Teenagers shine in welcome Haverhill II victory

Haverhill bowler Harry Harding in action ANL-150531-144631009
Haverhill bowler Harry Harding in action ANL-150531-144631009
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Haverhill II got back on track after a string of defeats in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three with a 36 runs victory over bottom club Brightlingsea.

The day started well with skipper Greg Street winning the toss and electing to bat first. Good performances by the top order batsmen, Lee Phillips (52), Liam Savage (34) and Liam Botten (68) set the foundations for a competitive total.

Although the Haverhill innings lacked any real momentum at the death the home side still finished their innings on 206-9.

The Brightlingsea reply got off to a shaky start when Joe Woodley (4-0-17-1) ripped out the opener’s off stump in his first over.

Some tight bowling by the 15-year-old debutant Marcus Richards (7.1-2-14-2) set the right tone and further contributions by Joey Kettle (8-1-27-1), Martyn Wilkins (8-0-37-1) and 15-year-old Harry Harding (14-0-45-3) restricted the Brightlingsea batsmen.

The opposition never really got ahead of the required run rate and in the end Haverhill ran out comfortable winners by 36 runs.

Skipper Greg Street said: “It was important to get this win and hopefully we can take the confidence gained by this victory into future games.

“It was pleasing to see that half our overs were bowled by two 15-year-olds.

“They both bowled with good control and were always a threat. The future for both of them looks bright.”

The win moved Haverhill II 52 points clear of Coggeshall II, who occupy second from bottom place, ahead of their home clash with Halstead II on Saturday (1pm).