lost to Hadleigh 176-1
by nine wickets
Hadleigh captain Josh Davey lavished praise on the returning Kalpesh Ellis as his century helped record an emphatic league double over Halstead.
Ellis, returning from an injury spell, showed no rustiness as he lofted the ball around the boundaries of Star Stile, hitting 138no as Halstead’s total of 172 was easily passed.
Their fourth straight victory has lifted newly-promoted Hadleigh to fourth place in the table, to the delight of their captain.
Davey said: “What a way to start the second round of games — beautiful sunshine and a convincing win.
“We responded fantastically well to losing the toss and having to bowl first in very batsman-friendly conditions.
“Paul Budd bowled a tremendous tight spell of leg spin bowling and took crucial wickets.
“In reply, Kalpesh’s innings was unbelievable; he is such a phenomenal talent and it was great to see him show everyone what he can do up the order.”
Having won the toss and electing to bat, Halstead soon found themselves in trouble.
Hadleigh reduced the hosts to 58-5, with Matt Wareing (2-34) and Budd (3-41) doing the damage.
Chris Rayner (48) rebuilt Halstead’s innings, to an extent where they had a total to bowl at.
Digby Harding (20) and Alec Pyman (16no) sticking around with him, on top of 30 extras meant Halstead closed on 172-9.
Marlon Dias (8) was trapped lbw early on by Paul Harris.
A prior engagement meant Ellis (138no) had to leave early so was promoted to opening.
He proceeded to bludgeon the Halstead attack, with Luke Ibbs (19no) merely needing to rotate the strike.
n Halstead’s second XI were on the wrong side of an eight-wicket defeat at Kelvedon in Division Three.
Batting first, they were reduced to 17-3, before Tristan Blackledge (52), Simon Steel (29) and David Baalham (24) helped them to a below-par 158 all out.
Stuart Warner (70) and Josh Parsons (45no) were not troubled in their reply as Halstead’s bowlers could not make inroads, ultimately being beaten with plenty of time to spare.
n In Division Eight West, Halstead III’s captain Simon Rippingale (45no) was left stranded as his side fell to a disappointing five-wicket defeat at Lakenheath.
Justin Rose (35) and Brian Coleman (23) got the innings off to a good start, but only Rippingale fired as Halstead made 177-8.
Mark Harris was the star with the ball, but his 5-40 was in vain as Lakenheath edged home with three-and-a-half overs to spare, Mark Milner (61) doing the damage.