MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Long Melford 187-6 beat Ipswich and ES 128
by 59 runs
Long Melford made the trip to Chantry Park to take on newly-promoted Ipswich & East Suffolk. After a year off from the captaincy, Gareth Boon resumed the reins, lost the toss, but led his team to victory.
Openers Tom Barnard and Steve Martin, after a slow start, put on an excellent stand of 94 before Martin was bowled for a well crafted 41.
Cameron Stace fell without scoring to what looked a harsh lbw decision. Vice captain Joe Harvey joined Barnard and they upped the tempo with some big hitting, clever running and outrageous shots, especially from Barnard, who fell 14 short of a deserved century with eight overs left.
Harvey went for 24 and Hale and Hoadley went cheaply. Jason Wade and Adam Matthews scored well late on to leave Melford 187-6.
Losing Stuart Whitehart and James French, who have moved to Sudbury and Hadleigh respectively meant Melford were slightly weaker in the bowling department, but they made an early breakthrough.
Gareth Boon trapped the Ipswich opener in front, although there was a hint of bat. Hoadley picked up a deserved wicket soon after and Boon struck again, leaving Ipswich 30-3 off 12 overs.
Melford’s fielding was superb and Steve Martin took a simple catch off the bowling of Barnard. The pressure was starting to tell and when Martin dived to remove Nick Patel one-handed Ipswich were in trouble.
But the hosts plundered 35 runs off the two overs after drinks which caused Boon to make some changes. Jason Wade came on and turned the game once again with two wickets in two balls, leaving Ipswich 61 to win off 77 deliveries.
The game was put to bed soon after as Boon struck three times in one over, to finish on 5-30.