1st XI Cruise To Victory

Maldon entertained East Bergholt on an overcast day after some good performances that had not brought about the victories that they wanted. 

Having won the toss Maldon elected to field, early pressure from Mackenzie Jones and Matt Wild kept the run rate low and left East Bergholt at 24 for 1 after 10 overs with Jones picking up the only wicket which could have so easily been more.

This early pressure was capitalised on by both Matt Anderson and Ian Elliott who continued to deny the Bergholt batsman scoring opportunities whilst also claiming wickets that left Bergholt at 62 for 5. Amongst those wickets being an important run out of the Bergholt overseas player by Alexander Strong on his first team debut. His sharp turn and throw being gathered by league leading keeper Jimmy Ainscough with the Bergholt batsman short of his ground.

After a mini revival it then fell to captain Toby Pugh to end the East Bergholt innings with his first five wicket haul of the season aided by Ross Walpole and Matt Anderson taking their 11th and 9th catches of the season respectively. This meant that Maldon were left to chase a very achievable 143 for victory which would in turn replace East Bergholt in 7th place in the league.

Max Bryant and Jimmy Ainscough got Maldon off to an important steady start and at 57 for 2 Maldon seemed to be in control. Despite losing a couple more wickets the 68 runpartnership between Jones 25* and Anderson who fell one run short of consecutive fifties all but got Maldon home and when Wild came in and dispatched the Bergholt bowling for the remaining 12 runs a well deserved victory was achieved.

With Maldon now looking to cement 7th place in their final game of the season next week they travel to Worlington in good spirits looking to finish off the season with consecutive victories.

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