Halstead 168 lost to Vauxhall Mallards 171-2 by eight wickets
HALSTEAD had a glimmer of hope in this match only for it to be cruelly snatched away from them as they fell to yet another defeat.
A commanding performance from the opening bowlers had Mallards on the ropes at 12-2, but with the lbw calls not going in their favour, the Essex side could not keep up the momentum.
In damp conditions, not unlike those faced on their trip to Norfolk earlier in the season, Halstead were put in to bat by Vauxhall Mallards.
This looked to be paying dividends as Matt Webb (1) and Josh Wells (0) fell quickly to Paul Bradshaw, the former out lbw while Wells was caught behind.
The watchful Neale Dakin (22) pressed on alongside Daniel Sincuba (42), taking Halstead to the 50-run-mark before Dakin was trapped lbw by Lipshaw.
Freddie Preston (16) continued in much the same vein, but despite a couple of boundaries he became the third player to succumb to an lbw decision, Bradshaw taking his third wicket.
Sincuba was bowled without adding another run to the score, leaving Halstead at 86-5.
Halstead could not get another big partnership going – Bertie Blackwell made an attacking 20, while Charlie Douglas-Hughes (13) and Chris Rayner (8) were more reserved.
A mix up between Rayner and Tom Philp (27) led to Rayner being run out.
Despite a 30-run partnership between Philp and Goush Raviendran (10), Halstead were soon all out for 168.
Halstead very quickly had Mallards on the back foot.
Some excellent bowling from Preston and Blackwell to dismiss Turner (3) and Platter (3) meant Mallards were reeling at 12-2.
Had two confident lbw shouts gone Halstead’s way, the result may have been very different.
But Schoeman (107no) smashed his way to a century while Amos (43no) was more steady.
Both knuckled down and gave very few chances, ultimately taking the game away from Halstead and earning an eight-wicket victory.