After a number of costly recent batting collapses, Haverhill captain Joe Woodley is looking for better application from some of his batsmen.
Three times in their past four matches, Haverhill have failed to pass 125, with last Saturday’s 10-run defeat against Lakenheath, where they chased just 136 to win, the most disappointing performance of all.
Haverhill have opted to bolster the batting for their trip to Long Melford on Saturday (1pm) by bringing in teenager Jamie Boulton for Rob Dovaston, while opener Sam Powell returns having missed out last week when his car had a puncture en-route to the match.
Woodley said: “Rob has found it difficult going this year in a different role to one he is used to so Jamie comes in.
“He is in great form but more importantly it helps to keep it fresh and change things up.”
Too often this season Haverhill have found themselves having to recover from 30-3 or 40-3, and but for Adam Dellar’s 589 runs in 14 matches (making him the third highest run scorer in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two) things could have been even worse.
Woodley said: “We are not good enough to be recovering from 30-3 every week. We can’t expect us to keep recovering every time.
“At Easton we were 30-3 but they bowled very well, whereas most weeks we’ve been 30-3 and there have been some rubbish shots.
“Most people are better than some of the shots they’ve played.
“Sometimes people have got to knuckle down more.”