Three match winning run ended after heavy defeat

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION FOUR

Abberton 185-2 beat Haverhill II 181

by eight wickets

Haverhill II’s saw their three match winning run come to an end after a crushing eight wicket defeat away at Abberton.

Captain Greg Street won the toss and elected to bat knowing a big total would be required, but they made a bad start to their innings at Fingeringhoe Road.

After a combination of rash strokes and quick bowling from the hosts, Haverhill found themselves 23-4 after six overs.

Sam Hartshorn (30) played some good shots as he and Joey Kettle tried to rebuild the innings.

Hartshorn went with the score at 54-5, before Street (24) joined Kettle and the pair played sensibly over the next 15 overs to get the score to 115.

After Street departed it was Richard Partridge (25) who entered the crease, with Kettle (50) reaching a well-deserved half century before leaving the field.

Craig Scott (4-15) and Will House (4-48) took four wickets apiece as Haverhill finished all out for 181 in the 43rd over.

Abberton opened Abberton’s innings with the in-form Trussler brothers, Aaron and Sam, looking to get them off to a good start.

The visitors found a breakthrough to Abberton’s opening stand when young spinner Harry Harding (2-30) claimed the wicket of Aaron Trussler for 42.

Harding also took the prized wicket of Sam Trussler (78) to reduce the hosts to 144-2.

With Haverhill looking for extra bowling points a number of bowlers tried their luck, but the experienced Richard Moxon (44 no) showed his pedigree with a faultless display of batting.

Abberton completed the run chase in the 43rd over to run out comfortable winners by eight wickets.

A disappointed Haverhill skipper Street reflected after the game: “The early wickets we needed to give us a chance never materialised and in the end we were well beaten by a more than useful side.”