Relegation certain for hapless Halstead

Halstead 127 lost to Swardeston 128-4 by six wickets

HALSTEAD’S spell in the East Anglian Premier League looks to have ended with their six-wicket defeat to title-chasing Swardeston.

The Star Stile outfit now cannot escape from the relegation spot.

Halstead were asked to bat first and Will Clark (12) and Andy Charlton (9) attempted to see off the new ball bowlers.

The pair scored slowly but occupied the crease before they both fell in quick succession, the left arm spin of George Walker accounting for both.

Josh Wells (63) produced a fine innings of resistance, but had no real support from the other batsman, as Clark was the only one to reach double figures.

Dan Sincuba (9), Freddie Preston (9), Tom Philp (4) and Chris Rayner (0) all fell before Wells’ half-century.

He passed this mark prior to Halstead again collapsing, the wickets of Adam Morris (7), Sam Walter (4), Wells and Hansey (0) all falling for just seven runs.

The threat of rain, that had already caused the start of the match to be delayed, was enough to see Swardeston attack from the outset. Something which saw Sincuba, bowling pace, take the wicket of Sims with his first legitimate delivery.

Parlane (34) and Gray (38) put on 71 for the second wicket before Swardeston had their own mini-collapse, falling from 72-1 to 81-4, with two wickets for Sincuba and then one for Rayner.

However, it was too little too late and Swardeston romped home to victory.