After last week’s defeat to Witham, Maldon looked to get back to winning ways again when bottom of the table Wivenhoe visited Drapers Farm. After losing the toss Wivenhoe decided to bat on the first sunny and hot day of the season.
At 96 for 1 it looked like the correct decision but when first change bowler Ieuen Thomas took his second wicket of the innings things took a turn for the better as the Maldon spinners proceeded to take wickets at regular intervals. Toby Pugh with his subtle variations ended up with season best figures of 4-47 and he was ably supported by stalwart Ian Elliott who thanks partly to a sharp stumping from Jimmy Ainscough ended with 3-29.
A total of 198 seemed below par and this proved to be the case as Maldon’s reply started with a century partnership from openers Max Bryant and Jimmy Ainscough. After last week’s 94 opening stand this improved partnership of 133 laid the strong foundations for a Maldon victory.
When Byrant 47 and Ainscough 78, a third half century of the season, departed it was left to Elliott 31 and Matt Anderson 35 to ensure a comfortable and well-deserved victory.
This victory ensured a confident and unchanged side would travel to Haverhill on bank holiday Monday.
Report courtesy of Toby Pugh.