MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Halstead 148 beat
Frinton II 66 by 82 runs
Halstead kicked off their 2016 campaign with a resounding win over Frinton II at Ashlynn Road.
Openers Charlie Douglas-Hughes and Mark Johnson reached 20 before Douglas-Hughes was dismissed, hitting a Jermaine Shillingford delivery hard at Russell Stockdale at point.
Josh Wells joined Johnson and the two added 28 for the second wicket before Johnson was caught and bowled.
Larvet Masunda played some encouraging shots on his debut, but the Zimbabwean was the third wicket to fall, Stockdale again claiming the catch, this time off M Fowler.
Halstead endured a middle-order collapse, falling from 70-2 to 94-7 as Wells, Harry Veal (0), Chris Rayner (5) and Goush Raviendran (9) fell.
Debutant, Matt Cooper (5) helped the score to 116 before being trapped lbw by Catlow.
But brothers Adam (16) and Joe Morris (24) added 40 runs themselves, dragging Halstead to 148 all out in the 45th over.
Russell Stockdale (3-20) and L Catlow (3-21) were the pick of the host bowlers.
In reply, only three Frinton batsmen made it past double figures as disciplined bowling proved too much to deal with.
Joe Morris took two early wickets, bowling Price (2) and having Brynes (0) caught behind by Masunda with the score on 11.
J Fowler (30) top-scored for Frinton, but once his and Stockdale’s (12) partnership was broken at 36-3 – Harry Veal having the latter caught behind – the wickets tumbled.
Eight wickets fell for the addition of just 30 runs, five of them with the score on 62 as Morris claimed 4-22, Wells 3-9 and Douglas-Hughes 2-6.
n In Division Three, with Catherine Dalton leading the side for the first time, Halstead II 148-4 beat Brockley 147 by six wickets.
Mark Surridge did most of the damage, taking 5-17, to reduce the visitors from 130-5 to 147 all out.
Ian Pont scored a quickfire 59 alongside Dalton (25) in an opening stand of 51. After a brief flurry of wickets, Andy Rose (38no) and Surridge (11no) saw the hosts home.
n Adam Morris opened his captaincy account in the North Essex Cricket League Division Three with a 41-run victory over Kirby.
The 22-year-old skippered a side with only three players over 23, setting the example with a well-composed 66. With brother Joe (49), he put on 86 for the second wicket. Halstead reached 215.
Adam Cuthbert (54) and Elliott Mann (14) put on 49 for the first wicket, but Charles Mallett (2-29) and Liam Jones (2-42), the latter dismissing Keiron Parkes after a quickfire 40, restricted Kirby to 174-8.