TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Worlington 174 beat
by 18 runs
Halstead’s poor run of form continued as they fell to a third consecutive defeat in Division One, going down to an 18 run loss to Worlington.
With Worlington in bat, Josh Wells took the early wicket of Richard Ford (0) courtesy of a good catch in the slips from Mark Johnson.
Jimmy Watson and Chris Baugh put on 124 runs for the second wicket as the home side looked on course to set a big total. The partnership was eventually broken when Baugh (31) was run out.
Watson had made 82 prior to Wells, Dylan Verreynne with the catch, sparking the loss of three wickets for four runs.
Sam Walter had Alfie Marston (1) caught and Wells trapped Graham Ford (1) lbw. Ziaf Kulasi (21) was the only lower order resistance as Walter claimed two more victims and Charlie Douglas-Hughes two himself, Worlington were all out for 174 in the 36th over.
Halstead were quickly in trouble in their reply, Neale Dakin (6), Douglas-Hughes (10) and Verreynne (3) were all back in the pavilion at 34-3.
Wells took the initiative, scoring quickly while Mark Johnson (19) rotated the strike well. With an additional 13 overs on their side, Halstead were steady in their progress, Johnson falling to Parker with 61 still needed.
Wells became stifled and holed out on the boundary after making 83, including 56 from boundaries. At that stage Halstead needed 46 to win with five wickets in hand, but as has often been the case the lower order failed to capitalise.
Harry Pritchard (14) was the only other batsman to make double figures as Worlington strangled Halstead’s tail.
Wollard (3-34) and Parker (3-25) were the best bowlers as Halstead came up agonisingly short again.
n There was better success for Halstead II (161-2) who clinched an eight wicket victory over Ipswich II (160) to remain top of Division Four.
Mark Harris has been in top form with the ball recently and the off spinner claimed career best figures for the second time this season, his 7-56 including the first seven wickets to fall.
Chris Roper (3-27) polished off the tail with Ipswich’s Simon Halliday (42) top scoring.
In Halstead’s reply, Gary Dicker (62no) and Goush Raviendran (75) proved the standout batsmen, making light work of the target.
n Halstead III (208-6) suffered a three wicket defeat to Kelvedon and Feering III (209-7) in Division Eight South despite impressive displays from Mark Surridge (80) and Taylor Nicholson (59).