Promotion charge on again for Hadleigh

Newly-promoted Hadleigh have got their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One campaign off to a flyer.

Their victory at Coggeshall on Saturday was their third of the season and lifted them to second in the division, 14 points behind title favourites Frinton-on-Sea, who Hadleigh visit tomorrow (1pm).

Division One rivals Halstead, who came down from the East Anglian Premier League, are yet to shake that losing feeling and slumped to the bottom of the table with four defeats from four matches.

Their latest reverse was a five-wicket loss to Frinton after being skittled for 93.

Long Melford were beaten in Division Two, but there was better success for Sudbury II in Division Three as they Brightlingsea by 120 runs.

Like their first XI, second-bottom Halstead II suffered more pain at the hands of Frinton, being bowled out for 47 in reply to the hosts’ 216-7.

Hadleigh II lost at Ipswich II in Division Four, while there were losses for Long Meford II and Sudbury III in Division Six.

The rain saved Halstead from the despair of a club whitewash as the third-team’s match with Elveden was abandoned.