Report courtesy of Jas Baines.
The weather conditions were damp and overcast at Sudbury CC which is in the heart of North Essex. Maldon’s skipper (Jas) called incorrectly and lost the toss – the home team were keen to bat as they had a strong batting line up.
Sudbury’s 2 openers got the innings off to a flying start with some scintillating stroke, making full use of the short leg side boundary. Callum & Dangerous David opened the bowling for the visitors. Callum bowled with pace, aggression and formed a good partnership with the experienced and wise Dangerous Dave.
Dave took Sudbury’s 1st wicket with the score on 46 in the 8th over. In the very next over Callum clean bowled Batsmen No 3 which now puts CJ joint top for leading wicket takers for the club. Dave finished his 8 over spell with 2 wickets and CJ finished with impressive figures of 1 for 41.
The 1st bowling change bought the spin duo of Stato & Joe Gregory into the attack & Stato bamboozled and clean bowled batsmen No 5 in the 14th over.
However, despite Maldon’s success with the ball the visitors went on at an impressive rate and were 128 for 4 by the halfway mark.
Jas took over from Joe Gregory in the 24th Over and finished his 8 over spell with 2 for 41. The first wicket was off a stunning catch by Joe Figg at Deep Long On. The second wicket was of the opposition skipper and this took Jas’s total to 100 wickets for the club – beers will be on Jas when he is next at Drapers. Bethan bowled 4 overs of spin and was hard to get away & finished with an average of 4.25.
Sudbury’s final total was 250 and Maldon started the chase off with the opening pair of Cameron Blackboro & Stato. The partnership started briskly with both openers finding boundaries with ease. Cameron fell for 16 in the 5th over. However, Stato continued with some clean hitting until he eventually fell for a well made and speedy 36.
The loss of the openers bought Paul Gregory & Jess Walton to the middle (who was playing her first game for the Sunday 11). The pair batted with control and steadied the ship for a while until both were dismissed.
Joe Figg then walked to the crease with ‘an air confidence’ which undoubtedly comes with scoring runs. Joe is going through a tremendous purple patch at present and this continued throughout the innings as he smashed 12 boundaries and remained unbeaten on 59. With this latest knock Joe, is now the leading run scorer for the Dons. Farther and Son (Callum) batted together and Callum smashed a 6 straight over the bowlers’ head. CJ celebrated by raising both his arms in the air – why not indeed I say as the Great Viv Richards would have been proud of that shot (yes it was that good).
Callum was dismissed for 15 in the 32 over which bought Joe Gregory to the crease – he smashed 3 consecutive 4’s before falling for 13. For the final few overs Jas & Dave kept the momentum going the best the could with both hitting boundaries. Dave fell for 5 which bought Joe Figg back to the crease to finish off the innings.
Maldon scored 182 – although this was some way short of Sudbury’s total it was an excellent effort by the team in difficult weather conditions. Next up for the Sunday XI is Terling away next.