MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Halstead 114 lost to
by three wickets
In a spirited defeat, batting again proved the problem and with a team including 14-year-old debutant Ben Morris, Halstead had it all to do.
Mistley bowled economically early on, giving the batsmen little to hit as scoring was slow.
Ed Merry (10) was the first to go, one of four victims for Mistley opener Kyran Young (4-32).
Graham Wickes (16) tried to tick along the score, but Halstead soon found themselves at 56-5.
Mark Johnson (36), Digby Harding (15) and Joe Morris (10) added a bit of respectability to the score, but Halstead were all out for a well-below-par 114.
The Halstead bowlers went about their task admirably,Dean Feneysey (2-23) getting them off to a great start by reducing Mistley to 19-2.
Mistley moved on to 71-3, with victory looking a formality, but the leg-spin of Andrew Charlton, who picked up four wickets for 19 runs reduced the opposition to 89-7, but Daniel Goff (38no) stood firm to carry Mistley home.
Sudbury II 253-7 beat Halstead II 92 by 162 runs
The second XI were comprehensively beaten in the short trip to Friars Street to face their Sudbury counterparts.
A belligerent unbeaten ton from Matt Pears (116 no), supported by Kenny Moulton-Day (41) meant Sudbury set 253-7 on the small pitch, Dhruv Singh (4-43) bowling particularly well.
Halstead lost wickets quickly in their reply, with only three batsmen reaching double figures, Jarred Opperman (21no) top scoring. Adi Dehage (5-50) did the damage as Halstead’s fight against relegation continues.
DIVISION EIGHT WEST
Halstead III 291-7 beat Stowmarket II 205-9
by 86 runs
Halstead’s capped off their season with a high-scoring victory over bottom-placed Stowmarket II.
Scoring quickly from the start, all of Halstead’s top five made more than 25, with Andy Rose (107) and Harry Pritchard (50) the pick of the batsmen. The pair put on 144 for the third wicket as Halstead reached 291-7.
Only five Stowmarket batsmen reached double figures, with Richard King (69) leading from the front.
A typically tight spell from Andrew Jones (1-27), along with an impressive show from Mark Harris (4-62), meant Stowmarket were never in the chase.