MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Witham 134-0 beat
Halstead 133 by 10 wickets
Witham inflicted a crushing ten-wicket defeat on Halstead as ten players contributed just 52 runs between them at Maldon Road.
Charlie Douglas-Hughes’ continuation of a fine run with the bat was the only bright spot on an otherwise testing day for the young side, beaten for the third time in four starts.
Early losses of Dylan Verreynne (2) and Josh Wells (3) were not recovered from as only three Halstead batsmen passed double figures.
Witham’s overseas player Sam Cooper took three wickets at the top of the innings, bowling Verreynne and Mark Johnson (4) as well as having Harry Veal (3) caught.
Goush Raviendran (11) hit one six but was the first of four Jack Sambrook victims.
Douglas-Hughes scored 50 of his 73 runs in boundaries, but was eventually bowled by Simon Jones.
Chris Rayner (19) fell in the same fashion, but was the last to make double figures as Halstead were skittled for 133.
Jake Wakelin launched an onslaught from the start, plundering runs from the Halstead attack. The innings was not without luck, but Kaan Hawes (21 no) only had to play a supporting role as Wakelin hit 13 fours and four sixes on his way to an unbeaten 101.
n Ian Pont scored his first half-century of the season, with 73 at the top of the order for Halstead II against Witham II in Division Four. The former Essex man struck 11 fours in an innings where wickets fell around him.
Justin Rose (17) and Andy Rose (37) added runs through the middle order, whilst contributions late on from Dave Brooker (15), Chris Roper (14 no) and Robert Harris (13 no) would prove vital as Halstead ended on 196-8.
Witham were always chasing the game, despite contributions throughout the order, Charles Spence getting 56, but they ended on 188-9, eight runs shy, as wickets fell regularly.
Roper was the pick of the bowlers with 5-58, his second five-wicket haul of the year as Halstead maintained their winning start to the season.
n Mark Surridge and Taylor Nicholson were the big contributors with the bat as Halstead III ran up 263-5 against Witham IIIto remain unbeaten in Division Eight South.
Surridge batted through, hitting 19 fours and five sixes in a career best 149 not out. He added 191 for the second wicket with Nicholson as the youngster made 75, his best score for Halstead.
Andrew Jones (3-20) and Callum Hansey (3-7) gave Witham’s openers little room and a run out from Ben Morris reduced the visitors to 31-7.
Liam Jones (2-10) collected the last two wickets to complete a 199-run win.