MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
DIVISION EIGHT WEST
Worlington II 218 lost to Haverhill III 234-3 by 16 runs
Greg Street’s unbeaten 129 was pivotal to Haverhill claiming an unlikely victory to end the season on a high in Jon Watkins final match as skipper.
Watkins lost the toss and was asked to bat on a great looking wicket.
Openers Greg Street and his son Sam got off to a slow start against some very accurate bowling with both swing and movement off the pitch.
The loss of Sam (2) in the tenth over brought Michael Rinaldi to the crease and gradually Haverhill began to get to grips with the bowling attack, moving along to 75 after 23 overs.
Rinaldi departed for 28 but some quality hitting and excellent running between Craig Williams (21) and Street moved the score along to 126 with 12 overs remaining.
Street was joined by Joey Kettle and they set about hitting the Worlington attack to all parts of the ground.
The final 12 overs saw Street reach an unbeaten 129 and Joey Kettle scoring 35no, as they moved Haverhill onto a slightly above par score of 234-3.
With Worlington still looking to finish second in the league, the Haverhill bowlers set about trying to make early inroads.
Great bowling by Joey Kettle (15-1-73-5) saw him take the wickets of the top four batsmen and with it Haverhill’s hopes of victory grew.
Further positive contributions by 15 year-olds Will Bailey (15-1-64-2) and Ben Shannon (5-0-25-1) put further pressure on the batting side.
Great catches by Greg Street and keeper Phil Dingley off the bowling of Sam Street left Worlington needing 25 with one wicket remaining.
Victory was ensured when 14 year-old Tom Baker bowled a sensational delivery to remove the stumps of the dangerous Lister.
After the victory Watkins said: “It was thrilling to record a victory in my last game as captain, but just as important was the manner of the victory.
“Everybody played their part, as they have all season, and a great team victory was deserved.
“However, today’s victory was helped hugely by Greg’s magnificent innings and Joey’s superb bowling.
“I also want to say a big thank you to all the players that I have captained over the last three years.
“It has been a pleasure and an honour to have played with each and every one of them.”