HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK LEAGUE
Stowmarket 181-7 beat Haverhill 135-9 by 46 runs
Haverhill travelled to Stowmarket with a much changed side due to exam season and other availability issues.
Their task wasn’t helped when stand-in skipper Greg Street promptly lost the toss and was asked to bowl on a decent looking track.
Stowmarket’s opening batsmen set off quickly hitting some loose bowling to all parts with Ives (36) being particularly harsh on the Haverhill bowlers.
Youngster Harry Harding made the important breakthrough getting Michael Ives lbw after couple of good shouts had previously been turned down.
Harding (6-0-21-1) along with Paul Turner (10-0-48-0) then started to stem the flow of runs.
At the drinks interval Stowmarket were 123-1 and well set for a good score.
However, an early wicket for Tom Baker (10-1-50-3), well caught by skipper Street, in the covers got rid of danger man Paul Blake for 49.
From then on further contributions by all the bowlers including the evergreen Dan Webb (10-0-34-2) and 13-year- old Dan Wallage (4-0-27-1) restricted Stowmarket to 181-7 at the tea interval.
With a longer than usual tail Haverhill set about chasing the total with experienced pair Street and Micky Rinaldi looking to lay some solid foundations.
Rinaldi was the aggressor early on hitting a swift 25 and getting Haverhill off to a flier.
Haverhill had reached 40 in the 10th over when Rinaldi departed.
This left Street to take on the main role and despite a couple of scares he along with Baker (7) and Alex Archer (16) got Haverhill up to 90-3 at the end of the 23rd over.
With Street on 48 and looking set on chasing down the Stowmarket total he fell to the slow bowling of Alex Johns (10-1-38-5) and from then on it never looked likely that Haverhill would reach the total required.
Late crowd pleasing cameos from Paul Wallage (13) and Mickey Harding (11) gave some respectability to the score but the final ball was bowled with Stowmarket the victors by 46 runs.
Stand in captain Greg Street said: “We had to make a number of late changes to the team but all the guys who came in did a good job for the side in the circumstances.
“Despite the defeat all the players thoroughly enjoyed the game played in a great spirit by the Stowmarket lads. A” special mention should be made for some glorious fielding from Micky Rinaldi (long throw specialist), Richard Ellis (forward roll champion) and Paul Wallage (crocodile catcher) who all displayed athleticism well beyond their years!
“A cracking afternoons entertainment all round.”