Braintree 208-4 beat
by six wickets
Haverhill captain Joe Woodley admitted that his side were ‘outplayed’ as title challengers Braintree won by six wickets on Saturday.
Despite a century from Sam Powell, Haverhill saw their three-match winning run come to an end at the weekend.
Haverhill finished on 207-9, which their Essex hosts reached with six wickets to spare, and inflict on Haverhill only their second defeat of the season so far.
“We were outplayed by the team on the day from ball one,” said Woodley. “We batted poorly again on the best batting track we will ever bat on.
“The track was flat and we bowled some very loose balls. They maximised our weaknesses.
“A very disappointing effort all round.”
Haverhill decided to bat first after winning the toss at St. Peters Close, but were immediately under pressure as Sam Hartshorn went for a duck and Liam Savage was bowled for just seven runs.
The visitors were on 19-2 from 11 overs, before Adam Dellar hit a quick-fire 20 with five boundaries.
Dan Poole became the second player to be bowled for a duck as Haverhill were reduced to 63-4.
Powell began to find some timing to reach his half century, while Russ Davis came in and struck several boundaries before falling for 18.
Dan Pass (12) put on a partnership of 75 with the Haverhill opener, and with 10 overs to go Powell smashed consecutive sixes to complete a high quality 100.
Powell and Pass fell within the space of an over as the visitors went from 95-5 to 170-7, while Rob Dovaston (17) and Alex Archer (seven) hit a flurry of singles and twos to get Haverhill past the 200 mark.
A target of 207 had been set, with the Braintree openers Chris Leech and Dean Pass making the most of a lack of cutting edge from the Haverhill bowlers.
Callum Brunning (4-76) came into the visiting attack and got the first of his four wickets to dismiss Bass for 19 runs.
Brunning struck again shortly after to remove Leech for 17, as Braintree went from 41-0 to 46-2.
Rory Ainsley and Warren Celiz rebuilt the home side’s run chase with a succession of boundaries to take Braintree to 100-2, before Brunning completed a hat-trick of wickets to remove Celiz for 30.
William Jackson (27) was caught by Archer from the bowling of Brunning, before Nick Butler (48 not out) and Ainsley (59 no) got the hosts over the line with six wickets and four overs to spare.
The defeat keeps Haverhill third in the Division Two table ahead of hosting Sudbury II on Saturday (1pm).