Masterclass from Ibbs gives Hadleigh a thrilling victory

IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY: Hadleigh's Luke Ibbs, pictured in bat against Haverhill last week
IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY: Hadleigh's Luke Ibbs, pictured in bat against Haverhill last week

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE Hadleigh 175-9 beat Mildenhall 173 by one wicket

Hadleigh got back to winning ways in Division One with a thrilling one-wicket success over visiting Mildenhall at 
Friars Road.

With persistent rainfall, the match was reduced to 40 overs per innings with Mildenhall winning the toss and opening the innings.

Having won the toss, Mildenhall opened the innings with the returning Joe Reed and Alex Reynolds.

Hadleigh’s opening bowlers gave little away in the early exchanges with the breakthrough finally made in the ninth over when Kyle Tanner deceived Joe Reed, who edged to Ben Wallis to be dismissed for 10.

Having seen the 100 up, Reynolds moved to a half-century, before a lapse in concentration in the 28th over saw him stumped off a full toss from Luke Ibbs.

Hadleigh had made a good fist of containing the run-rate with some fine fielding.

The pressure from Ibbs and Tanner continued as Mildenhall lost their last two wickets to end on 173.

Ibbs finished with impressive figures of 6-55 with Tanner ending with figures of 4-37.

In reply, Hadleigh got off to a poor start as James Holmes bowled Dias (14) and then had Josh Davey (nine) caught in the slips.

Ibbs was partnered by Danny Rock and they took the score to 50.

Rock (four) then fell before Wallis suffered the same fate to leave Hadleigh on 65-4 in the 16th over.

The wickets continued to fall with Tanner (six) and Paul Budd (one) both falling in quick succession.

Ibbs continued to look solid with the score on 93, but he lost partners repeatedly as Beaumont struck again to trap Ellis, leaving the home side seven wickets down.

Tim Rix joined Ibbs and, having got past 100, they began to regain control.

The visitors began to look ragged until Beaumont bowled Rix (23).

With the score on 159, Alex Milnes fell as the ninth wicket as defeat looked a strong possibility.

Man-of-the-match Ibbs (96) was not to be denied, scoring the final boundary that saw Hadleigh home.

n Hadleigh II (192-7) picked 
up their second Division Four win of the season by overcoming Great Bromley (188-8) by four runs. Carl Holder (53) and Ryan Phillips (52) were the pick of the performances.