Weather ruins thrilling finale between Frinton II and Haverhill

Haverhill wicketkeeper Dave Humphrey scored 67 in their total of 139 all out at Frinton II. 
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-123836009
Haverhill wicketkeeper Dave Humphrey scored 67 in their total of 139 all out at Frinton II. Picture Mark Westley ANL-160516-123836009
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A potentially nerve-jangling climax to Haverhill’s match at Frinton II was scuppered by the equally dramatic elements on Saturday.

The match, which was reduced to 45 overs each, was abandoned after lightning and rain arrived with Frinton 119-7, requiring 140 to win.

Haverhill’s 139 all out was achieved largely thanks to Dave Humphrey’s 67, his highest score and first half-century since joining the team this season.

Openers Adam Dellar (23) and Ant Phillips (24) were the only other batsmen to reach double figures, the latter doing so having initially retired hurt in the second over with a back injury, only to return with his team in dire straights.

Tony Stubbs (10-7-14-2), Ed Ball (7-4-18-2) and skipper Lewis Catlow (9.5-0-34-2) were the pick of the Frinton bowlers.

Having set Frinton just 140 to win, Haverhill’s chances of avoiding a fifth straight defeat in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division One looked slim, but after Russ Stockdale’s (24) rapid start was ended by Will Bailey’s catch off the bowling of Callum Brunning, the visitors began to get back in the game.

Frinton’s overseas number three, Joe McDevitt, was caught behind by Humphrey off Bailey (7-1-30-1) for a duck and once the two set batsman Joe Fowler (38) and Sam Brynes (30) were dismissed they found themselves at 97-4.

More wickets soon followed as Frinton slumped to 119-7, with Ben Wilkins (5.3-1-14-2) and Chris Palmer (3-0-17-2) the chief wicket takers.

Sadly the weather intervened and denied the chance of a result, one that could have gone either way, leaving Frinton with 12 points and Haverhill 11.

Haverhill’s next match is at home to third-placed Witham on Saturday (1pm).

•In Division Three, Haverhill II went down to an 89 run defeat at home to Brockley. The visitors scored 221-3 before restricting Haverhill to 132-9.