Braintree 381-6 beat
Haverhill 186 by 195 runs
Haverhill saw their winning run come to a crashing halt after a heavy 195-run defeat away at bottom side Braintree on Saturday.
On a dry road-like track, Haverhill won the toss and elected to field and chase down the Braintree innings total, with this tactic proving to be very successful on the last two away outings.
However, Braintree opening batsmen Dean Bass (143) and Chris Leech (58) exploited the home field advantage and some indifferent Haverhill bowling with some aggressive boundary hitting.
Bass was Braintree’s main protagonist, hitting 22 boundaries on his way to a well-made century.
With 192 runs on the scoreboard in the 29th over, Haverhill seamer Dan Pass (3-49) made the vital breakthrough having Leech caught by Chris Palmer.
In the same over, Pass gave the visitors more cheer by removing Dan Garner with a regulation catch by Alex Archer behind the stumps.
With Braintree at 230-2 off of 30 overs, Pass took the vital wicket of centurion Bass with a superb catch by Dan Poole.
The home side’s middle order added to their already impressive total, with two quickfire knocks by Warren Celiz (62) and Quincy Titterton (51) and at tea Braintree had reached 381-6.
Haverhill’s response got off to a shaky start, losing opener Anthony Phillips (four) in the third over.
Fellow opener Pass was enjoying more luck and blazing his way to 30 before top edging a catch to Garner off the bowling of Titterton.
It looked like it was going to be one of those days for the visitors, and despite Haverhill’s Palmer (34) looking to settle things down, a flurry of wickets at the other end prevented Haverhill getting into any sort of run-scoring stride.
With Palmer departing with the score at 110-6, it was left to Ben Wilkins (24), Will Bailey (20) and the injured Poole (33) to demonstrate the dogged resistance that this young Haverhill side possess.