MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Coggeshall 189-7 beat Halstead 188-8 by three wickets
Halstead failed to register their first win since relegation in their third attempt, ahead of hosting early pacesetters Frinton on Saturday (1pm).
Batting first at fellow Essex side Coggeshall, they used up their allotted 50 overs, with Chris Rayner top scoring with 65.
He was ably supported by Tom Peacock (23) and Charlie Douglas-Hughes (37) at the top of the order.
Digby Harding (28) added runs in the tail as Halstead set 188-8.
Dean Feyneysey was in superb form in the Coggeshall reply, getting the ball to swing considerably.
He returned figures of 5-41 off 12 overs, but Halstead seemed to be a little short, with Coggeshall never straying far from the required rate.
An anchoring innings from Jimmy Rees (81no) saw them home with two overs to spare.
n In Division Three, Coggeshall II ran out victors by 76 runs at Star Stile, completing the double for Coggeshall sides on the day.
Batting first, they racked up the runs, with Lloyd Edwards (75), Ben Chaplin (49) and Charlie Green (41) leading the way, closing on 259-9.
This was despite the efforts of Simon Steel, who bowled 11 overs for just 34 runs, taking three wickets in the process.
In reply, a few Halstead batsmen got starts, but could not kick on to get the big scores they needed.
Ian Pont (36) and Brian Coleman (21) got the innings off to a decent start, but Halstead were always behind the rate.
David Baalham (30) and George Edwards (20no) added runs through the order, but Halstead fell 76 runs short, closing on 183-8.
n In Division Eight West, the third XI secured Halstead’s first Saturday win of the season, with a comprehensive 104-run victory over Lakenheath II.
Playing at home, Halstead’s David Rawlinson (47) scored well at the top of the order.
A mini wobble ensued prior to Ben Morris (86no) and Simon Rippingale (64no) coming to the crease.
Thirteen-year-old Morris scored his maiden senior half-century alongside stalwart Rippingale as Halstead closed on 263-4.
Lakenheath never really threatened in reply and lost early wickets to the bowling of Justin Rose (1-26) and Andrew Jones (3-52).
Tight bowling from Jones and Callum Hansey kept them well behind the rate, while young spinners Ben Roper (3-26) and Harry Pritchard (2-21) took the last five wickets quickly to give Halstead victory.
n On Sunday, Halstead advanced to the second round of the Piri Piri Knockout Cup with a seven-wicket win over Boxted.
Halstead bowlers George Edwards (2-17) and Sam Walter (2-30) returned good figures, but the pick was Freddie Preston, who took three wickets for zero runs off three overs.
Chasing a target of 137, Matt St John (21) made a good impression on debut, but with Halstead at 37-3, Matt Webb (55no) and Preston (48no) saw them home and booked a home fixture on June 2.
n Halstead finally recorded a victory in Piri Piri League, ending a run of 22 games without a win, when West Mersea visited on Bank Holiday Monday.
Goush Raviendran (39) and Chris Rayner (26) set the innings up nicely, before a middle-order wobble (92-7) was rectified by Digby Harding (87) and Joe Morris (25).
Halstead were bowled out for 209, with West Mersea’s reply starting off at a quick pace, before an excellent reaction catch by Mark Johnson off Rayner (1-24) got rid of Mills.
Dropped catches and other missed opportunities started to take the game away from Halstead, but Ben Morris (1-20) Ben Roper (1-11), Sam Walter (1-22) and Harding (3-25) turned the tide.
From there on, Mersea collapsed, Callum Hansey (2-12) cleaning up the tail.