Haverhill show their fighting qualities in yet another tight finish

Haverhill all-rounder Josh Ruthven's unbeaten 44 proved critical as they won at Mistley by one wicket
Haverhill all-rounder Josh Ruthven's unbeaten 44 proved critical as they won at Mistley by one wicket
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Haverhill sealed a nail-biting one wicket victory over their hosts Mistley - the third week in a row they have been involved in a tense finish to a match.

Number 11, Callum Brunning clipped a half volley from Mistley skipper Daniel Goff to the boundary to take Haverhill over the line with 2.3 overs to spare and give them a third win in their last four matches in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One.

Haverhill were left needing 171 for victory after bowling out Mistley for 170.

Will Bailey (7-1-37-4) removed three of the top four, with Chris Palmer (10-2-27-2) taking the big wicket of South African Jarryd Walsh, caught by James Smith at square leg for 31.

Off spinner Brunning also shone, claiming 3-15 off ten overs.

Haverhill’s reply got off to its customary solid start before Dan Pass (14) fell with the score at 30.

Wickets fell too regularly though and once opener Ant Phillips’s impressive knock of 57 was ended by Jason Pembroke (8-1-35-2) with the score on 123-6, Haverhill’s chances of winning appeared to be fading.

Eighteen-year-old Josh Ruthven had other ideas however, and his unbeaten 44 laid the foundations for the win, even if the killer blow was struck by Brunning.

•In Division Three, Haverhill’s run of three straight victories came to an end with a seven wicket defeat at home to Tuddenham.

A number of Haverhill batsmen got good starts in their innings of 175 all out as Liam Botten (20), Carl Bradford (28), Rob Dovaston (23), Joey Kettle (28), Lee Phillips (20) all got in but failed to push on and make it count more.

After Andy Argent (8-2-23-2) removed both Tuddenham openers, brothers Richard (64) and David Cross (62 not out) showed how to make the most of a good start and took their team to their victory target.