Relegation looming for Halstead

BIG SCORE: Dan Sincuba, pictured batting for Brantham Exiles at Sudbury during their cricket week, hit 94 for Halstead with the bat on Saturday, but it was not enough.
BIG SCORE: Dan Sincuba, pictured batting for Brantham Exiles at Sudbury during their cricket week, hit 94 for Halstead with the bat on Saturday, but it was not enough.
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GIBBS DENLY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Copdock and Old 
Ipswichians 175-1
beat Halstead 171 
by nine wickets

HALSTEAD suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Copdock, which all but assured their relegation from the East Anglian Premier League.

The Essex outfit must take full points in their final four games, while hoping Cambridge Granta take next to none.

Matthew Webb (0) fell early to Jenkin, but Goush Raviendran (12) and Dan Sincuba (94) dug in.

They added 32 for the second wicket, occupying the crease for a long time before Raviendran departed, lbw to John East.

Freddie Preston (4) soon followed before Sincuba and Sam Burrett (14) put on 44 for the fourth wicket.

Burrett became John East’s third victim prior to Sincuba passing the half-century-mark.

Stands of 32 with Mark Johnson (20) and 51 with Chris Rayner (15) gave Sincuba (94) time at the crease, but he was out agonisingly short of a century.

Halstead again collapsed, losing their final five wickets for just eight runs.

Copdock made light work of their target.

Sincuba, bowling seam for the first time in the EAPL, picked up the wicket of Ed Pope (34), though Archie Gravell (91no) and Martyn Cull (36no) were unbeaten as Copdock wrapped things up inside 30 overs.

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION THREE

Halstead II 224-5 beat Felixstowe 223-5

by five wickets

HALSTEAD’S second string secured a much-needed win at Star Stile in an impressive display against Felixstowe.

Young Culford School bowlers Freddie Statham and Tristan Blackledge had Felixstowe in trouble early on, reducing them to 31-3, an excellent catch from Dave Robinson accounting for the second of these wickets.

Connell (51) and Collins (117no) shared an impressive stand of 147 and eventually closed on 223-5.

Alex Harbourne (24) and Justin Rose (47) got Halstead off to a good start, putting on 59 for the first wicket, that of Harbourne.

Rose departed with Halstead on 94, bringing in David Rawlinson (18).

Ian Pont (41) attacked at the other end and would be the last man out when David Baalham (31no) joined Simon Steel (47no) at the crease still needing 79 to win. The pair batted well, eventually securing Halstead’s third win of the season.

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION SEVEN

Kesgrave 281-5 beat

Halstead III 205-4 by 76 runs

DESPITE a good start with Andy Rose taking two wickets, Halstead III were undone by Kesgrave’s Colver (132) and Collard (93), who put on a huge stand of 216.

Rose completed a fifer, but after Halstead’s reply got off to a poor start – Steve Macklin (4), Callum Hansey (0) and Joe Hedin (0) all out with just 23 on the board – they could not get close enough to win.

However, they secured full batting points as Rose (103) and skipper Simon Rippingale (61no) frustrated the Kesgrave attack.

PIRI PIRI

NORTH ESSEX LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Halstead lost to Copford

by 16 runs

TOM Peacock (65) and Freddie Preston (58) made their highest scores since joining Halstead as they fell agonisingly short of their target in a bottom-of-the-table clash with Copford at Star Stile.

Halstead were left requiring 21 runs from the final two overs, but a five-wicket haul from J Bell was enough to give Copford victory, in a game where they had at one point been reeling on 81-5.

n Halstead and Earls Colne played out an enjoyable friendly at Green Farm Road on Sunday with the emphasis on teaching and encouraging youth.

Halstead won by 145 runs after registering 247-3.

n A Chairman’s XI, led by Mark Surridge, will face a Club XI on Sunday (1.30pm).