Haverhill 148-3 beat
by seven wickets
An unbeaten knock of 81 from Adam Dellar helped Haverhill to a seven wicket victory at home to strugglers Exning on Saturday.
Haverhill captain Joe Woodley lost the toss and was asked to bowl first on a green and uneven wicket at their Manor Road home.
Dan Poole (2-8) made early breakthroughs in the Exning innings, having openers Oakley Colby (7) caught and bowled, and enticing Gavin Jones (9) to slice to point.
Tim Catley and Simon Allen rebuilt though, with their partnership crucial to Exning’s chances of success over the promotion chasers.
The pair took Exning to 97-2, seeing off the bowling of Haverhill trio Woodley, Will Bailey and Dan Pass.
The home side introduced spin bowler Ben Wilkins (3-32) into the attack, and he bowled excellently to find Allen’s edge for 37, before forcing Catley to scoop to deep backward square leg on 62.
At the other end, Callum Brunning (4-29) cleaned out the Exning tail, dismissing Vince Colby and both King’s, Philip and Joshua, all for ducks, as the visitors collapsed to 147 all out.
In reply, Haverhill’s top order once again looked fragile as Pass top edged for nine, while Sam Powell blazed a few boundaries before edging to slip on 18.
Anthony Phillips uncharacteristically left a straight one to leave Haverhill on 34-3, as Exning placed themselves firmly in the driving seat.
However Liam Savage and Dellar had other ideas, striking up an unbeaten partnership of 114 to ease the home side to victory.
Savage (25 no) and Dellar (81 no) saw Haverhill over the line with 13 overs to spare, and as a result sees them move up one place into third.
A delighted Haverhill skipper Woodley said: “Once again we found ourselves in the mire, but two very different yet vital innings saw us home.
“It was the perfect recipe after our defeat last week and sets us up nicely for Copford this week.”