After another long drive to North Suffolk, the Maldon 2nd XI were in good spirits and looking to win two in a row.
Skipper Liam Saxton loss the toss and the 2nd XI were asked to bat first. With the sheep and horses watching, James Ellis and Stuart Coker started well and put on 31 for the first wicket before Coker was bowled for 13.
Oliver Hull and Joe Figg returned to the pavilion quickly having been dismissed LBW and bowled respectively. Jamie Brown and Ellis scored quickly before Brown was run out for 21 with Maldon finely balanced on 58 for 4.
Mike Smith and James Ellis batted well in a 47 run partnership before Ellis was caught and bowled for well made 40 runs. Smith was joined by Alex Strong and the scoring continued before Strong was caught at gully trying to run one down to fine leg. Luke Reeve joined Smith and the pair continued to score before Smith and Reeve were caught well in the deep for 38 and 21 respectively.
Skipper Saxton batted well to steer the team to 202 all out with a well made 38 runs including 3 sixes, with one narrowly missing a horse!
With maximum batting points secured the 2nd XI started the defence of their total well. Both opening bowlers, Callum Figg and Liam Saxton, bowled with aggression, guile and good pace. This frustrated the opening batters who found it hard to score.
Figg took the first wicket of the game and Saxton joined in soon afterwards with a great delivery that swung away and found the edge. The fielding was superb throughout the game and this was typified by the Worlington3rd wicket. Luke Reeve running in from the off side threw the ball to Joe Figg behind the stumps, with the batter nowhere in sight.
Henry Miller bowled well and found the glove of the Worlington number 5 as well as causing the batters to play and miss on more than one occasion. Another fine piece of fielding from James Ellis at mid off ran out the next batter. At this point Maldon were firmly on top.
James Ellis joined the attack and took two wickets including a fine caught and bowled. He was joined by Oliver Hull who also bowled superbly taking two wickets including the Worlington skipper for 56.
This was a great all round performance with everyone contributing in some way which made the long drive back to Maldon enjoyable.