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Jones' performance is one of league's finest ever
5:25pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Jon Jones produced one of the finest bowling displays in the history of the Piri Piri North Essex League after helping Lexden thrash Kirby.
Jones registered outstanding figures of eight for 15, to help Lexden skittle their opponents out for just 21 in their division four clash.
It was the ninth-best bowling performance in the league’s history.
Jones’ performance helped Lexden chalk up a 165-run win, having earlier posted a total of 186 for six.
Elsewhere in division four, Great Braxted & Tiptree beat Boxted by six wickets.
Batting first, Boxted scored 116 with Sylvester McKnight top-scoring with 34.
Rob Hill (3-8), Tom Sutton (3-21) and Lewis Cookson (3-16) claimed three wickets apiece for Great Braxted, as the last four Boxted wickets fell for just one run.
In reply, Great Braxted & Tiptree found scoring difficult against the tight bowling of Sylvester McKnight (two for 19 from nine overs) and Sundip Patel (two for 13 from nine overs).
Boxted had restricted Great Braxted to 32 for four but that was to be the limit of their success.
Will Hale (40 not out) and Tom Sutton (45 no), in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership of 86 in 17 overs, saw Great Braxted home to a comfortable six-wicket win.
In the only game to be played in the premier division, Elmstead Grasshoppers finished their season with a 27-run defeat against Mistley.
In division one, Maldon lost their final game of the season to West Mersea, after going down by five wickets.
In the other game to be played in the division, Halstead beat bottom club Witham by 70 runs to finish the season on a winning note.
Earls Colne confirmed their status as division three runners-up with a 38-run win over Ardleigh, who finished third.
Great Horkesley and Wormingford also finished their campaign with wins, thanks to success over Harwich and Dovercourt and West Bergholt respectively.
The top two in division five both enjoyed convincing wins, with leaders St Margaret’s beating Elmstead Grasshoppers by nine wickets and Clacton seeing off Rayne by 101 runs, while there was also success for Eight Ash Green who defeated bottom club Real Oddies.
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