MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Halstead 157 lost to
by 53 runs
Halstead’s torrid time in Division One continued on Saturday with a disappointing display at home to Maldon in a 53-run defeat.
Despite bowling well enough to dismiss their opponents for an attainable 210, they did not have the batting to chase the score down.
Maldon batted first on a pitch conducive to spinners, despite the early wicket of Glenn (21) from swing bowler Dean Feneysey.
Elliot (35) and Coker (20) played a supporting role to Harris (53), who batted well at the top of the order.
Charlie Douglas-Hughes (3-49) had Elliot caught behind, then caught and bowled Coker to leave Maldon at 130-3.
They struggled to add further runs through the innings as spinners Douglas-Hughes, Digby Harding (3-58) and Dave Elsbury (3-43) bowled tightly.
The final seven wickets fell for 71 runs to leave Maldon on 210 all out.
Halstead’s reply started poorly with the early wicket of Graham Wickes (1).
Douglas-Hughes (58) joined Nick Phillips (24) at the crease, but when the latter was bowled by Elliot, the support dried up.
Elliot (5-31) kept Halstead in check as wickets fell at consistent intervals.
Douglas-Hughes passed 50, but with his dismissal it was curtains for Halstead as they were soon all out well short of their target.
n There was further disappointment for Halstead II (274-9) in Division Three as they also suffered defeat, going down by three wickets at home to Felixstowe (275-7).
Halstead got off to a blistering start, with Matt Webb (57) and Kelly Lunow-Haldane (64) scoring freely at the top of the innings.
The pair put on 125 for the first wicket, before Lunow-Haldane fell.
Catherine Dalton (42) and Tristan Blackledge (40) added runs toward the end of the innings as Halstead closed on 275-7.
Collins (114) formed big partnerships with Hopkins (51) and Lander (44no) as Halstead struggled to protect their target.
Felixstowe made it over the line in the penultimate over.
n The losing feeling also carried over into the third team (208-9) in Division Eight West as they suffered a four-wicket defeat to Haverhill III (210-6).
Having set 209 to win courtesy of Mark Surridge (87), Haverhill looked to be cruising it at 152-2.
Street (51), Williams (52) and Brunning (57) all completed half-centuries, but Surridge (4-15) turned the tide.
It came down to six runs needed off the final over, with Bailey holding his nerve to win it for Haverhill.
n However, there was cause for celebration for Halstead’s Sunday team in Piri Piri North Essex League Division One as they eased to a 104 run success over Springfield.
Josh Wells proved the star of the show with an impressive knock of 203 and was supported by Digby Harding (104no) in a formidable partnership of 302.
n Elsewhere in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One Hadleigh (212-5) cruised to a five-wicket success over hosts Mildenhall (211).
The visitors main contributions with the bat came from Ibbs (61), Tanner (46) and Dias (46), while Wareing took an impressive five-wickets for 57 runs.