Weather puts dampner on thrilling encounter

DOUBLE STRIKE: Chris Palmer (2-17) took two wickets for Haverhill during their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One game at Frinton-on-Sea II at the weekend, which was abandoned due to the weather
DOUBLE STRIKE: Chris Palmer (2-17) took two wickets for Haverhill during their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One game at Frinton-on-Sea II at the weekend, which was abandoned due to the weather
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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Frinton-on-Sea II 119-7

Haverhill 139

(match abandoned)

Haverhill were left wondering what could have been as their topsy-turvy game at Frinton-on-Sea II was abandoned due to the bad weather.

With the weather forecast looking ominous, both teams were keen to shorten the game to 45 overs a side in a bid to get a result one way or another.

Frinton won the toss and elected to bowl first and within two overs Haverhill had opener Anthony Phillips back in the pavilion, who had to retire hurt due to a back injury.

Chris Palmer (four) joined Adam Dellar (23) at the crease, only to attempt a cut-shot to a short and wide delivery, which bounced more than expected and found the edge which was well taken at slip for the first of Joe Fowler’s four catches.

Josh Ruthven was drawn forward by Edward Ball (2-18) and again Ball found the outside edge which was again neatly pouched by Fowler.

Things only went from bad to worse for Haverhill as, after another classy innings from Dellar, he was dismissed after being caught at slip by old pro Tony Stubbs.

The very next ball Stubbs (2-14) also had Dan Pass caught at slip with a carbon copy to the previous delivery.

With the backbone of Haverhill’s batting order ripped out, it was down to David Humphrey (67) and the late order to try to salvage something out of the game.

Humphrey’s crucial innings somewhat steadied the ship, although wickets did continue to fall around him.

Phillips bravely returned to the fray despite being in obvious pain and made a vital contribution of 24 before being bowled.

Although Haverhill’s tail did not wag, they had managed to reach a total of 139, giving the bowlers something to work with.

After tea, Haverhill looked to attack early as they knew taking wickets was their only hope of avoiding an embarrassing defeat.

Frinton got off to an explosive start before Callum Brunning had Russell Stockdale (24) caught.

Will Bailey (1-30) was fired up and set the Frinton overseas Joe McDevitt up a treat with an outside edge which was taken by Humphrey.

Fowler (38) chanced his luck for the hosts as Haverhill spurned a few chances, but fortunately Palmer (2-17) had him LBW soon after and momentum started to shift.

Ben Wilkins then got in on the act, having Sam Brynes (30) caught by Brunning as Frinton teetered at 97-4.

Haverhill took three more wickets after drinks as the hosts were at panic stations on 119-7, before lightning struck and the heavens opened.

Play was suspended for a third time but this time it never resumed, so one can only speculate how the topsy-turvy game would have concluded.