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Early batting collapse puts Halstead on way to defeat

FRUSTRATING: Halstead's Harry Veal was left unbeaten on 52, and was not among the wickets at Mildenhall
FRUSTRATING: Halstead's Harry Veal was left unbeaten on 52, and was not among the wickets at Mildenhall




Mildenhall 263-8 beat

Halstead 154 by 109 runs

Mildenhall won the toss and in-form batsmen Steve Taylor and Joe Reed completed a century partnership in the 15th over.

Taylor fell for 60 when he was bowled by David Elsbury with 123 on the board. Peter Worthington joined Reed and they added a further 52 before Reed (75) was out to a great catch in the deep by Chris Rayner off Ollie Grayson.

Worthington took control and together with Luke Youngs added another 53 runs. Youngs (20) fell when he drove Josh Wells to cover where Grayson hung on to the catch.

Mildenhall were unable to make the most of the late overs as five wickets fell for just 15 runs and Worthington ended unbeaten with 82 runs. Chris Roper was the pick of the bowlers with 3-39.

Steve Taylor set Mildenhall on their way when he knocked over Goushi Raviendran’s stumps with the first ball of the innings. Taylor then had Chris Rayner (0) caught in a well taken catch by Luke Youngs. Wells went for 40 and Halstead were 65-5.

Mark Johnson and Harry Veal showed some determination adding 49, Johnson going on 27. Veal kept things going, and was unbeaten on 52 as Halstead were beaten with 10 overs to spare.

n Hadleigh continue to struggle in Division One and lost by 45 runs in a rain-affected match at Witham.

Putting high-flying Witham in to bat, Hadleigh picked up the important early wicket of Hawes, but could not build on that as the home side went on the charge through Wakelin and Chad and passed 150 with no further loss.

With the weather looking ominous, Hadleigh picked up a crucial second wicket through Tim Rix just before the rain came at 29 overs. After the resumption, Rix took two further wickets. Witham declared on 223-6 with four overs left to increase their chances of a finish.

It was after 6pm when Hadleigh’s innings began. Ben Parker and Josh Davey enjoyed a solid opening stand before Jones bowled the latter.

While Luke Istead (42) and Parker (45) were at the crease Hadleigh looked comfortable, but as wickets began to tumble and the light started to fade so did Hadleigh’s hopes.

Some powerful blows from Daniel Shanks and Kyle Tanner took Hadleigh beyond 175, but this defeat leaves them in the bottom two for the first time this season.

n Hadleigh II are in a similar situation in Division Four, after suffering another defeat. Hadleigh did well to restrict Mildenhall III to 215-6 before being dismissed for 137.

There was a senior debut for 14-year-old Lewis Woolston, who took his first wicket for the club.

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