MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Hadleigh 227-7 beat Frinton 218 by nine runs
Hadleigh captain Josh Davey could not hide his delight after they became the first side to beat league leaders Frinton this season.
In what was a top-of-the-table clash, newly-promoted Hadleigh showed they were a match for the Division One pacesetters by taking the maximum 20 points to close the gap to 52 points.
Davey revealed the secret behind their flying start is simply down to their desire to work hard for each other.
“It was an absolutely thrilling game from start to finish and the momentum kept shifting between the two sides all day,” he said.
“We were delighted to get the win and prove in our first season in this league that we are capable of beating the best sides.
“The crucial ingredient that makes us a good side is that we all work together well as a team, and importantly, we enjoy playing with each other.
“This win against Frinton has demonstrated this completely — everyone brought something to the table.”
Frinton won the toss and elected to bowl on a green and seamer-friendly pitch.
Frinton started tightly and managed to remove both of Hadleigh’s openers, Josh Davey and Marlon Dias, with the score just 8-2 off seven overs.
Tom Piddington (63) and Luke Ibbs (38) battled hard and rebuilt Hadleigh’s innings to 107-2 off 25 overs.
Three quick wickets after the drinks break slowed down Hadleigh’s progress and swung momentum back to Frinton.
Danny Rock (47) and Paul Budd (44) rebuilt Hadleigh’s innings once again by batting their side up to a solid and competitive total of 227, although it was 20-30 runs shorts of what they ideally wanted.
In reply, Frinton came out hard at Hadleigh in an attempt to get ahead of the rate and disrupt their openers.
Bowling changes were made and medium pace bowlers Piddington and Kalpesh Ellis came into the attack and bowled long spells in order to slow down the rate and create wicket-taking opportunities.
Wickets started to tumble at crucial moments and increasing pressure was put on Frinton’s middle-order.
Turning points in the game was a run out from 16-year-old Tommy Newbiggin and a breath-taking stumping by Rock.
Opening bowlers Kyle Tanner (three wickets) and Matt Wareing (three wickets) came back to bowl in the concluding overs and led the team to victory.
In the end, Frinton needed 11 runs off the last over, but with only one wicket remaining.
Wareing stepped up and clean bowled the batsman on-strike on the third ball of the final over.