Ibb’s ton not backed up in the field

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Hadleigh 239-9 drew with Ipswich 239-6

Hadleigh captain Josh Davey said Saturday’s draw with Ipswich felt ‘like a defeat’ after some poor bowling and fielding saw their chances evaporate.

After losing the toss and being asked to bat, Hadleigh battled hard against some tight bowling to reach the 25 over mark with only the loss of two wickets.

Thanks to a brilliant 118 from overseas Luke Ibbs, Hadleigh were able to post a very good total of 239, on quite a slow deck.

In reply, Ipswich got off to a quick start and they built their partnerships well throughout their 50 overs.

Due to some clean hitting from Steve Bell, Ipswich were able to take the game right down to the wire and tie the game.

Davey said: “From a batting perspective, I was very happy with how we performed; Luke batted beautifully, and as a team, we supported him well.

“Unfortunately, we did not back this up in the field.

“Our fielding was uncharacteristically poor and we simply bowled too many to the Ipswich batsmen — at the end of the game it very much felt like a loss.

“All credit to Ipswich for keeping very cool heads though.”