TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
beat Haverhill 114
by 79 runs
Haverhill Cricket Club failed to build on recent back-to-back wins as their promotion hopes took a dent following defeat at table-topping Copford.
After winning the toss, Will Bailey (1-18) made the immediate breakthrough by having Copford star batsman Sinclair edge to slip for 0.
Catley and Bell began to rebuild the innings until Callum Brunning had Bell caught behind for 25. Brunning steadily ran through the middle order, as Copford slipped to 132-5.
When Wilkins had Catley caught by Savage for 31, Copford were 133-6.
Some lusty blows and some poor deliveries helped Copford propel themselves towards 170 before Brunning (6-64) took his fifth and sixth wickets of the innings.
Wilkins (2-58) and Woodley (1-28) took one each after this but Copford had smashed their way to 193 all out in the last over.
In reply, Powell and Pass both started watchfully against some very accurate bowling.
After both departed caught to aerial shots, the away side collapsed from 32-0 to 62-7 as Measor and Bell ripped through the batting order, one being a farcical run out of Phillips, having had a pull shot hit the huge tree on the side of the square and fall into the hands of a fielder.
With the match all but over, Kettle batted time and Bailey (25) batted beautifully and beyond his years to take Haverhill past 100.
However, with Brunning running past a flighted off spinner from J Bell, Haverhill were all out for a paltry 114 as the league leaders claimed the victory.
The result leaves Haverhill fourth in Division Two on 201 points, 44 adrift of Copford at the top of the table.
They will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Lakenheath on Saturday.
Reflecting on the result, captain Joe Woodley was left disappointed with his side’s performance on the road once again as he was left with no qualms about the club’s league position.
“It was another poor away performance with too many four balls being bowled, loose shots from our best batsmen and giving silly runs away in the field,” he said.
“We thoroughly deserved to be defeated and remain fourth because at the moment we don’t deserve to be any higher.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s fixture at home against Lakenheath, the skipper also eluded to the fact changes may be made as he aims to get to winning ways in the league.
“I am considering changes because things don’t seem to be working,” he added.
“Next week is a must win game at home against Lakenheath.”