Wakelin puts Haverhill to the sword

Ant Phillips batting for Haverhill ANL-150913-205925009
Ant Phillips batting for Haverhill ANL-150913-205925009

Defeat for both Haverhill teams in season’s opener

Haverhill’s first and second XI both went down to chastening defeats after what had been a promising first half in each of their respective matches.

The first team travelled to Witham to take on last season’s runner-up in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One.

Having lost the toss and been inserted newly-promoted Haverhill soon lost opener Dan Pass caught behind for a duck, but the innings was revived by a century partnership between debutant Chris Palmer and Ant Phillips.

Palmer fell for 45 and Phillips went soon after for an impressive 71 and it was left to another newcomer to the team, wicket keeper Dave Humphrey, to hit an unbeaten 30 to steer Haverhill to a competitive score of 194-7 off their 50 overs.

Witham opener Jake Wakelin (who averaged 51 with the bat in 2015) was his normal swashbuckling self and punished anything loose as the hosts flew out of the traps.

Ben Wilkins made the breakthrough, having Kaan Hawes stumped by Humphrey, but that was to be the sole success for Haverhill as Wakelin smashed an unbeaten century and Aussie overseas Adrian Chad 65 not out on debut to seal victory in just 32 overs.

Haverhill’s cause could have been bettered had they held on to four catches that came their way and if Chad had been given out early in his innings when Humphrey appealed for what Haverhill thought was a catch from an outside edge, only for the umpire to reject the entreaties.

Haverhill face Hadleigh at Manor Road on Saturday (1pm start).

In Division Three, a slightly under-strength Haverhill II began their first ever campaign at that level with a match against Copdock & OI II.

The game was reduced to 40 overs a side instead of 45 and Haverhill restricted Copdock & OI to a modest 134-8 from their allocation.

In reply though, Haverhill struggled and could only limp to 84-9 to lose by 50 runs.

On Saturday, Haverhill II travel to Brightlingsea (1pm).