Dias scores 89 to end losing streak

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Hadleigh 235-3 beat

Braintree 233-7

by seven wickets

An unbeaten 89 from Marlon Dias helped Hadleigh to a much-needed win against Braintree at Friars Road on Saturday.

After losing their last three matches, Ben Wallis’ side were desperate to halt their winless run against a team who were without a win so far this season.

Hadleigh were at full strength on paper, but an injury for Kyle Tanner meant he was only able to play as a batsman, thus reducing the home side’s bowling options.

Mark Simmonds was the unlikely new ball partner of Luke Istead as steady progress was made by both sides, while Wallis and Tom Piddington were economical in their spells.

But it was Tim Rix who did the most damage, picking up three wickets as Braintree slumped to 160-7 before a belligerent unbeaten 45 by Quincy Titterton helped them finish on a respectable 233-7.

Hadleigh’s batting had been fragile in recent weeks, but Ben Parker (28) and Josh Davey got the innings off to a dominant start, before Dias (89 not out) and Davey (67) took the game away from Braintree with a stand of more than 100 runs.

Simmonds (16no) helped Dias reach the target with five overs to spare.

n In Division Four, Nadie Adul (66) impressed with the bat in Hadleigh II’s three-wicket defeat to Wivenhoe II.