MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE
Witham 284-3 beat Hadleigh 283-9 by seven wickets
Hadleigh lost a high-scoring encounter at title contenders Witham on Saturday, to slip back into the Division One relegation zone.
After the early losses of Marlon Dias and Ben Parker and a useful contribution from Dain Moreton (29), Tom Piddington and Josh Davey batted well together and took the score to over 200 before Piddington fell for 81, including three sixes and ten fours.
Davey made 52 while useful contributions from Mark Simmonds, Dominic Manthorpe and Kyle Tanner kept the momentum going.
Hadleigh started brightly with the ball with the early dismissals of the dangerous Wakelin and Hawes, but a third-wicket stand of 136 between Cooper and Jones swung the game Witham’s way.
No Hadleigh bowler could stem the flow of runs, and once Handley had Jones caught behind for 54, that brought Suett to the crease, who dominated an unbroken partnership of 80. Cooper brought up his century as Witham reached their target with two overs in hand.
It was another creditable performance from Ben Wallis’s side, who face another daunting test this weekend when they take on championship favourites Sudbury.
n Hadleigh II’s recent winning streak came to an end, also against Witham, and in another high-scoring affair. Witham II racked up 258-5, and Ryan Phillips’s side fell short by 28 runs.
The irrepressible Marc Lloyd maintained his average by hitting 87, 70 of which came in boundaries, but only Callum Morrin with 46 and Arran Tampion (34no) were able to offer him support. Hadleigh now lie in third place.
n On Sunday Dain Moreton hit 122, his first century for the club, as Hadleigh’s Sunday 1st XI beat Brockley by 136 runs, while the Sunday 2nd XI were edged out by 29 runs at Lavenham, with Steven Tampion scoring 75 and Peter Tampion 44.