Form guide is turned on its head as Seconds win

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES
CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION FOUR

Halstead II 192-9 lost to Haverhill II 207-9

by 15 runs

Haverhill II turned the Division Four form guide on its head by securing a 15 run victory over table-topping Halstead II.

Having won the toss Liam Botten and Carl Bradford opened the batting for Haverhill. Both batsmen took their opportunity well with some solid hitting and, having reached 80 without loss in the 17th over, it looked likely that at least one of them would go onto make a big score.

Unfortunately both batsmen went in quick succession, with Bradford (42) mistiming a cover drive and then Botten (37) getting well caught by the keeper.

This brought the in-form George Biggs (50) to the crease and he continued his good form, while further contributions from Aaron Forshaw (28) and Will Bailey (14no) pushed the score along.

Former Essex paceman Ian Pont put the brakes on the Haverhill innings but they still reached a competitive total of 207-9.

Halstead opened the batting with the in-form pair of Ian Pont and Cath Dalton. Both batsmen looked in good nick, with Pont hitting a couple of well-timed boundaries.

The breakthrough came in the seventh over when Martyn Wilkins got Dalton to mistime a drive to Richard Partridge at gully, who took a good catch.

The big wicket of Pont came in the very next over with Josh Ruthven getting him mistiming a full-length delivery, with Partridge once again the right man in the right place to take the catch.

A half-century for Balham was the highlight of the Halstead innings. However, some excellent bowling from Will Bailey, and with Liam Botten taking the pace off the ball and claiming some useful wickets at the right times, Haverhill always had the upper hand.

Halstead finished on 192-9, 15 runs short of the required total as Haverhill bounced back from successive defeats.