lost to Maldon 167
by 83 runs
Worlington played host to Maldon on Saturday, but failed to complete the double over their Essex-based opponents in Two Counties Division One.
The result should not impact on Worly’s top-flight status and they should retain their place for another year following last season’s memorable promotion.
Carl Manels had the hosts on top in the early stages with three wickets, but the batsmen did not back-up their bowlers and secured just half of the 168 runs they required for victory.
Batting first, Maldon made a steady start, putting on 48 for the first wicket before Jamie Glenn (37) became the first of Manels’ three victims.
Manels (3-52) made it two shortly after as fellow opener Chris Harris (17) departed, before Ian Elliott was the third to fall.
Sean Cooper had Marc Gozzett caught by Ziaf Kulasi to leave Maldon struggling on 88-4 before Jimmy Ainscough (57) and Peter Wargent (21) began the recovery, taking their side towards the 150-mark.
Daren Hayward (3-12) and Adam Horrex (3-28) picked up three wickets apiece to see the visitors dismissed for 167 inside 47 overs.
However, even with the extra overs and drying track, the low total was out of reach as the strong batting line-up failed to deliver as they were blown away for just 84.
Only Sean Cooper (26) and skipper Richard Ford (21) posted a score in the 20s while the Maldon quartet of Glenn, Riley, Pugh and Elliott ripped through the home line-up.
The win sees Maldon push clearer of the relegation zone as the season enters the business end while Worlington require a further 30 points to guarantee top flight safety for 2015.
n Sunday brought about a change of fortune for Worlington Academy as their young side eased to a seven-wicket win at home to Great Cornard in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Five.
Duncan Freed (3-11) and Will Pottle (3-22) helped dismiss the visitors for just 105 before Dan Abbs’ 58 saw Worlington secure victory for the loss of three wickets.