MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Haverhill 125 lost to Lakenheath 135 by 10 runs
Haverhill managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory as they collapsed to a disappointing loss.
Lakenheath’s openers Stephen Tassell (23) and Shane Leech (37) put on a first wicket partnership of 65 after both were dropped at first slip early in their innings.
Once first change bowler Will Bailey (6-3-13-2) dismissed them both (Tassell to a nonchalent overhead catch by first slip fielder Dan Poole) the innings fell away in the face of some impressive slow bowling from Callum Brunning (5-2-6-1) and Ben Wilkins, who claimed his first five-wicket haul for the first team, taking 5-16 in 13 overs, eight of them maidens.
Wilkins was at one stage on a hat-trick. Liam Flack was caught by Dan Poole at slip for one before Frank Gammon was lbw. Mark Milner resolutely kept out the next ball however.
The wickets continued to tumble and although it did not appear so at the time, Tim Milner’s unbeaten 19 at number nine was to end up being crucial to the final outcome.
Dan Pass chipped in with two late wickets as Lakenheath finally slipped from 65-0 to 135 all out.
In reply, Haverhill utilised Russ Davis as an opener after Sam Powell’s car suffered a flat tyre en-route to the game.
Davis was the first to go, caught by Tassell off Tim Milner for seven, before Anthony Phillips (3) was caught at mid-off by Paul Pallant off Sam Bowers.
Opener Pass (20) then nicked Bowers to gloveman Andrew Leech before Liam Savage and Adam Dellar steadied the ship.
At 89-3 things looked good for the hosts as they aimed to move up from fourth in the table.
However, once Dellar fell for 50, bowled by Bowers (15-2-35-4) minutes after benefitting from a controversial not out decision, and Savage was ousted by the same bowler for 13, things went downhill.
Of the bottom six batsmen, only Dan Poole (21) and Wilkins (4not out) troubled the scorers as Haverhill lost their final six wickets for 20 runs to lose the match with seven overs of their innings unused.
Poole had looked like he would take Haverhill over the line, but after smashing a six and a four, he was yorked by Tom Dupe, who went on take a season’s best of 5-2-18-4 for Lakenheath in mopping up the tail.
With second-top Braintree and third-placed Easton also losing however, Haverhill have not lost anymore ground on the top two.
They will be kicking themselves however, for blowing a great chance to close the gap on Braintree as they prepare for their trip to mid-table Long Melford on Saturday.
nHaverhill have won the Adams Harrison Midweek Cricket League Division One title.
Should they have avoided defeat in last night’s (July 29) final fixture at home to Fulbourn they will have lost just once in their 10 league matches all season.
nHaverhill II’s Division Four match at Felixstowe was cancelled due to an unfit pitch, but they remain in second.