Clinical bowling display sets up comfortable win.
The Maldon 2nd XI were looking to bounce back from defeat the previous week and turned up ready for the game. After a purposeful warm up, skipper Liam Saxton won the toss and surprised the opposition by asking them to bat first. However, this decision was to prove a successful one within one over. Callum Figg removed the opening batter leg before wicket with his second ball of the day.
This set the tone for the bowling display, and with Liam Saxton and Callum bowling seven maidens between them in a row, with good pace and accuracy, the Haverhill batters struggled to score and played and missed on numerous occasions. Callum took his second wicket (LBW) and a third followed soon after thanks to a fine catch by Henry Miller at point.
Within his seven over spell Callum bowled 40 dot balls! At the other end Liam continued to bowl well and took two wickets himself, one bowled and one LBW. After 14 overs Haverhill were struggling at 22 for 3.
Henry Miller and Keith Sharp took up the fine bowling and continued to restrict scoring opportunities. Henry was unlucky not to take a wicket with the batters playing and missing regularly. Keith was rewarded for his efforts and took four wickets, 2 bowled and two caught, including a smart caught and bowled and a catch by Mike Smith. James Ellis took a wicket from his six overs thanks to a rather fortuitous catch by Callum!
When the final wicket fell Maldon has restricted Haverhill to 90 runs. Special mention goes to Rufus Miller for some fine fielding. This was a superb bowling and fielding display, with everyone contributing in some way.
Matt Shinn and James Ellis made short work of the total reaching the 91 runs needed after just 13 overs, without losing a wicket. Matt Shinn finished on 60 not out from just 36 balls and James Ellis supporting well with 26 not out.
This was a clinical display by the 2nd XI and one that will hopefully kick start their season.