Haverhill will head to Halstead on Saturday (1pm) looking to atone for their frustrating three run defeat to Copford.
Haverhill had looked on course to reach their target of 256, but the dismissal of skipper Adam Dellar for 90 exposed the lower order, and they came up short despite needing 52 off 12 overs with five wickets in hand.
As irksome as the loss was, Haverhill still managed to collect nine bonus points from the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One match - the maximum is ten - a fact that pleased Dellar.
“We lost well on Saturday. That might seem a weird thing to say but we’ve got nine points where we would have lost badly in the past and got just one or two points.
“These are the games that could be the difference in the end (between staying up or going down). In previous seasons we would have lost quite heavily and not got the nine points.
“It does feel good this year and I feel we are getting stronger each week and there’s a good spirit. There’s a bit of fight this year and the boys have been trying hard in training in the winter and it is showing.”
Haverhill will be without all-rounder Dan Poole on Saturday (holiday) and his replacement against Copford, Alex Archer is also unavailable, so Liam Botten has been drafted in.
Haverhill XI: Pass, Phillips. Palmer, Dellar (c), Humphrey (wk), Ruthven, Botten, B Wilkins, Kettle, Smith, W Bailey.
•In Division Three, Haverhill II are at home on Saturday to Mistley II (1pm).