Haverhill fight back to claim improbable win
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Haverhill 191-9 beat Long Melford 175-8
by 16 runs
Captain Joe Woodley praised Haverhill’s resilience after they fought back to record an unlikely looking win.
After Haverhill were asked to bat first Melford reduced them to 37-4 with some solid bowling and late movement.
Sam Hartshorn (0) hit to cover, Sam Powell (13) top edged a pull, Adam Dellar (6) feathered a full delivery and Liam Savage (7) was clean bowled with an in-ducker.
For the second time in three weeks Dan Poole rescued Haverhill from total collapse, as he and Ant Phillips put on 78 in 14 overs.
A huge six from Phillips caused his downfall as the replacement ball stopped swinging and he played around a straight one to be lbw to Jason Wade for 48.
When Rob Dovaston fell for 0 Haverhill had slipped to 119-6.
Poole departed for a vital 48 caught and bowled by Tom Barnard, but Dan Pass soon found his rhythm.
Ben Wilkins came in and with Pass put on 50 in seven entertaining overs.
When Pass (35) and Wilkins (19) fell Haverhill had got to 191-9 with Gareth Boon (4-48) the pick of the bowlers.
In reply, Melford started steadily but at 43-0 Poole had Steve Martin caught for 24, and trapped Adam Matthews lbw two balls later for four.
Callum Brunning’s rocket throw ran out Barnard for 15 and Melford were 52-3.
Wilkins struck first ball of his spell, trapping Abbas Murtaza lbw for 4 and Haverhill were in the ascendancy.
Stuart Whitehart and Joe Harvey, however put on 68 for the fifth wicket.
Woodley came back and removed Harvey for a classy 63, well caught by Hartshorn.
With 40 needed with five wickets and 11 overs left, Haverhill needed a miracle but Pass came into his own, bowling yorkers and good lines.
Powell ran out Whitehart for 27 and Woodley also bowled tightly.
Pass had Dale Brett caught by Dellar and Woodley (11-1-32-1) went for only six off his over, leaving Pass with 16 to defend off the last over.
After bowling Boon, he completed a masterful wicket maiden to take Haverhill to a miraculous win.
Woodley said: “I’m still not sure how we won that but it shows how the boys never give up.
“I was devastated for Ant Phillips that he never got to his well deserved 50, but he really kept us going in the field behind the stumps, a real driving force.
“Both Dan Poole and Dan Pass are in great form and Passy’s last over showed real nerve and character.”