HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK LEAGUE
Haverhill II 211-3 beat Acton 210-6 by seven wickets
Teenager Josh Ruthven and veteran Micky Rinaldi took the batting plaudits as Haverhill returned to winning ways.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon Haverhill II played Acton at home on what can only be described as a fantastic looking wicket, which always looked like it was destined to be high scoring.
Haverhill’s skipper Charles Shannon promptly lost the toss and Acton chose to bat first.
It all started so well with opening bowler Josh Ruthven (7-26-1) getting an early wicket.
He was unlucky not to pick up more with a few edges flying between slip and gully.
The batsmen rode their luck and we did not assist ourselves in the field with a number of regulation chances going down although Sam Street and Kieron Ewens both made valiant attempts at full length diving catches which on another day would have stuck.
Street was unable to get under a ball that must have had ice on it on the way down because it went so high.
Paul Turner (10-35-1), Ewens (6-29-2) and Scott Bishop (7-33-1) did a great job at tying the batsman down and picking up wickets at crucial points of the innings.
Acton managed to get to 210 which it was felt was a below par score given how well the wicket was playing.
The skipper approached Micky Rinaldi (62) during the tea break and suggested he may want to have a go at opening and getting us off to a good start.
He did not disappoint as he and Street (22) got Haverhill off to a flyer reaching the target they had set themselves to achieve in the 20th over by the 12th over.
Street played some fantastically timed shots but shortly after getting to target got caught in two minds and offered a reasonably simple catch back to the bowler.
This bought Ruthven to the crease and he and Rinaldi continued to build on the good start and when Rinaldi eventually succumbed in the 18th over Haverhll were well above target.
Alex Archer (8) played a couple of good shots before he skied one and was caught.
Ruthven (71 no) was in devastating form playing some great shots in a controlled innings and Steve Taylor (32 no) made a welcome return to Sunday cricket with a great knock and we reached the total with almost eight overs to spare.
Skipper Shannon said: “Although we batted really well and got a much needed win we need to ensure that we build on this and improve our fielding for the future.”