lost to Mildenhall 148-1
by nine wickets
A weakened Halstead side crashed to a heavy defeat at home to Mildenhall on Saturday and remain rooted to the bottom of Division One in the Two Counties Championship.
The hosts were bowled out for 145 with Charlie Douglas-Hughes (44) and number 10 Dean Feneysey (27no) the only players to give a significant batting contribution.
Meanwhile, Mildenhall’s Suffolk star Jack Beaumont terrorised Halstead’s middle order, taking 5-31 in just under 16 overs.
The visitors were able to reach that target with consummate ease, with the fall of just one wicket — coming as a maiden first-team wicket for Cath Dalton.
Halstead now face a difficult trip to mid-table Maldon in the hope of ending a two-match losing streak.
n Halstead II did not fare much better, with a nine-wicket loss at fellow Division Three strugglers Abberton and District.
Chris Coleman (42) and Kelly Lunow-Haldane (31) made a strong stand, but there was little else to shout about for the 10-man visitors as Abberton bowled them out for 179 and soon chased down their target with half-centuries from both openers.
Matt Webb bowled Gregan Savill (76) for the solitary Halstead wicket.
The defeat leaves Halstead just three points above bottom side Felixstowe.
n Meanwhile, Halstead III were also defeated, at promotion favourites Nowton.
The visitors spent much of the match with 10 men and felt the effects of fielding two inexperienced wicketkeepers as Henry Desch (46), Stuart Danson (74) and Laron Kretzmann (97) led Nowton to 263-5.
Charles Unsworth’s personal best 39 was the highlight of a reply that came up 131 runs short.
n Halstead could not possibly lose on Sunday, as the club played host to a 35-over inter-club friendly at Star Stile.
The two teams were made up of senior players, colts and parents, led by Callum Hansey and Chris Rayner.
The match finished as a draw.