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Hadleigh’s struggles go on after defeat to Coggeshall

AWAY DEFEAT: Daniel Shanks bowls during Hadleigh Sunday's 100-run defeat away at Haverhill at the weekend
AWAY DEFEAT: Daniel Shanks bowls during Hadleigh Sunday's 100-run defeat away at Haverhill at the weekend





Hadleigh 174 lost to

Coggeshall 178-6

by four wickets

Hadleigh remain entrenched in the Division One bottom three after losing by four wickets against Coggeshall at the weekend.

In a match reduced to 40 overs per side due to rain, Hadleigh posted 174, with Marlon Dias top scoring for the hosts with 46 runs.

Hadleigh made the worst possible start with the bat when opener Tim Rix was dismissed for just one run, before fellow opener Tom Piddington (36) and Dain Moreton got Hadleigh to 43-1.

When Dias departed the home side stood at 120-5, with Mark Wallis and Ben Simmonds both adding 18 runs each before departing.

Hadleigh finished all out for 174, but made a good start with the ball as Kyle Tanner dismissed both Coggeshall openers to leave the visitors at 38-2.

However Coggeshall’s Olly Blackwell (39) and Jimmy Rees (27) took control of the game with a third wicket stand of 88.

Tanner (4-31) took his third wicket of the game after Simmonds caught Blackwell to reduce the visitors to 126-3.

Hadleigh claimed three more wickets while Coggeshall were on 126 to give them hope, but loose bowling thereafter proved costly.

An unbeaten seventh wicket partnership of 52 between Will Blackwell (28 not out) and Robert Cross (21 no) guided the Essex side to victory.

n It was a very different story for Hadleigh II who bowled St Margarets all out for a paltry 36 runs on route to an emphatic 10 wicket victory in Division Four.

Michael Howe (6-9) took six wickets, with Daniel Shanks (2-15) and Blake Ambrose (2-5) taking the others for Hadleigh.

n Long Melford secured back-to-back wins in Division Two edging a dramatic clash at winless Kelvedon and Feering.

With the match reduced to 40 overs per side because of a delayed start for rain, Melford put Kelvedon into bat.

Gareth Boon (3-36) took the first of his three wickets to trap Oliver Parsons for lbw, before dismissing Tim Smith and Iain Stobbs to leave the visitors at 31-3.

Tom Barnard claimed the vital wicket of Pat Ahearn (56) to bring a stop to Kelvedon’s resurgence, before chalking up four more wickets to finish with figures of 5-35 and bowl the visitors all out for 145.

Melford began the run chase poorly as early wickets left them at 47-4, before Jason Wade and Dale Brett put together a partnership of 52.

Boon and James French needed nine runs from the last four but came unstuck when Kelvedon bowled Boon out.

Chris Cleverley entered the field as Melford got the runs required with a wicket to spare.

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