Worlington ease to nine-wicket win against strugglers Maldon

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Worlington 184-1 beat

Maldon 183 by nine wickets

Worlington bounced back in style from the disappointing defeat against Frinton-on-Sea II with a nine-wicket victory against Maldon on Saturday.

The wedding ceremony of opening bowler Nathan Twiddy meant that Worlington were forced into making changes to the side, with the new look line-up duly delivering to dismiss struggling Maldon for 183 runs.

Maldon opener Jimmy Ainscough top-scored for the visitors with 42, while Martyn Coker added 31 towards the end of the innings.

It was Worlington’s slow bowling trio who found more success though, as Craig Woollard (4-40), Steve Flack (3-40) and Lewis Parker (1-30) collected the bulk of the wickets.

With regular opener Chris Baugh absent, Matthew Peachey was promoted to join captain Richard Ford at the head of the run chase.

The pair took Worlington to 28 before Peachey was caught behind off the bowling of Jack Riley.

However this was to be the only wicket Maldon would claim, as Ford and Jimmy Watson eased the home side to the target with nine wickets to spare.

Watson was in brutal form as his unbeaten knock of 92 comprised of six maximums, while Ford made a welcome return to form to end on 74 not out, his highest of the Division One campaign so far.

n In Division Six, player unavailability was felt even more by Worlington II as their depleted side fought bravely but were no match for title-chasing Nowton at the weekend.

Oliver Vaughan scored 36 runs as Worlington posted 128-9 at Overway Meadow.

Nowton’s Danny Reynolds (3-31) and Kevin Shaw (3-32) both took three wickets, before the home side completed the run chase with six wickets in hand.

Graham Downey (2-8) was the pick of the Worlington bowlers, while Brian Cole (1-41) also took a wicket, but the chase was always within reach for Nowton who crossed the line inside 23 overs of their innings.