Hadleigh get off to strong start

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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES LEAGUE DIVISION ONE

Hadleigh 230-3 beat

Copford 229-9

by seven wickets

Hadleigh made a powerful start to the season, with Tom Piddington unbeaten on 113 and Luke Istead unbeaten on 70 as they swept past Copford.

Skipper Ben Wallis made it 12 successful coin tosses in a row, and invited newly-promoted Copford to bat.

A below par spell from Hadleigh’s opening pair Tanner and Istead led to Copford getting off to a very strong start, the opening stand going past 50.

Some tight bowling from Piddington, backed up by good fielding from the whole of the Hadleigh side, notably Marlon Dias, meant that the batting side never got away.

Opener Saville finished on 111, and some late blows from the home side saw them reach 229 when at one stage a total of 200 looked unlikely.

Wallis and Ben Parker came out to lead the chase, but Wallis was bowled for a duck inside the second over, leading to Piddington to bat at number three for the first time in his Hadleigh career.

He looked in good touch very early on, crunching a straight drive back past the bowler while Parker went about his business quietly at the other end. Parker was bowled after making a solid 26.

Number four Dias played some promising shots but after contributing 11 to the score he was caught at cover which left the game in the balance.

Piddington was joined by overseas debutant Luke Istead, who was keen to impose himself on the game. Istead charged his second ball and hit the bowler over extra cover to get himself off the mark.

Piddington continued to play some exquisite shots, clearing the ropes on multiple occasions. Istead followed suit and hit some similarly outstanding shots, and the partnership soon passed 100,

Piddington crunched a shot through the covers to bring up his personal milestone, his maiden Hadleigh hundred. Istead finishing the game off in style with a huge six over square leg. Istead finished on 70 from just 51 balls, and Piddington’s innings included 13 fours and five sixes.