Haverhill hold off Easton fightback to record opening day victory
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Haverhill 212-6 beat Easton 202-9 by ten runs
A strong all-round performance by Haverhill saw them get off to a winning start in their bid for an automatic return to division one.
The home side batted first after winning the toss and openers Sam Hartshorn (38) and Sam Powell put on 69 before former was caught in the covers off spinner Toby Wright (13-3-66-3).
Powell then skied a Wright full toss to be caught for 48 when looking set for a half-century in his first league game since his return to Haverhill.
Adam Dellar (43), Josh Ruthven (23 and Anthony Phillips (19) all made significant contributions before Dan Poole was stumped for a brisk 31 off the final ball of their 45 overs to leave them on 212-6.
Haverhill skipper Joe Woodley (12-3-49-3) made a vital early breakthrough, having danger man Jolyon Kimmerling caught behind by Anthony Phillips for 6 when attempting to cut a ball that was too close to him.
Opener Mark Fernley played on to Dan Poole for 24 before the same bowler rearranged James Keeble’s stumps after he had made just five.
Teenage spinners Ben Wilkins (11-0-38-2) and Callum Brunning (10-1-35-1) then bowled well in tandem to make further inroads.
Easton recovered thanks to Toby Wright and George Loyd, but the former was run out for 49 and the latter caught by Dan Pass off Woodley, also for 49, to end their hopes of victory.
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