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Bowlers praised despite defeat
3:39pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in Sport
MALDON came up against a committed Coggeshall batting attack.
The visiting bowlers came up against a strong line-up and despite taking wickets couldn’t skittle them out in their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division one match.
Maldon skipper Jimmy Ainscough said: “The quality of batting in division one has been tremendous this year.
“We have the bowling to make inroads into sides but have come up against people like Rees (Coggeshall’s number three who scored 101).
“We can contain them but on good wickets like this we can’t brush them aside.”
As usual, Maldon’s seamers made a breakthrough.
Jack Riley broke the opening stand at 19.
Rees then took part in two good stands, particularly with Verreyne (77).
Ian Elliott, Toby Pugh and Chris Harris all bowled well on perfect tracks and got wickets eventually.
Ainscough added: “They made 259-5, but tribute to our slow bowlers, that was a potential 300 wicket and they did a good job.”
Maldon’s reply was positive and promised a successful run chase.
Jamie Glenn hit 12 fours and a six in a terrific opening stand with Chris Harris (53).
Coggeshall turned to spin and Jagger (2-59) got them both and 125-1 became a disappointing 145-4, a run out contributing to Maldon’s woes.
Ian Elliott (30) and the skipper then began a rebuild of the innings.
When the skipper went at 179-5, Marc Gozzett (28) hit hard as the overs began to run out.
In the end, aided by another run out, Coggeshall got Maldon’s last wicket with four balls to spare and 12 runs to go.
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