MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES
Worlington 335-4 beat
Haverhill 245 by 90 runs
Haverhill slipped to a third defeat in a row as Worlington racked up 335 runs to race to a 90-run victory at the weekend.
Worlington were pleasantly surprised to be batting despite losing the toss as the pitch looked a belter and the boundaries were small.
The home side’s overseas professional Ben Hyde had recently moved up to open the batting and looked to really make his mark on Division One cricket.
Hyde, and his fellow opener Richard Ford, made Haverhill rue their decision to field first, as they got their side off to a flyer with a 138-run partnership.
Ford was the man to depart off the bowling of Will Bailey (1-39), caught brilliantly by his opposite number Adam Dellar having scored a quickfire 59.
If Haverhill were hoping that would be the breakthrough to stop the onslaught of runs they were quite mistaken, as new batsman Jimmy Watson (59) upped the tempo for the hosts to push his side to a mammoth total.
While this was going on, Hyde led the charge and raced to a fine maiden Division One century and beyond, as the Haverhill bowlers were made to toil in the afternoon sun.
Josh Ruthven (2-27) was arguably the pick of the visiting bowlers, picking up some late wickets as well as slightly holding back Worlington from getting to the 400 mark, removing Hyde for 171 and Watson for 59.
Nonetheless, Worlington still managed to reach an excellent total of 335-4 from their 50 overs, leaving Haverhill with a mountain to climb in order to win.
Dellar (47) and Anthony Phillips (44) made a superb start though and had the hosts briefly worried.
The opening pair reached 78 in no time before Dellar was bowled looking to hit another enormous six, like he had twice previously off the same bowler.
Phillips also perished looking to hit another boundary to keep up with the run rate, but was instead bowled out by Hyde, who was having the game of his life as he finished with bowling figures of 3-25.
Once the Haverhill openers were both removed, the run rate dropped dramatically and soon the game was beyond their reach.
Wickets continued to tumble sporadically, while Haverhill’s saving grace came in the form of a swashbuckling innings from Alex Archer.
Smashing five fours and six sixes on his way to making 70, Archer put the Worlington bowlers to the sword and helped his side reach a respectable score of 245 all out to obtain maximum batting points.
With games with Wivenhoe and Mildenhall in the next two weeks, it looks like tough times ahead for a side who need to show more grit.