Halstead one point off bottom after defeat

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES 
CHAMPIONSHIP

Halstead 119 lost to

Witham 121-4

by six wickets

Halstead were comfortably beaten at home by Witham on Saturday.

After losing the toss, they were asked to bat first and, despite getting off to a good start through a 33-run first-wicket partnership from Tom Peacock (19) and Charlie Douglas-Hughes (22), they endured a collapse.

From this position they were reduced to 56-5 with Cody McDonald taking three wickets in the process.

Chris Rayner (24) and Digby Harding (27) put Halstead through a period of rebuilding — their partnership was worth a valuable 52 when Rayner was dismissed.

Harding fell soon after and Halstead collapsed again, losing their last five wickets for just 11 runs as Witham bowled them out for 119.

McDonald was the pick of the bowlers with 4-24.

E Suett (50no) and Hawes (21) got Witham’s reply off to a flyer, a 50-run partnership between the openers quickly taking the game away from Halstead.

However, when Hawes was run-out, the left-arm spin of David Elsbury took over.

He claimed three scalps, but Green (20) and Suett seemed to do enough and Witham reached their target inside 33 overs.

Halstead travel to Elmstead next week for a crunch bottom-of-the-table clash.

n The second XI got the only win of the day for the club with a 13-run victory at Yoxford in Division Three.

A partnership of 115 for the third wicket between debutante Adit Pawha (84) and Andy Rose (52) helped them set a total of 203 all out, with Justin Rose (3-19) doing the damage with the ball.

n Halstead’s third XI were well beaten at home to Brockley II on a day when winning the toss was paramount.

After being asked to bat, only three Halstead batsmen reached double figures, with David Rawlinson (22) top scoring as they succumbed to 81 all out.

Callum Hansey (2-20) was the best of the home side’s bowlers, but they never had the runs on the board to compete.

n In a Sunday friendly at Sudbury, Halstead won by 30 runs with Charlie Douglas-Hughes (62) and Mark Surridge (48) helping them to 198 all out.

Sam Walter, Digby Harding and Joe Morris all took two wickets.