MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO
IPSWICH & EAST SUFFOLK I v EXNING I
IPSWICH & EAST SUFFOLK I 198 FOR 7 EXNING I 189 ALL OUT
IPSWICH & EAST SUFFOLK I (20 pts) BEAT EXNING I (7 pts) BY 9 RUNS
A true final match, end of season affair, with nothing to play for – the hosts already relegated some weeks ago; the visitors safe having achieved three victories in a row.
Ipswich & East Suffolk batted first and although there were adequate double figure scores from the batsmen, led by Mike Worne (35) at the top of the order, it was down to a 5th wicket stand of 65 between two of Exning’s old adversaries, David Leach (51) and Derek Bloomfield (28), to add the impetus to the innings, which was then rounded off by Mark Sproates (20) and Nathan Pryke as they took the ‘teatime’ score to 198 for 7.
Daniel Baigent toiled away in two spells to be the pick of the bowlers taking 4 for 72, while Michael Griggs, Ian Starling and Simon Lawson grabbed one a-piece; the highlight being Griggs clean bowling Leach the very next ball after reaching his half-century.
The fielders stuck to their task on a rather unpredictable outfield, with Kent Tomsett taking two well-judged catches in the deep.
Exning’s reply was soon in trouble when Peter Woods was adjudged LBW to leave the score on 10 for 1, but fellow opener, Kent Tomsett, stood firm as stands of 46 with Tim Catley (21) and 52 with Simon Allen (17) took the score into three figures.
Four gloriously driven extra cover boundaries from Ben Readman (17) helped the score along, but as the overs began to run out, Tomsett began to tire with such a marathon innings from him, but more importantly, Sproates was well into a 15 over spell of tight line and length bowling which was proving difficult to score runs freely.
Alex Marshall (3 for 28) reaped the benefits of the pressure at the other end as the total reached 170 for 6, including the potential Exning match winner, Tomsett, for 80 hard earned runs.
Although Sproates was only rewarded with one wicket, Exning did not possess the middle/lower order fire-power of the hosts and although the visitors flattered to deceive towards the end, Nathan Pryke (4 for 44), returned to tidy up the innings to see Exning all out for 189, 9 runs short, with just one ball to spare.
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 8 WEST
EXNING II v WOOLPIT III
WOOLPIT III 198 ALL OUT EXNING II 173 ALL OUT
WOOLPIT III (20 pts) BEAT EXNING II (8 pts) BY 25 RUNS
The 2014 campaign came to a close at the Park for the 2nd XI and although it ended in a 25 run defeat to the runaway leaders, there was much achieved during the season as the Park side completed – and competed in – all their fixtures with no concessions, finishing in 7th spot. Not a world shattering end, but when one sees how the Club have managed to resurrect the 2nd XI from the ignominy of withdrawing from the League just two seasons ago, that is success in itself.
Woolpit took first knock with Gerry Artindale (15) and Adam Coombes putting together a solid 61 for the 1st wicket before Nicholas Lomas clean bowled Artindale in the 17th over. Charlie Rattley soon saw the end of Chris Daniel to take the score to 74 for 2 but Coombes and Ben Boyden (29) then added more substance to the innings with a 3rd wicket stand of 48 to take the score to 122 for 3 before Coombes became one of Oakley Colby’s victims as he was rewarded with 3 for 44.
The middle order led by Dan Green (16) and Harry Stevens (19), assisted by a useful extras total of 24, ensured that a challenging target of 198 was achieved, although Vince Colby (4 for 22) slowed the scoring to some extent and reaped the benefit of some late order flashing and swishing of the bat.
Exning’s reply was soon in trouble at 5 for 1 as Dan Green trapped Andrew Longfield LBW. However, the evergreen Philip King rolled back the years as he batted through 37 overs to hold the team together, and to give his side half a glimmer of an unexpected victory. Dreams only come to fruition at Christmas though!
Lomas (32) added to the confidence, but when he was bowled by Harry Stevens (2 for 51) the target became a long way off. After 10 delicately placed boundaries, King was finally caught off Chris Daniel (4 for 22) for 75 at 171 for 8, leaving Gavin Taylor (3 for 41) to usher the innings to a final total of 173 for an Exning defeat by 25 runs, but with still 6 overs in the bag if only the batsmen could have stuck at the crease.
HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK CRICKET LEAGUE DIVISION 2
HAVERHILL II v EXNING SUNDAY XI
HAVERHILL II 232 FOR 5 EXNING SUNDAY XI 152 FOR 8
HAVERHILL II (20 pts) BEAT EXNING SUNDAY XI (5 pts) BY 80 RUNS
In the Sunday XI’s final match of the season, a weakened Park side took on the Division 2 champions, with the expected result. The hosts were never really in the match as Josh Ruthven (54) and Jake Manning (29) rushed the Haverhill team off to 106 in just 23 overs before Kane Munday (3 for 58) saw the end of both openers to leave the hosts with some hope on 112 for 2.
However, some lusty blows from Charles Shannon (41) and Alex Archer (25) took the game well away from the home team, although James Turner did gain the wickets of both. Aided by a surfeit of wides in an extras total of 37, Haverhill were able to run up a total of 232 for 5 in their 40 overs to leave Exning facing a serious climb after the tea break.
And so it proved as the top order batsmen all managed to occupy the crease for a while, but led by a miserly 1 for 9 in 9 overs from Dan Poole, an array of Haverhill bowlers kept the lid on any free scoring with only newcomer, Kane Munday, keeping the score moving.
A laboured 25 from Simon Allen gave Munday a little help, as did 20 extras, but at the end of the day Munday’s unbeaten 76 could only get his team up to a 3rd batting bonus point as the overs ran out with Exning on 152 for 8; defeat by a convincing 80 runs.