Whilst the First XI travelled to Harlow CC, Liam Saxton and his 2nd XI welcomed the Harlow CC 2nd XI to Drapers Farm on a an extremely cold afternoon, that called for hats to be worn in the field.
The Dons batted first and suffered an early set back after losing Ross Walpole early, but Matt Shinn got the scoring underway with a quick fire 36 before being caught, breaking his bat in the process.
Peter Rose (pictured) and Dan Haylett arrived at the crease together and put together a handy partnership before Haylett (29) and Rose were both bowled by Harlow’s Paddy Matthews, Rose finishing Maldon’s top scorer with 64.
From their allotted 40 overs, Saxton’s side reached what seemed a competitive 172 runs for seven wickets.
Harlow had other ideas, after explosive start they found themselves 31 without loss from five overs. As the Dons tried to find a way back in to the contest, Jack Riley collected his first wicket of the season, trapping the Harlow opener leg-before-wicket. That didn’t stop Harlow though…
Opening batsman, Gul Hassan continued to bully the home-attack as he bludgeoned his way on to an impressive hundred off just 57 balls, launching what was to be the final ball of the match for six finishing 105 not out. Hassan was assisted by his captain on the way victory, as Harry Burton finished unbeaten on 54 to seal an empathic nine wicket win for the visitors with plenty of overs to spare.
Maldon CC: 172/7 (40 Overs)
Peter Rose 64, Matt Shinn 36.
Paddy Matthews 4-37.
Won the toss and elected to bat.
Harlow CC: 173/1 (21.3 overs)
Gül Hasan 105*
Jack Riley 1-35.