Haverhill 131 lost to
by 142 runs
Haverhill slumped to a second heavy defeat in a row as they were comfortably beaten by 142 runs by Coggeshall at Manor Road on Saturday.
On an overcast afternoon, with the wicket appearing slightly soft and the outfield damp, one could forgive Haverhill for being excited at winning the toss.
The hosts immediately elected to bowl first and the conditions were strongly in their favour, as they looked to put Coggeshall to the sword early on.
However, Haverhill started poorly with the ball and visiting openers Rob Jagger and Lloyd Edwards took advantage, racing to 40 without loss.
Chris Palmer (1-14) managed to peg Coggeshall back by having Edwards (21) caught behind superbly down the legside by David Humphrey.
Palmer continued to bowl with control and discipline, so it was to Haverhill’s detriment when he had to stop due to a pulled hamstring.
Dan Poole (1-44) was brought into the fray to replace the unusually wayward Will Bailey (1-37) and almost immediately had Jagger (27) out for LBW, bringing the hosts back into the game.
Haverhill looked to take control but Scotland international Matt Cross came to the crease, and showed his class throughout with a knock of 72.
With Cross assisted by Jimmy Rees (62), soon Coggeshall had moved onto 177-3.
Dan Pass (3-77) took three crucial wickets, including the wicket of Cross, and Anthony Phillips (1-43) removed Rees, as Haverhill pulled themselves back into the game by reducing the visitors to 229-7.
But thanks to some power hitting in the tail, especially from Robert Cross’ quick fire 24, Coggeshall smashed over 50 runs from the last five overs to close their innings on 273-8.
With the Essex side reaching such a good score in difficult batting conditions, it was going to take a monumental effort for Haverhill to win.
And their chances of victory were obliterated when their top three were blown away in the first five overs to leave them at 15-3. Humphrey (11) and Adam Dellar (44) brought some brief respite for the hosts with a 51 partnership, before the former was adjudged LBW to Liam O’Connor (3-31).
This sparked another collapse as Alex Burrows was bowled by O’Connor two balls later and Dellar chipped back a simple caught and bowled to Kane Addison (2-20).
Late contributions from Poole (21), Ben Wilkins (13) and Joey Kettle (13 not out) helped Haverhill scrape their way past the 125 run mark for their second batting point, but when Bailey was bowled it wrapped up a miserable day.
Haverhill (sixth) next face a trip to ninth place Worlington on Saturday (1pm).