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Ainscough is delighted by Maldon cricketers' display
3:37pm Thursday 12th July 2012 in Local Sport
Maldon Cricket Club first team skipper Jimmy Ainscough was delighted with the fight his team showed in their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division one match against Elmstead.
Following his team’s victory over Elmstead, Ainscough said: “We were awesome in the field.
“They got a good start and we pegged them back with tight bowling and four smart run outs.”
Batting first at Drapers, Elmstead started well.
Despite tight bowling by Jamie Glenn (two for 32 off 14 overs), three patient stands took them to 146 for three.
Then Glenn got a run out and Ian Elliott (two for 39) and Jack Riley (two for 29) went after them as they tried to get quick runs.
And 146 for four became 159 all out as two more run outs, both by Elliott, saw Maldon facing a more modest total than the early innings promised.
When Maldon replied, yet again Chris Harris (20) amd Glenn (53) gave the team a good solid start with a 52-run opening partnership.
Ainscough said: “Jamie is really beginning to come good.
“He took a while to adapt to our pitches (Jamie is from New Zealand) but he is a class act.
“He got his runs quickly and that gives others the time to get in.”
When Glenn went at 101 for three, Neil Simpson dug in to anchor the middle order.
It was proving difficult to get the ball away.
When Simpson was out at 127 for five, Martyn Coker stepped up and, in an undefeated innings (17), shepherded the tail to victory as Ady Garnham (four for 47) returned to the attack with a devastating spell.
Maldon were 150 for nine when Jack Riley came in.
He stayed with Martyn Coker and saw them home.
Ainscough said: “That’s the third really tight match we have had out of four.
“A side with less determination would have lost that.
“This team has some real character. Next we play Exning who have only won once, so we are looking for our fifth victory.”