Controversial decision in Essex

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Wivenhoe 161-2 beat

Hadleigh 159-9

by eight wickets

Hadleigh slipped to an eight-wicket defeat away at title-chasers Wivenhoe in a game which was one of many to be affected by the rain at the weekend.

After winning the toss, Hadleigh decided to bat and opening batsmen Josh Davey and Ben Parker worked together to play effectively on an awkward and difficult pitch.

But Wivenhoe managed to play the pitch to their advantage, with the spinners from their team taking wickets at their pleasure.

Kyle Tanner then stepped up to the crease and did well to put 44 runs on the scoreboard for Hadleigh, who finished on 159-9 with help from Davey (35) and Alex Milnes (30).

When it came to the second innings, Luke Istead and Tanner started off the bowling very well, with the new ball causing Wivenhoe a lot of trouble.

Rain stopped play for an hour and once it settled the umpires made the controversial decision to re-start play, which meant the Wivenhoe innings started from scratch.

Wivenhoe took advantage and finished in pole position at 161-2.

n Elsewhere, Halstead (6-0) saw their trip to Coggeshall (230-9) abandoned, while in Division Three, Justin Rose (4-28) and Ian Pont (93 not out) led Halstead II (221-9) to a one-wicket victory in the final over against Kelvedon and Feering (220).

n In Division Seven, Halstead III won by concession after Ipswich III were unable to raise a side, while Halstead Sunday (90-7) lost to Springfield (96-7).