Gupta returns to haunt Halstead

TOUGH GOING: Halstead struggle to put on the runs in their home defeat to Haverhill on Saturday
TOUGH GOING: Halstead struggle to put on the runs in their home defeat to Haverhill on Saturday

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Halstead 181 lost to

Haverhill 272-8 by 91 runs

A depleted Halstead side, missing their captain, fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of a Haverhill side featuring former teammate Amit Gupta.

With late injuries to Ian Pont and skipper Charlie Douglas-Hughes, the side was forcibly changed from the one that beat Ipswich the previous week.

Haverhill scored quickly from the off, as Adam Dellar (35) and Bill Moran (17) opened up. They approached 50, before three wickets fell for under 20 runs.

Moran and Kyle Blanchard (4) both fell to Justin Rose, while Freddie Preston claimed the scalp of Dellar.

This brought together Gupta (82) and Luke Youngs (44). The pair had a hundred partnership, with Gupta looking set for a ton before he holed out to Digby Harding on the boundary off of Dean Feneysey.

A smart catch from Andy Charlton off of Feneysey accounted for Nigel Brunning (0).

Haverhill moved past 200 and on to a final total of 272-8.

Robert Harris dismissing Luke Youngs, while Tristan Blackledge took two wickets on his first-team debut. Dan Poole made a quick fire 61no.

Halstead’s reply started terribly, they fell to 22-4 as Neale Dakin (0), Rose (11), Charlton (0) and Preston (8) were all dismissed.

Mark Johnson (82), who stood in as captain on the day, was a bastion of resistance.

He was part of good partnerships with Blackledge (12), Harding (29) and Harris (11), helping his side up to 175 before being dismissed.

Halstead were all out for 181, with wickets shared around the Haverhill attack. Gupta in particular coming out on top on his return to the club.

n In Division Three, Halstead II (125-9) lost at Bury St Edmunds II by 103 runs with opener Ben Morris claiming the wicket of first-team regular Ben Bellward with his first ball on his seconds debut. Brothers Chris Coleman and Brian also played their first games for the club.

n Halstead III claimed the club’s only win of Saturday in their Division Eight West one-wicket win over Haverhill III at Star Stile, with spinner Mark Harris returning figures of 4-39 off of 14 overs and hitting 47 in a man-of-the-match display.

n A club friendly featuring a very young side in front of the Vice Presidents, attending their annual tea on Sunday, saw Halstead run out 148-run winners over Lydd CC, a touring side from Kent.

Tristan Blackledge (57) top scored, narrowly ahead of Ben Morris (51), both products of the club’s Colts set up as the home side set a winning score of 246-7 before Digby Harding took four wickets as Lydd were all out for 98 in 29.5 overs.