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First time skipper leads Haverhill II back into promotion places




Haverhill wicketkeeper and groundsman Phil Dingley captains his first game on his 38th birthday. Picture: Ben Carmichael
Haverhill wicketkeeper and groundsman Phil Dingley captains his first game on his 38th birthday. Picture: Ben Carmichael

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION FOUR

Haverhill 234-6 beat Tuddenham 174-6 by 60 runs

Phil Dingley had a birthday to remember after leading Haverhill to victory and back in to the top two in his first ever game as captain.

The wicketkeeper watched on as the majority of the batsmen made good contributions to their total.

Openers Liam Botten (a season’s best 47) and Carl Bradford (34) laid the foundations with an 80-run stand.

After Josh Ruthven was bowled for a duck, Sam Hartshorn caught and bowled by Chris Carter for 20 and Russ Davis caught for 10, Jamie Boulton and Charles Shannon shared a sixth wicket stand of 66 before Boulton was caught at long off for 55.

Shannon went on to finish unbeaten on 37, although Tuddenham didn’t help their cause by shelling a number of catchable chances in the outfield.

Haverhill’s opening bowlers made two crucial early breakthroughs to check Tuddenham’s run chase.

Firstly, Boulton took a sharp slip catch off Wilkens’ bowling to dismiss Steve Titcombe for a duck, before Richard Partridge had number three, Richard Cross, caught by Dingley for one.

Although David Cross compiled an unbeaten 50, Josh Ruthven (7-13-2) and the rest of the Haverhill bowlers restricted the visitors, who started the day just two points and one place behind third-placed Haverhill, to just 174-6 from their 45 overs.



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