MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 2
SUDBURY II v EXNING I
SUDBURY II 188 FOR 6 EXNING I 190 FOR 1
EXNING I (18 POINTS) BEAT SUDBURY II (4 POINTS) BY 9 WICKETS
In view of both teams being positioned at the nether end of Division 2, there was some urgency to ‘get the game on’, despite the effects on the pitch of the steady rain during Friday and continuing over night until early Saturday morning.
The hosts won the toss and with the benefit of ‘local knowledge’, chose to bat first on the basis that they would be able to set up a defendable total, then pick off the visitor’s batsmen as they chased the target.
Whether 188 for 6 after 45 overs was a defendable target was open for discussion, but Exning were quite happy with the work of the trio of Lawsons as they restricted the run scoring on Sudbury’s relatively short boundaries.
A solid opening partnership of 79 between Peter Siegert (25) and Jay Phillips (53) took 25 overs to compile, and although Phillips stroked nine boundaries and a 6, they were never much ahead of a rate of 3 runs an over. Simon Lawson (1 for 65) snapped up the 1st wicket, Siegert caught and bowled, while Ollie Lawson (3 for 48) soon grabbed the 2nd wicket on 81, when Jack Backler was palpably LBW, playing back to a ball that kept relatively low.
The ‘heavy’ bat of Steve Witham (29), in partnership with Phillips, then threatened to take the score away from the visitors, but Ollie Lawson first had Phillips well caught in the deep by Daniel Baigent – 112 for 3, then Witham played all round a slower ball from Lawson to be clean bowled – 129 for 4.
With only 11 overs remaining, Will Shropshire (31 not out) gave some urgency to the proceedings as he and Ben Taylor (25) added 48 for the 5th wicket with a concoction of sharp running and the occasional boundary. But then it was the turn of the 3rd Lawson, fast left armer Seb, to take a hold of the proceedings.
In only his 2nd match since returning from boarding school, he worked up a pace certainly some 2/3 yards faster than last season, and with a few inches of extra height to go with it, his pace was discomforting for the batsmen. He saw the end of Taylor, caught quite deftly by Simon Lawson and then clattered into the middle stump of Adam Clark as the innings closed on 188 for 6; Seb Lawson with figures of 2 for 34.
In Exning’s reply, an opening maiden from Sudbury’s Brad Richardson, did not give any indication of the opening pair’s fireworks to follow. Ben Atkinson’s prowess as a big hitting batsman are well know throughout the West Suffolk locality, but for Daniel Baigent to match, and at times, outscore him, was quite a revelation.
An opening partnership of 114 in just 15 overs gave an indication of the batsmen’s superiority as the bowlers attempted to rein in the scoring rate. Atkinson was finally caught by Andy Simmons off the bowling of Jack Backler (1 for 37) for 58 including six 4’s and four 6’s. He had offered a couple of earlier chances during his innings, but his destructive way of batting put the ball firmly in the visitor’s court.
Tim Catley entered the fray and initially, stood on ‘sentry duty’ as Baigent continued to stroke the ball around the field. Baigent went past his half-century and when Catley got himself accustomed to the pace of the pitch, he joined in the fun and frolics, matching Baigent run for run as they proceeded, inexorably, towards the winning target.
A sweetly struck 6 from Catley took him to 38 not out, then in the very next over, the 28th, Baigent smote the 2nd ball for his second 6 of the day, which together with 11 fours, left him on an unbeaten 82, as Exning reached 190 for 1 and victory by 9 wickets.
If Exning can keep this team together for the rest of the season, then survival in Division 2 should be achieved, but ‘availability’ has been their problem all season and their future will depend on that up until the final match of the campaign.
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 8 WEST
EXNING II v STRADBROKE
EXNING II 263 ALL OUT STRADBROKE 136 ALL OUT
EXNING II (20 POINTS) BEAT STRADBROKE (7 POINTS) BY 127 RUNS
On the Exning Park pitch, surprisingly dry and playable after 24 hours of steady rain, the home team won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first with the contrasting styles of Andrew Longfield and Oakley Colby opening up for the hosts.
Two boundaries clubbed by Longfield in the first over bowled by Billy Freeman, set the trend for the rest of the 45 overs, with Stradbroke’s ability to stem the run flow not being helped by only having 10 players.
Colby picked off boundaries regularly to ensure that his partner wasn’t having to do all the work as the score built up at a consistent rate of 5 runs an over.
Longfield’s 10th boundary brought up the 100 partnership in the 21st over, but he succumbed to the bowling of Freeman the very next ball for a rumbustuous 58. Freeman withdrew from the attack with 1 for 53; his place being taken by James Gilbee, but the runs continued to flow although Gilbee was rewarded with the wicket of Kris Judge (14) to take the score to 141 for 2.
Father, Vince Colby, and son, Oakley, then upped the rate with a 3rd wicket stand of 71 in just 9 overs, before Colby Junior was caught off the bowling of Brett Cotton for an entertaining 89, while the same bowler saw the end of Father Colby for a brisk 44 to take the score to 232 for 5 by the end of the 41st over.
There then followed the usual clatter of wickets as the lower order took risks chasing further runs in the final overs, with the innings closing on 263 all out and still 3 balls to spare. The bowlers persevered and were rewarded with the full 5 bonus points for taking all 10 wickets as Ian Cattermole took 2 for 59, Gilbee 4 for 83 and Cotton 2 for 59, as well as Freeman with his wicket earlier on.
Stradbroke commenced their attack on the required ‘runs mountain’ against the youthful opening pair of Hayden MacKenzie and Alfie Young. Young (1 for 19) soon grabbed the first wicket with the score on only 7, and although the runs didn’t flow in any copious fashion, Mike Hugman (21) in partnership with James Webster, managed to add 39 runs before Max Flintoft (also 1 for 19) saw the end of Hugman.
Oakley Colby then destroyed any thoughts the visitors might have had about getting to the ‘foothills’ of the 263 target, when in 2 overs he claimed 3 for 3, clean bowling the middle order of skipper, Ben Flatt, Alan Munday and Surjay Rughani, guiding the score to 70 for 5.
Josh King (2 for 22) entered the fray to grab the next wicket on 84 for 6, but Webster (45) and Ian Cattermole (26) pieced together Stradbroke’s highest stand of the day, 41, before Webster was run out by Vince Colby just 5 runs short of a deserved half-century.
Reuben Handy (1 for 44) finally saw the end of Cattermole after taking a little ‘stick’ and when Alfie Young hung on to a catch offered by Billy Freeman off the bowling of King, the 10 men tailed off on 136 to leave the hosts with a 127 run victory.
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO
EXNING I v BRAINTREE I
BRAINTREE I 228 FOR 7 EXNING I 217 FOR 7
BRAINTREE I (18 POINTS) BEAT EXNING I (8 POINTS) BY 11 RUNS
Braintree chose to bat first on another pleasantly sunny afternoon and after 4 overs of sizing up the pitch and the bowling attack of Daniel Baigent and Ian Starling, the Essex side’s Australian import, Lachlan Ford, reeled off a quartet of boundaries in Baigent’s 3rd over to get the scoreboard moving along.
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO
HAVERHILL I v EXNING I
EXNING I 147 ALL OUT HAVERHILL I 148 FOR 3
HAVERHILL I (20 POINTS) BEAT EXNING I (3 POINTS) BY 7 WICKETS
After the euphoria of two successive wins, Exning came down to earth on Saturday when they took the short trip to Haverhill and came up against a younger, better equipped team, resulting in defeat by 7 wickets.