Haverhill II 120-7 beat
Mistley II 118-8
by three wickets
Haverhill II continued their good form with a three-wicket victory against Mistley at the weekend.
Home skipper Greg Street lost the toss and was asked to bowl first, although the wicket looked in good shape and the cold and overcast conditions looked bowler friendly.
The Mistley openers Graeme Butcher and Gary Stevens got off to a steady start and had moved the score along to 47 without loss in the 17th over.
Haverhill took their first wicket courtesy of Russ Davis (2-32) who clean bowled the useful Butcher for 26.
This brought the in-form Australian Kyle Branscombe to the crease and he immediately showed his class, dispatching a good length delivery to the leg side boundary.
Luckily an extra yard of pace from a Davis delivery did the trick and clean bowled the danger man for just 14, in what was the turning point in the game.
Shortly afterwards Harry Harding’s second over saw him clean bowl Mistley captain Stevens (21).
With the visitors at 62-3 in the 25th over, Haverhill turned the screw as Martyn Wilkins (1-24) and Harding (4-19) bowled brilliantly in tandem to restrict Mistley’s final total to 118-8.
In response, the home side’s run chase began steadily at 26-0 in the ninth over before opener Carl Bradford (six) was bowled.
Sam Hartshorn (26) was then clean bowled, with Liam Savage (eight) following soon after to leave Haverhill at 43-3.
Rob Dovaston and the hard-hitting Davis joined forces and moved the score quickly to 84-3 from 21 overs, and despite the latter departing for 28 and three more wickets falling, the hosts got over the line.
Dovaston (37 not out) and Phil Dingley (nine no) put together a little partnership to see Haverhill to their third straight win, with the run chase complete in the 33rd over with three wickets to spare.