Successive 50s From The Chairman

Maldon 4s knew that the season had been a success whatever the result but wanted to finish the season on a high. They did not disappoint.

Skipper Joe Figg won the final league toss of the season and on a good wicket at Drapers decided to bat first. Openers Steve Brown and Oliver Hull started well and put on 20 runs for the first wicket before Hull was well bowled for 10.

Stuart Coker and Steve Brown batted superbly and put on 126 for the second wicket with both playing strong shots on both sides of the wicket. Both Coker and Brown scored 50s before Coker was caught and bowled for 66 off just 69 balls! Brown was unfortunately run out on 59 as Joe Figg was looking to get off the mark.

Figg followed Brown and Coker by playing sensibly and steered the remaining batsman to a total of 193/6 scoring 17 not out with Alex Strong (6) and Xavier Sciellier-Giles (17). Despite a couple of further run outs, the running between the wickets was purposeful and busy which put pressure on the Boxted fielders and bowling attack.

Opening bowlers Callum Figg and Luke Sanders ensured that the Boxted reply never really got started with both bowling with good pace and accuracy. Both were extremely unlucky not to take a wicket with both batsman playing and missing on more than one occasion.

After their 13 overs the score was restricted to just 35. William Hayes had the ball swinging immediately and as a result of this swing and pressure from the opening bowlers the first wicket fell with Hayes clean bowling one of the opening batsman. Hayes took the second wicket shortly after thanks to a superb grab at gully by Steve Brown.

Xavier Sciellier-Giles came onto bowl and bowled with aggression, pace and accuracy. As a result he picked up 3 wickets for just 9 runs with two great catches by Joe Figg and William Hayes and a clean bowled. It was the spell of bowling that stopped the run chase in its tracks. Al Johnson picked up the sixth wicket. Boxted finished 64 runs short giving Maldon 4s their 14th win of the season from 17 games played.

This was another great batting, bowling and fielding team display with everyone contributing to the victory.

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