Halstead 149-4 beat
by six wickets
Halstead made the perfect start to their first season back in Division One, as they beat Worlington by six-wickets on Saturday.
Harry Veal and Oliver Grayson made their debuts at Colne Engaine Road, while an injury in the warm-up to Dave Elsbury ruled him out of the opening game of the new season.
Last season’s Young Player of the Year, Joe Morris (3-33), opened the Halstead bowling alongside Veal (3-24), and the pair were soon in the wickets.
Morris had Richard Ford caught behind by Josh Wells for just one run, before Jimmy Watson (three) was dismissed by Veal.
Chris Baugh (36) and Graham Ford (53 not out) rebuilt the Worlington innings with a solid third wicket stand, but Dylan Verreynne (2-15) cut short their momentum when he trapped Baugh for LBW to end the partnership.
Charlie Douglas-Hughes (2-15) took two wickets as Halstead bowled the visitors all out for 148 runs.
The hosts took a measured approach, with openers Douglas-Hughes (23) and Mark Johnson (30) seeing off Worlington’s opening bowlers.
The introduction of Steven Flack (2-32) saw both Halstead openers lose their wickets, with Josh Wells entering the crease at number three.
The Halstead skipper encouraged a more tempered approach to batting as he finished on 37 not out to help see his side over the line.
n Halstead II began their Division Four campaign with a comfortable eight-wicket win at Ipswich II.
Simon Steel (2-42), Sam Walter (2-47) and Robert Harris (2-18) helped the visitors restrict Ipswich to 156-8.
An untroubled reply saw Halstead home with 18 overs to spare, with a half-century from William Barrett (58 no) as they reched 159-2.
n Halstead III also opened their season with a win, as they saw off Kelvedon and Feering III by 91 runs in Division Eight South.
Half-centuries from Mark Surridge (53) and Simon Rippingale (50) helped Halstead to a score of 169-6, with their contributions backed up by some excellent bowling.
Liam Jones (3-12), Callum Hansey (3-21) and Adam Morris (2-6) saw them reduce their hosts to 78-9 and pick up 20 points on the opening day.
n In the North Essex League Halstead Sunday lost at home to Mistley by seven wickets.
Despite a century from Douglas-Hughes (114) to set a target of 253, Mistley posted a score of 254-3 to win the game.
n Minute’s silence for Halstead stalwarts: page 20