Haverhill skipper wants them to up their game at Exning

Sam Hartshorn
Sam Hartshorn

Haverhill skipper Joe Woodley wants his players to up their game when they travel to take on Exning on Saturday.

Haverhill beat Easton by ten runs in their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two opener last Saturday, a performance Woodley felt was at only 70 per cent of their capabilities.

They face an Exning side that lost their opener by eight wickets at newly-promoted Long Melford and Woodley expects his side to raise their levels higher.

“It’s always been a nice flat deck over there. We are expecting rain Friday and Saturday I think so we will have to assess the conditions when we go over there.

“We were at only 70 per cent of where we should be and we have things to work on but I think, again, it’s a case of the batsmen looking in good form but no-one got a 50.

“If you have won two games (including the friendly win over Hadleigh) and no-one has got a 50 though, there is reason to be cheerful.”

Haverhill had Easton 100-6 on Saturday, only to drop catches and make some sloppy errors in the field that enabled them get to within 11 runs of victory, and Woodley wants them to be more clinical at Exning.

He said: “We have got to try and bully the opposition down and believe we are there to win the game and do it.” Haverhill XI: Hartshorn, Powell, Ruthven, Dellar, Poole, Phillips, Pass, Dovaston, Wilkins, Woodley (c), C Brunning.