Hadleigh Cricket Club go into another pivotal relegation clash this weekend boosted by the return to form of bowler Kyle Tanner.
The right-arm medium fast bowler has been struggling with a side strain while playing this season, but marked his return to full fitness with four wickets last Saturday.
Tanner (4-6) looked back to his best as Hadleigh eased to a nine-wicket victory over bottom side Copford, a win which hauled them out of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One relegation zone.
And ahead of hosting Haverhill, the team who replaced them in the bottom two, on Saturday (1pm), Hadleigh captain Ben Wallis is delighted to have a fully fit Tanner in his side.
“Kyle’s had a side strain which he’s been playing with since the start of the season,” Wallis said.
“He’s bowled some weeks but now he’s back to full fitness and he’s a key player for us.
“He was the leading wicket taker in Division One last season and it’s a big thing for us having him fully fit.
“Luke Istead, our overseas player, took two wickets on Saturday and with those two firing together I’m confident that we can stay in Division One.”
Haverhill took the honours when the two sides met in the reverse fixture back in April, with Hadleigh unable to fully recover after slumping to 6-4 during their innings.
Last weekend Hadleigh did not have to get out of second gear with the bat as, after skittling Copford for 68, they eased to victory at 74-1.
“We took a lot of confidence from Saturday,” Wallis said. “It was good to see our bowlers attack from the front and it is a good sign.
“This weekend is another massive game for us. We want to make sure the club remain in Division One next season.
“We had a long think after the game (against Haverhill) and we haven’t had a batting collapse like that since.
“We didn’t look too much into it and put it down to a bad day at the office, and we’re very confident that we can turn it round.”
Hadleigh (10th) are one point clear of the relegation zone heading into this weekend’s clash with Haverhill, who themselves will be hoping to end a run of seven games without a win.
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