Halstead fall victim to weather

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Coggeshall 230-9

Halstead 6-0

Torrential rain curtailed Halstead’s game at Coggeshall on Saturday, soon after the visitors’ reply began.

The hosts had made 230-9 from their 50 overs, with Sam Blackwell (63) and Lloyd Edwards (53) top scoring.

Halstead’s bowlers struggled to make an early breakthrough against Edwards and Rob Jagger (25). But Jagger was dismissed when he offered a simple chance to Harry Veal at square leg off of Josh Wells.

Jimmy Rees (12) fell soon after, hitting Dave Elsbury straight to Neale Dakin at midwicket.

Scotland and Essex wicket-keeper Matt Cross (1) did not last much longer, top-edging a sweep to Mark Johnson at backward square leg, again off of Elsbury.

Edwards brought up his half-century, but fell soon after with Joe Morris holding on to a tough chance over his shoulder off Wells.

Sam Blackwell attacked from the off, his first two scoring shots being boundaries.

Rob Cross built a solid partnership with Blackwell.

Blackwell went past 50 before holing out to Joe Morris on the deep mid-on boundary off of Charlie Douglas-Hughes for 63.

George Blackwell (0) was caught behind by a leaping Masunda off a Harry Veal slower ball, and O’Connor was trapped LBW for 11 before the hosts closed on 230-9.

Halstead did eventually manage to start their reply after an extended tea break due to persistent drizzle, but a torrential downpour for around 15 minutes meant umpires abandoned play.

n Halstead IIs won their Division Three match at home to Kelvedon and Feering, victory coming in the last over.

The visitors posted 220-9 after 45 overs, with Ian Pont hitting the winning run off the first ball of the final over as Halstead reached 221-9.