After last week’s narrow defeat Maldon started their home campaign with Halstead being the first visitors to the farm. Maldon won the toss and elected to bat first on a sunny but chilly April day.
After two quick wickets including last week’s centurion Max Bryant a century partnership was then formed between Jimmy Ainscough and Mackenzie Jones. Together they put on 126 to put Maldon into a positive position at 144 for 2. When Ainscough fell for an important 65, Jones was then dismissed soon after for an equally impressive 70.
From then wickets fell at steady intervals which thwarted Maldon’s efforts to reach 250. A final total of 223 was a par total and one that Maldon felt confident of defending.
In reply Halstead found the opening spells of Matt Wild and Matt Anderson difficult to deal with. Wild who finished with 3 for 55 struck twice early to restrict Halstead to 8 for 2.
When the inform Wells was then dropped first ball Maldon were left to rue what might have been as he went on to record a third consecutive century and take the game away from Maldon.
Confident spells from Jody Brown who took the wicket of Spooner and Jones who produced a quick spell with little luck were not enough to stop Halstead completing their 6 wicket win.
Maldon were left to wonder what might have been as they next prepare for a trip to Woolpit next week looking to capitalise on the good form of several members of the team.
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