but Atkinson (62) and Sayles (44) stuck to their task for an 86-run partnership.

Darren Smith and Marcus Hurrell struck in the 38th and 40th overs, but Lutterworth kept the runs trickling in all the way to the 45th over and finished on 182-4.

Following tea, Melton openers Mark Mabbott and Mike Pratt set a good pace, Mabbott driving the ball for four boundaries early in his innings.

The 50 came up in the 16th, but Mabbott went soon after for a good 37 with the score on 59. Jim Eccles joined Pratt and after a couple of nicely-struck boundaries soon settled into his stride.

Pratt was finally caught in the 29th over for 30, but Eccles continued to compile his innings, finishing with a fine 54.

Melton stubbornly fought their way to 45 overs against some good bowling, but didn’t quite get enough runs, finishing just 10 short of their target, for a hard-earned 11 points.

Lutterworth: 182-4.

Bowling: L. Jones 12-4-29-2; J. Eccles 10-2-30-0; D. Smith 12-2-45-1; R. Smallshaw 5-0-24-0; M. Whitfield 5-0-20-0; M. Hurrell 3-0-14-1.

Melton: Mabbot 37, Pratt 30, Whitfield 7, Hurrell 1, Eccles 54, Elliot 4, Lloyd 8, L. Jones 0*, D. Smith 1*, Extras 31. Total: 173-7.