After some much awaited sunshine the 3s were eager to protect their perfect 20 point average, as well as eager to build upon the 20 odd overs of cricket they had seen this season.
This eagerness took an immediate knock when captain Andrew Phipps lost a 4th toss in a row and the dons were put into bat on a green and uneven pitch. Despite this Goldstein and Barnes got off to a good start reaching 42 without loss in 10 overs. This partnership proved to be important after the loss of Barnes (14) and 2 other quick wickets to an ever tightening Tendering attack. Phipps and Goldstein dug in and tried to weather the storm before Goldstein fell in the 22nd over for 40- leaving Maldon 3s 74-4.
Captain Phipps dug in well and was ably supported by youngsters Miller and Beams (both scoring 14) before he fell for a gutsy and vital knock of 31 from 91 balls.
From here Plumby, Keith and Finn Jones shepherded Maldon to a total of 158/8 from 45 overs. A very competitive score given the pitch and outfield conditions.
The hosts were quickly on the back foot when Goldstein took a sharp catch in at short cover off of the bowling of Jack Plumb on the second ball of their innings. Jack plumb took 3 early wickets, whilst being well supported by tight spells by Finn Jones, Luke Sanders and Kieth Sharp saw the hosts struggle onto 45/5 off of 28 overs.
Angus Beames took an important wicket that somewhat killed the game, aided by a good catch from Henry Miller and from then the onus was on Maldon to bowl Tendering out and gain maximum points. Tendering put up a good fight until Finn Jones carried on his excellent form with the ball and took the last 3 wickets in his final 2 overs- the last one coming with a ball to spare. Plumby and Finn the pick of the bowlers with 3 a piece and we’ll supported by Sanders (9 overs 2 for 8).
Overall a gutsy display with the bat and an excellent bowling display from the bowlers all round.
Report courtesy of Jamie Goldstein.