Comeback man Westley enjoys his day at Halstead

EARLY FIGHT: Halstead skipper Josh Wells shared a second-wicket partnership of 50 with Ollie Grayson

EARLY FIGHT: Halstead skipper Josh Wells shared a second-wicket partnership of 50 with Ollie Grayson

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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Halstead 169 lost

to Mildenhall 170-2

by eight wickets

Essex’s Tom Westley led Mildenhall to an untroubled victory over Halstead on Saturday as he completed his comeback from injury.

The England Performance Programme opener made 80 not out and bowled 10 overs for 22 runs.

Josh Wells won the toss and chose to bat first on a quick wicket. Charlie Douglas-Hughes (2) fell early as he helped a John Steel ball into the hands of overseas pro Steve Taylor at slip.

Wells, looking fluent, and Ollie Grayson added 50 for the second wicket before the former was adjudged lbw to Taylor for 45.

Grayson (20) was bowled by a good Taylor ball. Dylan Verreynne (3) and Harry Pritchard (6) gave their wickets to Joe Reed, both missing shots.

Jacob Humphries (2) tried to move the score on, but it would be Harry Veal (27) and Joe Morris (27) who saw Halstead to a more respectable 169.

Veal, Dave Elsbury (9) and Dean Feneysey all fell to Taylor to give him a five-wicket haul.

Reed (83) showed intent early on, smashing Wells for an almighty six back over his head. He and Westley never seemed threatened by a blunted Halstead attack as they breezed past 50, 100 and 150 partnerships.

Reed would eventually fall to Veal, who also claimed Taylor prior to Mildenhall romping home with another Westley boundary, the opener finishing unbeaten on 80.

n In Division Four Halstead II bounced back from defeat, scoring 213-7, to beat Tuddenham, 183-9, by 30 runs. Ian Pont and Catherine Dalton’s second hundred-run opening stand set up the win.

Pont (58) and Dalton (64) put on 127, with Justin Rose (40) the only other player to score double figures.

Two wickets apiece for Rose, Lewis Brennan and Chris Roper and three for Mark Harris kept Tuddenham in check after Richard Cross (20) and Steve Titcombe (34) got off to a good start.

There were four 40-run partnerships, but in spite of some late resistance from Robert Pettit (32 no) and Andy Jakeman (30) they fell 30 short.

n In Division Eight South Halstead III, 204-9, lost for the first time this season, going down to Copford III, 206-4, by six wickets.

Ben Morris (60) and Tom Cook (42) struck the ball well, with Dave Hawes (32) contributing in the middle order. A weakened bowling lineup made early inroads through Morris (1-32) and Andrew Jones (1-48), but Sam Semarayanake (50) was supported by Will Merry (38), Ivor Humm (39 no) and Bill Moriarty (39 no) as Copford eased home.