Early batting collapse leads to defeat for Haverhill
Haverhill’s three match winning streak in the First Division of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship came to a shuddering halt at the hands of Mistley
Pursuing Mistley’s 236-4, Haverhill slumped to 23-5 and were indebted to Josh Ruthven and Dan Pass whose contributions took them eventualy to 152 all out, earning them five bonus points in defeat.
Mistley’s top order batsmen all contributed, with South African Jarryd Walsh leading the way with a knock of 68 before he was bowled by Chris Palmer (10-0-57-1). Adrian Stockton (52 not out) and skipper Daniel Goff (41) also made sizeable scores.
Callum Brunning beat the bat on numerous occasions but went wicketless after ten overs, four of them maidens, that cost just 26 runs, while Andy Argent (9-1-32-1) and Ant Phillips (10-1-38-1) returned good figures.
On paper the score appeared slightly below-par on a wicket that had seen the home side hit 283 runs twice in the past five weeks.
However, Tim Scott (10-4-16-2) and 16-year-old Jack Fifield (10-2-28-3) tore through the top five with Phillips (0), Adam Dellar (0) and Palmer (7) all caught behind by Graeme Butcher as Haverhill collapsed to 23-5.
Ruthven and Pass added 78 for the sixth wicket before the former was out for 37, but Pass went on to amass a season’s best of 68 in Division One before being the last man out.
The loss leaves Haverhill 25 points ahead of the Hadleigh and Halstead, who are level on points in second bottom with just five games to go.
On Saturday Haverhill entertain Braintree (1pm), who are just three points and one place below them, with Phillips standing in as skipper in the absence of Dellar, who is away.