The 2nd XI’s winning streak showed no signs of ending at the weekend thanks to dominant batting display led by Tom Bew, who’s quickfire century helped drive his side to victory over Calne 3s.
A cagey opening to the 1st innings proved to be no inhibition for Melksham, who thanks to Bew’s impressive knock were able to amass a commanding total of 276-3 off their 45 overs. The visitor’s bowling display did leave a bit to be desired, allowing Calne registering a respectable reply of 218-9 in their innings to give Melksham something of a scare. Nevertheless, the league-leaders were able to hold their nerve, in the end to win by a reasonably comfortable margin of 58 runs.
There were a few early tense moments as the day got underway, with opening batsmen Daniel Carpenter and Ian Doyle both dropped multiple times during what was a slow scoring start. By the 15th over the pair had only managed a score of 35. Thankfully, skipper Doyle was able to show more positive intent in the following overs, helping Melksham to reach a total of 65 by the 20th over before he was then caught for 40 in the following over. John Wiltshire then came in with a handy knock of 15 to help give Melksham some more momentum over the following overs, with the scoreboard reading a healthier looking 94-2 when he departed in the 25th over.
It was at this point that Bew entered the fray and completely took the came away from Calne. He blasted his way to a score of 116 off just 65 balls, bludgeoning 20 fours and 3 sixes to leave the Calne bowling stunned and at a loss as to how to stem the rapid flow of runs. Only in the final over was his ballistic innings ended, by which time it appeared that Melksham had batted their opponents out of the game. In the meantime, opener Carpenter had quietly carried his bat for a score of 79*, an innings which, along with a cameo of 8 runs from 2 balls from Steve Burns, had helped his side reach a colossal of over 270.
Melksham could have been forgiven for thinking that the 2nd innings would prove to be a mere formality, especially when opening bowler Andy Footner pick up 2 early wickets to leave the homeside 10-2 off 5. Calne however had over ideas. Capitalizing on some wayward bowling from Melksham during the subsequent overs, the hosts were able to reach a score of 104-3 by the 25th over. The quality of Melksham bowling seem to deteriorate only further from this point onwards, giving Calne the opportunity to push on to a score 155-3 off 32, sending the away side into something of a panic that what seemed to be a secure victory could now actually be under threat.
Fortunately, the ever-dependable Tom Watling was on hand to restore some sanity for Melksham. The league’s leading wicket taker claimed 3 quickfire wickets during what was his second spell, pegging Calne back to a score 181-6 and allowing Melksham breath a slight sigh of relief as the innings reached its climax. Although Calne kept battling away during these final few overs, 2 wickets from Wiltshire and 1 from Seb Sailes were enough to see off the threat from the hosts.