Haverhill defeat Sudbury II to close in on top two
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Haverhill 186-5 beat Sudbury II 185 by five wickets
Half centuries from Adam Dellar and Dan Poole guided Haverhill to a comfortable victory over Sudbury with almost 12 overs to spare.
Sudbury lost the early wickets of Jay Phillips (1) and Matt Pears (14), both caught at slip by Sam Powell off Joe Woodley (8-0-31-4).
Alistair Younger benefitted from being dropped twice, once very early in his innings by Powell off Dan Poole, to take Sudbury beyond 100 runs in partnership with Ben Taylor.
Taylor was finally trapped lbw by Russ Davis (9-2-54-2) for 37 and Younger’s luck ran out when he was caught for 45 by Dan Pass on the wide long on boundary off the bowling of Callum Brunning (12-0-44-2).
Wickets fell steadily and only the powerful hitting of Steve Witham (43) helped Sudbury reach 185 until he was caught on the midwicket boundary by Poole off Ben Wilkins (5.4-0-22-2) to end the innings in the 43rd over.
Haverhill’s new opening pair of Dan Pass (28) and Powell began steadily until Powell was caught at mid off by Pears off Charlie Thomas (13.1-1-49-2) for 11 at 20-1.
After Pass and Davis (13), batting at number three, both fell Adam Dellar and Poole forged a match-changing partnership.
Dellar hit five successive fours off Jack Backler’s solitary over before being dismissed for 54, and after Liam Savage fell for just two runs it was left to Poole (50no) and Ant Phillips (13no) to take Haverhill home in the 36th over.
The win takes third-placed Haverhill to within just three points of second-placed Braintree, who slipped up at Ipswich.