Hadleigh set their sights on going up

KEY MAN: Hadleigh's Kyle Tanner, who has taken 33 wickets at an average of 13.15 in the 2012 season, returned with another wicket against Witham on Saturday.
KEY MAN: Hadleigh's Kyle Tanner, who has taken 33 wickets at an average of 13.15 in the 2012 season, returned with another wicket against Witham on Saturday.
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HADLEIGH could finally claim promotion to Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One when they travel Woodbridge & OW on Saturday (12.30pm)

Hadleigh were made to wait for promotion after falling to a 47-run defeat at Witham last weekend, which saw the sides swap places at the top of the Division Two table.

Witham are now two points ahead of Hadleigh with two games to play and with Worlington earning a 20-point victory at Easton, Hadleigh still need 18 points from their final two games to secure promotion.

Alex Milnes’ super figures of 6-52 from 13 overs, assisted by further wickets from Paul Budd (2-36) and the returning Kyle Tanner (1-32), helped skittle Witham out for 182 runs, but Hadleigh’s batting order were unable to make any impact as they finished their 45 overs on 135-9.

Marlon Dias was the man of the match when Woodbridge & OW visited the Cricket Meadow in June, scoring 104no to lead Hadleigh to a seven-wicket victory.

Already-relegated Halstead suffered another defeat as they lost by eight wickets to Clacton in the East Anglian Premier League.

The Clacton openers were in unstoppable form with George Brown finishing 165 not out from 160 balls and Muhammad Alif scoring an impressive 92 to help the hosts to victory.

Half-centuries from Josh Wells (54) and Ed Clark (51) were not enough in reply for the visitors who were bowled out for 206, 82 runs short of their victory target.

Halstead travel to face Bury St Edmunds at the Victory Ground this Saturday (11am), while Sudbury visit Horsford.

Long Melford took a huge step towards promotion in Two Counties Division Three as they took maximum points at home to Coggeshall II.

The visitors were bowled out for 159 and Long Melford secured the vital victory with three wickets still intact on 163-7.

Melford are now 19 points clear of third-place Sudbury II, who fell to defeat at Kelvedon & Feering.

Sudbury were given a reasonable victory target of 165 but fell 21 runs short, leaving a huge dent in their promotion challenge, which sees them faces the sternest of tests as they host leaders Copford on Saturday (12.30pm).

A Copford win would give Long Melford the chance to secure promotion when they host mid-table Yoxford on Saturday (12.30pm), while a Sudbury win would give their neighbours the chance to regain top spot, which they currently trail by nine points.

Elsewhere in Division Three, Halstead II are in desperate need of a victory when they host Bury St Edmunds II on Saturday (12.30pm).

Halstead are currently 27 points adrift from safety with following a seven-wicket loss at the hands of Little Bardfield Village last weekend.

In Division Four, Hadleigh II will be looking to bounce back from defeat to Frinton II when they face bottom side Earl Stonham while Division Six outfit Long Melford finished fifth in the table after Earls Colne, who earned just a single win in 18 attempts, conceded the final game of the season.

Relegated Halstead III were the party poopers as they won by eight wickets against already-promoted Sudbury III who were expecting to be crowned Division Seven champions.

Sudbury’s four-point haul left them a single point short of Kesgrave, who ended their season five days earlier with a 20-point win against Maldon III.