The 2nd XI got their first win of the season at the third attempt this weekend, comfortably brushing aside Calne 3s at home by 8-wickets.
A late burst of wickets saw Melksham reduce their opponents from 75-3 to 110 all out in the space of 9 overs, before opening batsmen Ian Doyle and Dave Light broke the back of the target to get the 2s campaign up and running.
Fielding first, Melksham were unable to stop Calne nicking a few runs in the opening overs but did land a couple of early blows through experienced seamers Andy Footner and Chris Long. Once these scalps were in the bag, the pair were able to tighten the pressure on their opponents with some impressively tight bowling. Footner was especially economical, finishing his 9 over spell with figures of 1-9, and by the 20th over Calne were struggling to get going on 44-2.
Soon after Brad Wilkins came into the attack and immediately claimed Melksham’s third wicket thanks to an unorthodox stumping from Rich Bryant. Calne persevered over the following few overs to reach a score 75-3 by the 29th over, but it was at this point that the visitor’s innings truly began to unravel. Wilkins claimed another 2 wickets on his way to figures of 3-22, before 2 wickets each from Tom Watling (2-16) and John Wiltshire (2-14) suddenly left Calne on the brink of being skittled. Chris Long came back into the attack to deliver the final blow, finishing with figures of 2-18 to help leave Melksham with a seeming easy target to chase.
Skipper Ian Doyle and Dave Light were the men to lead the run-chase. Although the pair took their time in knocking of the runs it was an approach which in time would prove to be entirely justified. In the end Calne were unable to figure out how to remove the Melksham batsmen, who by the 30th over had almost guided their side home to the target. Unfortunately, Melksham’s innings would not finish unblemished though, with Light trapped LBW for 42, before number 3 batsman Tony Trotman was bowled for 4 just a few balls later. In the end it was Wiltshire who got the hosts over the line, notching a cameo of 11 to polish of a dominant day’s work for the 2s.