MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Haverhill 146-3 beat Hadleigh 144-9
by seven wickets
Hadleigh slumped to their first defeat of the season after an early batting collapse proved costly in their trip to Haverhill at the weekend.
A double wicket maiden from Haverhill’s Will Bailey got the hosts off to a dream start.
Bailey had his first victim strangled down the leg side, before dismissing Hadleigh batsman Marlon Dias with a sharply-taken catch at mid wicket by James Smith.
Hadleigh’s woes worsened further when overseas player Luke Istead spooned a chance to Adam Dellar at cover, off a well-hidden slower ball from Bailey (3-8).
Chris Palmer (1-11) then got in on the action for Haverhill and after several tight overs he had his man, and it was a big one in the shape of Hadleigh captain Ben Wallis.
The visitors looked in dire straights at 6-4 and were in serious need of a partnership.
Josh Davey and Mark Simmonds looked to steady the ship and managed to grind Hadleigh to 35-4, before Dan Poole produced a gem of a delivery, pitching outside off stump to remove Davey (15).
Poole (2-29) then soon had his second wicket caught behind by wicket-keeper David Humphrey, who initially dropped the thick edge, only to regather it on the second attempt inches from the floor.
Joey Kettle (1-16) joined in on the act as he made the Hadleigh keeper chip a catch to Smith to leave the visitors reeling at 47-7 at drinks.
Hadleigh did not throw in the towel though, and a resolute partnership between Simmonds (45) and Kyle Tanner (53 not out) got them to a respectable position.
A run out thanks to some excellent fielding from Palmer, and a swift stumping from Humphrey restricted any wag of the Hadleigh tail as they closed the innings on 144-9.
While a score of 144 is far from desirable, Hadleigh at least had something for their bowlers to work with.
And with the visiting bowlers throwing everything they had into defending their low total, it was never going to be easy for the Haverhill openers.
Fortunately for the hosts though, Dan Pass and Anthony Phillips rose to the challenge and got Haverhill off to the perfect start with an opening partnership of 85.
Pass scored a flamboyant 43 before being dismissed for LBW, while Phillips, who was dropped in the 20s, was the next man to go after reaching a determined 40.
Palmer (27 no) and new batsman Humphrey (21 no) then saw Haverhill home and dry, with the latter hitting the winning runs with a six to put Hadleigh out of their misery.
Tim Rix (1-11), Ben Wallis (1-21) and Istead (1-27) took the wickets for the visitors.
Hadleigh will now look to bounce back when they host Halstead for a local derby on Saturday (1pm).