MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO
EXNING I v HAVERHILL I
EXNING I 178 for 7 HAVERHILL I 180 for 4
HAVERHILL I (18 POINTS) beat EXNING I (6 POINTS) by 6 WICKETS
Exning’s weakened and ‘patched up’ side were no match for a strong, youthful and confident Haverhill side, obviously smarting from the ignominy of relegation from Division 1, and solely intent on returning to the higher grade as soon as possible.
The Park side chose to bat on winning the toss, but Dan Poole (1 for 19) soon claimed the first wicket and when skipper, Joe Woodley (3 for 56), saw the end of Ben Atkinson (22) and Simon Allen, the innings was in some disarray at 42 for 3 in the 11th over. Despite being far from mobile suffering from a strained back, Tim Catley (29) stuck at the crease while Daniel Baigent (60) played one of his more fluent innings at the Park, as he stroked 9 boundaries putting on a valuable 68 for the 4th wicket.
Oakley Colby helped Baigent move the score up to 140, before Baigent was adjudged LBW to Callum Brunning (1 for 37), leaving the lower order to ‘man the barricades’ for the final overs as Adam Newbury (17 no) and Matt Lister (15) saw the total up to 178 for 7 to earn the Park side their 4th batting point. Dan Pass was the other Haverhill wicket taker, restricting the run scoring in a 14 over spell of 2 for 46.
Teatime came and went, with Sam Powell and Sam Hartshorn(20) showing their intend afterwards as a string of early boundaries saw runs being score with a degree of ease. Catley managed to cling on to a catch off the bowling of Ian Starling (1 for 40) to see the end of Hartshorn, but with an entertaining innings of 66, including 8 boundaries and 4 sixes, Powell, in partnership with Josh Ruthven (35), put together a 2nd wicket stand of 75 in just 12 overs to take the score to 121 for 2.
Damage limitation was then the order of the day for Exning, but slow left armer, Adam Newbury (2 for 26), offered a glimmer of hope when he saw the end of both batsmen at 134 for 3. However, while Simon Lawson (1 for 50), dismissed Dan Poole, clean bowled, Adam Dellar (32 no) gave a cameo of his silky batting skills as he took his team to a comprehensive 6 wicket victory with over 16 overs to spare.
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 8 WEST
NOWTON II v EXNING II
EXNING II (0 POINTS) CONCEDED TO NOWTON II (20 POINTS)
With only 7 players available, including 4 inexperienced 13/14 year olds, Exning had no alternative but to concede their Division 8 West game to Nowton II, with the hope that ‘availabilty’ will be more forthcoming next weekend. The signs are not promising though, with Newmarket racing on Saturday!
HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 1
ROUGHAM v EXNING SUNDAY IX
EXNING SUNDAY XI 87 all out ROUGHAM 88 for 3
ROUGHAM (20 POINTS) beat EXNING SUNDAY XI (1 POINT) by 7 WICKETS
On a pitch that was soaked following overnight and early morning rain, Exning were asked to bat first and although the senior batsmen in the shape of Daniel Baigent (21), Simon Allen (20) and Ben Readman (18), all looked promising, they were eventually undone by the slowness of the surface.
Baigent and James Turner managed to post up 30 runs before the first wicket fell to Ian Firth (1 for 29), while fellow opening bowler, Matt Griffith (2 for 32), ushered the score to 52 for 3. After that, the wiles of the slow bowlers, Andy Norburn (5 for 13) and Alex Scott Ruddock (2 for 12), caused undue problems, especially amongst the young and inexperienced middle and lower order, as the innings subsided to 87 all out with still 12 overs to spare.
Simon Allen (1 for 18) gave the visitors a little hope as Baigent clung on to a chance from Sam Hurst to grab the 1st wicket with only 3 on the board, but skipper, James Firth, was particularly brutal on all the bowling on offer, until he was somewhat surprisingly dismissed just one run short of his half century when Allen returned the compliment to Baigent (1 for 6), to take the score to 78 for 2.
There was just time for newcomer, Ian Young (1 for 6), to collect his debut wicket for the Park Sunday side when he saw the end of Mark Barrett for 22, but a boundary from Scott Ruddock, together with a couple of wayward wides, took the hosts over the finishing line on 88 for 3 to give the visitors a comprehensive defeat by 7 wickets.