HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK LEAGUE
Haverhill II 106-3 beat Thurston 104 by seven wickets
Haverhill outclassed Thurston to romp home with plenty of wickets and overs to spare.
On a rather mild but sunny afternoon Haverhill lost the toss and were put into the field to begin the afternoon’s proceedings.
Josh Ruthven (7-12-2) opened the bowling and was right on the money from the opening ball.
He picked up the first wicket catching the ball low down off his own bowling just as the batsman seemed to be settling in.
Tom Baker (5-16-2) opened the bowling from the other end and took a little while to get going but he also got amongst the wickets with an in swinging delivery trapping the batsman in front of the stumps.
Will Bailey (7-13-2) and Paul Turner (6-15-1) replaced Josh and Tom respectively kept the pressure on.
Harry Harding (5-30-0) toiled valiantly and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket and was got after by Thurston’s N Mayhew (52). Dan Pass also had a great little spell (4-16-2) after a loose first over.
Both Will and Josh must have thought they were in heaven when they bowled at the end of the innings with three slips, a gully and a catching backward point and Thurston set Haverhill 105 to win.
After a shaky start with the loss of Josh Ruthven, Sam Street and the skipper Charles Shannon, all back in the pavilion early, Dan Pass (62) and Phil Dingley (40) showed grit and determination and saw Haverhill home in the 23rd over.
Skipper Charles Shannon said: “This was an excellent team performance and hopefully will provide some momentum when we return in a couple of weeks’ time.”