MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE Maldon 187 lost to Sudbury 189-7 by three wickets
Ben Reece took six wickets as Sudbury kept up the pressure on the top two in Division One with victory by three wickets at Maldon.
Spinner Reece took 6-37 off his 16 overs as the away side recovered from a poor start to rip out Maldon’s middle-order.
In their first game in two weeks, following last week’s call-off with Haverhill, there was a much-changed line-up with Sudbury’s returning captain Jonathan Phillips asked to field first in very hot and muggy conditions on a dry looking pitch.
From the off the Maldon openers went straight on the offensive with New Zealander Jamie Glenn looking to be very aggressive, scoring a string of boundaries against Sudbury’s new-ball partnership of James Poulson and Darren Batch.
Such was Maldon’s dominance they were able to race to 95 off only 15 overs before Glenn chanced his arms once too often and was caught on the long-off boundary by Batch, following the introduction of left-arm spinner Ben Reece.
With fellow Maldon opener Harris also departing with the scoreboard still on 95, Sudbury then looked to pressurise the Maldon middle-order.
Following a superb spell of bowling from the Sudbury spin trio of Ben Reece, Mike Jones and Ben Hyett, Maldon slumped to 187 all out with Reece bowling very impressively in his 16 overs.
In reply, Sudbury got off to a good start despite the early loss of opener Nathan Poole for just nine runs.
Fellow opener Phillips went on to compile 43 before there was a steady trickle of wickets falling just when the batsmen looked set.
But further contributions of 42 from overseas professional Jones, 21 from Suffolk player Poulson and a timely 29 from Reece, ensured Sudbury were able to get over the line with youngster Adam Clark (12no) finally securing the winning runs in tandem with James O’Brien (3no).
With Frinton losing, securing a maximum 20 points was exactly what was required from the Talbots, but they will know they will have to be much more clinical if they are to have a similar result against the dangerous Mildenhall at home this coming Saturday (11am).
It leaves Sudbury six points behind Frinton, but still 18 off league leaders Coggeshall with eight games to play.