The Maldon 4th XI made the trip to Halstead and skipper Joe Figg won the toss and elected to bowl first. With a couple of short boundaries the team felt that a par score would be around 175 so were really pleased to bowl out the opposition for 174.
Callum Figg and Charlie Figg opened the bowling with Callum taking the first wickets of the in form high scoring Halstead batters.
Charlie had the ball swinging and was unlucky not to take a wicket in his first spell. Michael Newman came on to replace Charlie and soon settled in and bowled a nagging off stump line taking 4 wickets including a fine catch by Josh Servis and a juggling effort by Jason Morgan. Sam Collins bowled well and was also unlucky not to take a wicket bowling with good aggression and accuracy. Charlie returned to the attach and took a wicket immediately thanks to a catch from older brother Callum. Dave Richardson and Callum bowled the final six overs and restricted the scoring to just 22 runs with DR taking 3 wickets in the process. This was a great bowling and fielding effort by the side.
The Maldon reply started poorly with both Mason Foakes and Joe Figg falling cheaply with Figg adjudged to have gloved the ball down the leg side by the Halstead umpire. Jason Morgan and Andy Barnes steadied the ship before Barnes was caught. Josh Servis and Morgan hit several boundaries before Morgan was also caught. Dave Richardson and Servis played well and put on a valuable 50 partnership with both scoring big sixes. Richardson and Servis fell for 37 and 16 respectively having given the side a chance. Sam Collins and Richard Buckby gave the 4th XI a bigger chance needing just 50 from the last ten overs. Unfortunately Collins, Callum Figg, Buckby and finally Charlie Figg all fell within 15 balls to hand Halstead the win.
An unlucky afternoon with the bat but the side performed well with the ball, and in the field, against a strong Halstead XI who will be pushing for promotion at the end of the season.
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