MARSHALL HATCHICKTWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Witham 238-9 lost to Hadleigh 253-4 by 15 runs: Luke Ibbs and Kyle Tanner helped Hadleigh to continue their good recent record at Witham with a high-scoring 15-run victory on Saturday.
Overseas professional Ibbs made 104no while Tanner hit 52no alongside him as they built up a commanding total of 253.
The visitors lost the toss and were put into bat, which seemed a strange decision by the Witham captain as it seemed a beautiful pitch and a quick outfield.
Following on from the previous week, again Hadleigh got off to a good solid start, this time without Marlon Dias with new recruit Ben Wallis opening the batting alongside skipper Josh Davey.
The pair put on 50 for the first wicket before both fell in quick succession, which pegged Hadleigh back.
After the loss of Tom Piddington cheaply as well, this brought Ibbs and Tanner to the crease.
The pair then put on over 130 for the fifth wicket to propel them to a solid 253 from their 50 overs.
Hadleigh again started slowly in the field, but throughout the innings continued to take wickets frequently.
Witham’s Richard Green stepped up and smashed 111no off 92 balls to give the hosts a sniff of victory until good bowling at the death by Tanner and Sam Handley saw Hadleigh home by 15 runs.
It was a good all-round display by Hadleigh, which now moves them up to mid-table ahead of hosting Maldon on Saturday (1pm).
n Hadleigh’s second team were again on the losing side when hosting Halstead II in Division Four.
They could only post 130 from their 45 overs as a familiar pattern of a good start at 59-2 and 77-7 before a tail collapse unfolded.
Hadleigh battled strongly in the field, taking frequent wickets but Halstead creeped home in the final over for a two-wicket victory.
n Hadleigh’s Sunday side were able to get the better of local rivals Sudbury at Friars Street.
Sudbury opted to bat, but some good bowling restricted them early on.
Mike Jones then took the liking to some of the bowling and quickly propelled Sudbury up to 243-5 from their 40 overs.
Hadleigh started the chase well and Ibbs (58) made sure they were well up with the rate.
The game was taken away from Sudbury with a century stand between Sam Handley (58) and Tim Rix (72 no).
After Handley fell, Rix finished of the game with more than six overs still remaining.