MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Haverhill 125 lost to Lakenheath 135 by ten runs
Haverhill managed to pull defeat from the jaws of victory as they collapsed to a disappointing defeat to Lakenheath.
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’s.
Once first change bowler Will Bailey (6-3-13-2) dismissed them both the innings fell away in the face of some impressive slow bowling from Ben Wilkins, who claimed his first five wicket haul for the first team, taking 5-16 in 13 overs, and Callum Brunng (5-2-6-1).
Although it didn’t appear so at the time, Tim Milner’s unbeaten 19 at number nine for Lakenheath ended up being crucial to the final outcome.
Haverhill lost Dan Pass (20), stand-in opener Russell Davis (7) and Anthony Phillips (3) before Liam Savage and Adam Dellar steadied the ship and 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 exactly 50, bowled by Sam Bowers (15-2-35-4) and Savage was ousted by the same bowler for 13, it all went downhill.
Of the bottom six batsmen, only Dan Poole (21) and Wilkins (4 not 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.
Tom Dupe took a season’s best of 5-2-18-4 for Lakenheath in mopping up the tail.
The one saving grace for Haverhill was that they didn’t lose any real ground on second-top Braintree and third-placed Easton, who both lost.
They will be kicking themselves however, for blowing a great chance to close the gap on Braintree as they prepare for their next match,a trip to mid-table Long Melford on Saturday.
•Haverhill II’s Division Four match at Felixstowe was cancelled due to an unfit pitch, but they remain in second place with results elsewhere going in their favour.