CRICKET: Another ton for Maxwell against Balderton

ROCKIN' ROBIN ' Robin Maxwell hit his second century against Balderton in the space of a few weeks
ROCKIN' ROBIN ' Robin Maxwell hit his second century against Balderton in the space of a few weeks

PROLIFIC batsman Robin Maxwell must wish his Hucknall side could come up against Balderton every week in Division A of the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

HUCKNALL 243-7

BALDERTON 176-6

For in their clash last Saturday, the influential skipper blasted a sparkling 108 — to add to the 116 he collected against the same side last month.

That said, Maxwell would probably have been the first to offer to reduce his personal tally in favour of converting what turned out to be a winning draw into an outright win to give his side maximum points.

As it was, the Hucknall attack couldn’t break down a stubborn Balderton line-up as the match drifted to a seemingly inevitable conclusion.

Earlier in the day, Maxwell had come to the wicket with his side struggling on 28 for two after the departure of their openers.

But he proceeded to open his shoulders, taking just 106 balls to collect his runs in a knock spiced with two sixes and ten fours.

The rest of the middle order tried their best to stay with him but struggled against the bowling of first change Paul Colcomb (three for 64 from 11 overs).

However, Jake Wright stepped into the breach with 27 (three fours). And when Maxwell departed, Tim Buckthorpe (23 not out, one four) and Josh Buckley (21 not out, one four) pushed the score to a total approaching five an over.

In reply, Balderton never really looked like challenging but also didn’t look like losing as most of their batsmen contributed.

Dan Freeman, at the top of the order, hit 27 (three fours), while Dominic Whiffin (22, four fours) and Akshu Merennage (23, four fours) also played well.

Alan Jackson (34 not out, four fours) then frustrated the Hucknall attack for 111 balls and shared a stand of 78 for the seventh wicket to secure a share of the spoils for the home side.

Hucknall tried seven bowlers with Joel Wright (two for 26 from seven overs) the pick.