GIBBS DENLY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Halstead 157 lost to Copdock & Old Ipswichians 275-1
by 118 runs
COPDOCK gave a lesson in how to bat to a depleted Halstead XI at Star Stile.
In weather more suited to the middle of April, Halstead took to the field against their high-flying opponents.
Adrian Nel (50) made another quick-fire 50 against Halstead, the South African departing the ball after reaching his half-century when he top-edged a full delivery from Ed Clark to Goushi Raviendran.
The score was on 71 at this point, Archie Gravell staying firm on 19no.
This would prove to be the only wicket Halstead would take as Suffolk openers Gravell (110no) and Martyn Cull (100no) made Halstead toil.
With Halstead short on bowling, it was left to the old guard of Tom Philp, Mark Johnson and Mark Surridge to bowl the majority of the overs, with few chances being given.
Two drops early in the partnership were to be rued as Copdock declared on 275-1, once Cull completed his century.
Halstead were left reeling in reply as G Raviendran (0), Daniel Sincuba (5) and Matthew Webb (4) all succumbed to the pace and movement of James East.
A 50-run partnership from Neale Dakin (33) and Philp (31) gave Halstead some respite, but when Dakin was caught and bowled by Tom Jenkin it sparked another minor collapse.
This time it was Namibian international Christi Viljoen who did the damage, removing Johnson (10), Philp (31) and Surridge (2) for the loss of just five runs.
Some resilience down the order from 14-year-old Sam Walter (27) and Ed Clark (11) frustrated the Copdock bowlers, but they would ultimately take a comfortable victory.