Haverhill back on track and up into third place
TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Sudbury II 185 lost to
by five wickets
Haverhill got back to winning ways with a five-wicket success over Sudbury II to see them move up to third in the Division Two table.
After winning the toss, visiting skipper Joe Woodley decided to bowl first. A drop from Powell off Dan Poole could have soured the start for Haverhiill but he made amends the next over as Woodley dismissed Phillips for one.
Pears stroked a few boundaries before he too was caught in slips off Woodley. A partnership between Younger and Taylor took Sudbury to 100-2 before Davis came into the attack and pinned Taylor in front for a rapid 37.
Haverhill turned the screw as Davis (2-56) strangled Siegert with some accurate bowling and had him caught by Pass. Brunning had replaced the luckless Poole and deceived Younger into smashing one straight down the throat of Pass again for a blazing 45.
Two overs later Brunning then had Backler caught by Savage for 14 to give him figures of (2-44). Wilkins came into the attack to replace Davis and immediately froze the scoreboard as he bowled Shropshire.
Woodley (4-31) replaced Brunning in an attempt to kill the innings, and this paid dividends as he bowled Clark for 14 and then Dhage first ball.
A number of boundaries were scored before Wilkins (2-22) collected the final wicket as the Sudbury innings ended on 185.
In reply, Powell played watchfully before one stuck in the pitch and he was dismissed, caught for 11.
Pass joined Davis at the wicket and the pair blazed some boundaries, punishing the loose balls and repelling any hopes of a collapse.
However both fell within two overs as Pass was caught and bowled and Davis failed to clear the infield.
Dellar and Poole both dominated the next 18 overs as the pair both flayed the attack 360 degrees, including Dellar helping himself to 20 off of a Backler over.
Dellar fell, caught for 54, and Savage quickly followed, but a cameo of 13 from Phillips, and Poole reaching his 50, saw Haverhill home with 12 overs to spare.
Woodley said: “It was a pleasing all-round team performance. We are still learning as a team and individuals and this is another step towards finding that consistency.
“We have three important fact-finding games to come before the mid-season turnaround, and it would be vital to win at least two of those games in order to stamp our authority on this league.”