MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Mildenhall 148-3 beat Hadleigh 147 by seven wickets: A middle-order collapse saw five wickets tumble for 13 runs as Hadleigh failed to build up a winning score in their season opener at Mildenhall.
Josh Davey’s side, who finished third in their first season following promotion last season, suffered a big wake-up call on Saturday, on a day where they were well below par on a score of 147 from their batting innings.
They had travelled missing a few regular players, but believing they had enough to compete with a strong Mildenhall side, fancied to challenge at the top of the league.
Hadleigh lost the toss and Mildenhall captain Karl Holmes put Hadleigh into bat on a green early season pitch.
Opening batsmen Davey (14) and Marlon Dias (26) got off to a solid start and along with overseas player Luke Ibbs (36), Hadleigh reached 73-1.
But then the middle-order collapse came, with five wickets quickly falling to reduce them to 86-6.
Some patient batting from Tanner (24), Rix (19) and Handley (16) saw Hadleigh post a well below-par score of 147.
Despite two early wickets falling to the bowling of Kyle Tanner and Tom Piddington 147 never looked likely to be enough, as Ben Shepperson and Kobus Scholtz tucked in to the below-par bowling, the later finishing on 68no.
n Hadleigh II fared little better as they went down to Great Bromley by 59 runs.
Great Bromley posted 217-6 and Hadleigh were never really in the game, despite Graylings’ 39.
n In Division Three, Long Melford (190) lost to Needham Market (191-5) by five wickets.
They lost the toss and were put in to bat first.
Things got off to an okay start with Hugh Walters hitting a useful knock of 75, but wickets began falling at regular intervals as Needham had them 190 all out.
The visitors got off to a good start with the bat, but at times rode their luck.
When an aerial approach ball did not go to hand Melford eventually got the breakthrough with Walters picking up the wicket.
Needham were 69-1 and Nat Muthu was bowling well and got his first wicket for the first team with a good catch from Joe Harvey.
Needham were always ahead of the run-rate, despite Boon taking two wickets with as many balls and a good catch from Chris Cleverley.
An lbw had Needham at 117-4, which gave Melford hope.
James French got a wicket with a good catch from Harvey, but in the end Needham got to Melford’s total with five wickets in hand.
Melford travel to Woolpit II for their first away game on Saturday (1pm).
n Long Melford II opened up their Division Six campaign with an empathic eight-wicket victory at St Osyth.