HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK LEAGUE
Mildenhall 228-5 beat Haverhill 227-6 by five wickets
Dave Humphrey fell just two runs shy of a century as Haverhill were defeated by a strong Mildenhall XI to suffer their first defeat of the season.
Having won the toss Haverhill skipper Dan Pass chose to bat first in hot and sunny conditions on what looked to be a batsmen-friendly pitch.
Having started slowly openers Craig Williams and Pass soon found their feet and got the score ticking over.
Pass was the first wicket to fall for 19 with the score on 30 when having just hit a four and six in consecutive balls he took on mid off fielder Matt Allen and ran himself out.
Craig Williams departed soon after for 10, caught off the bowling of Jack Loveday with the score on 35.
It wasn’t the start Haverhill were hoping for or were expecting but Dave Humphrey and new signing Alex Burrows showed some stability to take the score onto 60 before Burrows was adjudged lbw for 14.
Ant Phillips then joined Humphrey at the crease looking to continue his run scoring form- but he was soon caught behind off the bowling of Joe Reed for nine with the score on 90.
This brought Josh Ruthven to the crease with Humphrey and the pair put on a 100 run fifth wicket partnership which took the Haverhill score past 200.
The pair were regularly hitting boundaries and punishing any poor bowling to ensure Haverhill finished with a good score.
Ruthven was eventually out for 57 bowled by Tom Allen trying to up the ante.
Humphrey then followed suit falling devastatingly short of a century on 98.
The fall of wickets towards the end off the innings gave Mildenhall the impetuous and restricted Haverhill to 227-5 which looked a below par score considering how batsmen friendly the conditions were.
Mildenhall’s batsmen showed no signs of taking their time to reach Haverhill’s score.
Openers Reed and Kyle Morrison punished any bad bowling and put the Haverhill bowlers to the sword.
Neither Dean Sharpe nor Will Bailey who opened the bowling for Haverhill could manage to find the breakthrough.
However, Sharpe was agonisingly close to having Morrison caught, but Ruthven couldn’t capitalise on the chance and Morrison was given a life.
It wasn’t to last long though as first change bowler Ben Shannon found the breakthrough having Morrison well caught behind by Humphrey for 33.
With the score on 90 though and the run rate ever increasing Mildenhall were in total command and it was a case of how many bonus points Haverhill could pick up.
Shannon was in the thick of the action again, bowling Reed for a devastating knock of 74 before bowling Steve Graham for 10, finishing with excellent figures of 3-38.
Ben Wilkins bowled tightly at the other end but couldn’t pick up a wicket, finishing with figures of 0-50 off 10.
With Mildenhall on 160-3 Ben Shepperson came to the crease looking to finish the game with a flourish of boundaries – he hit a quick fire 48 to take the game completely away from Haverhill.
Pass was the man to claim his wicket having him caught on the boundary by Burrows.
Phillips then chipped in with another wicket for Haverhill having Matt Allen stumped for 29 but it was all too late for Haverhill as Mildenhall won comfortably ending on 228-5 with seven overs to spare.
Haverhill host Walsham this Sunday hoping to bounce back from the defeat.