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Halstead on the wrong end of some late derby drama

SHORT FALL: Oli Grayson's knock of 92 was not enough to help Halstead claim victory over local rivals Haverhill.
SHORT FALL: Oli Grayson's knock of 92 was not enough to help Halstead claim victory over local rivals Haverhill.




Halstead 240 lost to

Haverhill 241-8 by

two wickets

Halstead were narrowly beaten on Saturday by local rivals Haverhill in an encounter that went down to the penultimate ball.

Batting first, Charlie Douglas-Hughes and Oli Grayson got the hosts off to a good a start by putting on 65 for the first wicket.

Douglas-Hughes was the man out for 29, hitting five fours before being bowled by Wilkins, bringing skipper Josh Wells to the crease.

Wells and Grayson added a further 47 runs for the second wicket before the former was caught by Kettle off of Wilkins for 22, an innings with just the two boundaries.

Grayson passed his half-century batting with Larvet Masunda, who hit two fours, but the Zimbabwean soon became Wilkins’ third victim.

However, The Halstead middle-order once again struggled as Mark Johnson (3), Goush Raviendran (4) and Chris Rayner (3) did not make an impact, Harry Veal’s 20 the only score of note.

Meanwhile, Grayson moved toward a maiden Halstead ton, but missed a straight delivery from Pass to end his vigil for 92.

The Haverhill reply was measured, with some sloppy ground fielding ensuring that most visiting players got starts.

It seemed that the away side were cruising for victory until three wickets in an over from Joe Morris set up a tense finish.

But, Wilkins (six no) and Bailey (eight no) did not let the occasion get the better of them and guided their side home.

n Gary Dicker’s tenure as captain of Halstead II got off to a winning start over Brightlingsea.

An unbeaten 58 from Cath Dalton helped do much of the damage as the second string made light work of their 148 victory target, reaching it for the loss of only three wickets.

n There was not such positive news for Halstead III, though, as they slipped to a 86-run defeat at the hands of Tendring.

Chasing a 255 victory, Halstead never really looked like making a contest of it.

Callum Hansey was the top scorer thanks to his knock of 37 runs before he was clean bowled.

n Thirteen-year-old Sam Paisley helped Halstead NECL to wrap up six-wicket win away at Kelvedon on Sunday.

Kelvedon skipper Tom Potter (82) and Ed King (36) were thorns in the Halstead side as they added 50 for the fifth wicket, helping the hosts post 170-7 from their 40 overs.

The highlight for Halstead was youngster Paisley, who snared three wickets.

In reply, opener Harry Veal’s 45 helped the away side to get over the line with plenty to spare.

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