Haverhill beat Halstead in final over thriller
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Halstead 240 lost to Haverhill 241-8 by two wickets
Ben Wilkins hit the winning run off the penultimate ball of the match as Haverhill made up for their final ball, three run defeat to Copford the previous week.
Halstead had got off to a strong start in their innings, racing to 65 without loss before Ben Wilkins bowled Charlie Douglas-Hughes for 29.
Another 47 runs were added before Josh Wells was well caught off Ben Wilkins’ bowling by Joey Kettle at mid-off for 22.
Led by a season’s best figures for both Ben Wilkins (10-36-3) and Dan Pass (4-26-3), Haverhill reined in Halstead’s scoring rate and wickets started to fall regularly as the hosts were eventually bowled out for 240 in the 49th over.
Opener Ollie Grayson top-scored with 92 before becoming the eighth wicket to fall, bowled by Pass.
Pass and Ant Phillips again put together an assured opening partnership for Haverhill, sharing 42 runs until Phillips was caught behind off Wells for 23.
Pass fell for 29, Dellar for ten and Dave Humphrey for 11 as Haverhill wobbled at 125-4, but newcomer Alex Burrows - a former Hornsey CC player in the Middlesex Premier League - joined Chris Palmer and they put together what would prove the decisive partnership.
Burrows fell lbw to Wells (10-47-3) for 43 but Palmer (73) and Josh Ruthven (15) took Haverhill closer to their target before both fell in the same Joe Morris over, along with Joey Kettle (0).
Wilkins (8no) and Will Bailey (6no) to take Haverhill to victory and a 20 point return that took them up to sixth -place in the table.
The victory was Haverhill’s second in the four matches they have completed in Division One so far and means they have now already won half the number of matches they did during the entire 2014 season, the last time they were in the top division.
Haverhill are away to Mistley on Saturday (1pm).