The fourth XI travelled to Mistley and were greeted by a pitch that was particularly flat and wet, after a spell of horrendous weather. Captain Joe Figg lost the toss and we were inserted to bat.
After a poor start start with the bat, Maldon lost several early wickets, bringing Norman Case to the crease and and he majestically hit 55 runs from just 60 deliveries to boost the Dons total to 113 of the 30 overs in this reduced overs match. The only other batsman to record a score in double figures for the visitors was Henry Miller with 11.
In reply Mistley faced the most miserley opening spell ever by Maldon 4th opening pair of Chas Bains and Dave Blackboro who went for a combined 25 runs of the first 16 overs.
This was followed up by some fantastic fielding by all of the youngsters in particular Alex Strong, Xavier Giles, Will Hayes and Henry Miller who threw themselves around the outfield supported by the athleticism of Case who took two blinding catches.
Young Hayes then came onto bowl and he took one wicket in a very tight and promising spell. He was ably supported by young Josh Laws who took two wickets and Giles who came on to see maldon home with 3 overs to go with some fast bowling of pace and accuracy leaving mistley on 75 for 7 off their 30 overs.
A fab result that left the Fourth XI still unbeaten, Jas and Dave snooker loopy and Figg with more rabbit than sainsburys!
Report courtesy of Chairman, Steve Brown.