Left-handed pairing help Halstead to secure victory
Halstead 151-2 beat Copford 147 by eight wickets
Halstead bounced back from their disappointing defeat against Haverhill last time out by recording a routine win over Copford on Saturday.
The result leaves Halstead tied fourth in the table on 79 points after their third win of the season.
Copford batted first and were in trouble quickly as a three-wicket burst from Harry Veal left them at 28-3.
Tom Sinclair and Tim Richards added 20 for the fourth wicket, but another three-wicket burst, this time for Josh Wells, left Copford reeling at 57-6.
Richards and Keith Sargeant shared a 60-run seventh-wicket stand that was only ended when the latter was run out after smart work from Charlie Douglas-Hughes.
Former Halstead man Mike Kettle (18no) helped tick the score along and saw Richards past his half-century, only to fall soon after for 54.
Copford pushed on towards 150, but two wickets in two balls from Chris Roper finished the innings off, Tom Helmer (4) was trapped LBW and Steve Moriarty (0) bowled as the visitors were all out for 147.
In reply, Douglas-Hughes (14) and Oli Grayson (18) both got starts, but fell in quick succession to Measor.
Larvet Masunda and Wells had swapped places in the batting order, but it made little difference as the left-handers set about stabilising the Halstead chase.
Masunda was more watchful, with Wells the aggressor as the pair ticked the score past 50 and then 100.
Wells brought up his first half-century of the season before the partnership was worth 100 runs, leaving Masunda to punch a ball for four to wrap up victory.
This weekend Halstead travel to Mistley.
n A weakened Halstead II fell to defeat at Mistley.
Batting first, the visitors closed on 157-9.
The home side made light work of the run chase, losing just one wicket along the way.
n Simon Rippingale’s knock of 70 could not stop Halstead III from losing by seven wickets to Sudbury III.
Halstead were bowled out for 174, which Sudbury reached with relative ease thanks to Will Amos’s score of 84.
n Halstead Sunday team put down eight catches as they lost to Cavaliers.
The hosts put 222-4 on the board, with Halstead falling 87 runs short of that target.
n The annual Halstead Beer Festival will take place this Bank Holiday weekend, with the second, third and Sunday teams all due to be in action.
Kwik cricket will also be played on Friday, starting at 6pm.