Where do I start with this game! After the Long Melford no show and Witham washout we arrived at Maldon for our first game back in the league. A team of 9 cricketers and a enthusiastic first timer waited in the shade to watch the skipper win the toss and choose to bowl on a very green wicket. Harry Porcher and Mo Wahid opened the bowling and kept it tight with both taking early wickets. Mo finishing with 3-23! After a minor incident, which I have now realised is why you stop the ball with your hands and not your head!, Maldon scored 171-7 and we went into the tea break optimistic.
Colne’s openers strode out to the crease and after a few scares made it to 60-0 after helping themselves to some wayward bowling. Daryl Sleeman was first to depart after missing a straight ball which he says didn’t bounce, rapidly followed by Torquil, then followed by a dramatic batting collapse by the remaining fit players. Colne all out for 78, and more batting practice clearly needed.
All in all an enjoyable day out at the promenade and a fantastic tea but improvement needed on the pitch.