Report courtesy of James Ellis.
The second team returned to Drapers Farm following last week’s defeat. The toss became all the more important as it would effect not only the match, but evening plans as well. Luckily for those involved captain Saxton lost the toss and the visitors Easton decided to bat first.
Tight opening spells from Saxton 1-27 & Riley 1-19 kept the run scoring in check. An accurate spell from young debutant Finn Jones 0-26 followed and was extremely unlucky not to pick up a wicket as wicketkeeper, Lee Monk spilled a very difficult chance stood up to the stumps. Maldon rattled through the second half of the innings as Haylett 3-26 and Ellis 5-48 went through the overs quickly as Easton ended up 149 all out.
In reply Maldon lost Walpole in the first over and further wickets at regular intervals to be 86-5. A solid 51 partnership between Harry Grant (pictured) and Lee Monk (18), who in the process passed 3000 runs for the club, steadied the run chase until Monk departed with just 13 runs needed for victory, trying to finish the game in quick time, with rain in the air.
Chaos then ensued as wickets continued to fall, Grant however stood firm middling everything to bring the scores level until he departed LBW having top scored with 61. No11 Finn Jones, then smartly negotiated a marginal full toss and subsequent head high beamer to give Maldon victory by 1 wicket.
Next Saturday, Saxton’s side are at home again, as this time they welcome St Margaret’s First XI to Drapers Farm, getting underway at 13:00. Can the two’s make it back to back wins at the Farm?