Haverhill gunned down by batting masterclass
Haverhill 179-6 lost to
Wivenhoe 294-7 by 115 runs
Haverhill were once again subject to a batting masterclass by an overseas professional as Jonty Rushton’s century set up Wivenhoe with an unsurpassable total.
Wivenhoe won the toss and elected to bat despite the conditions being bowler friendly.
Jordan Elliot raced out of the blocks with a blistering 57, including hitting three sixes in one over. This quickfire innings got the visitors off to a flyer.
Fortunately for Haverhill, his power hitting was put to an end by Callum Brunning’s second ball of his spell, who got one to turn sharply and make Elliot play on to his own stumps.
However, this wicket did not end the onslaught, as it was Rushton who came to the crease and carried on taking the attack to the bowlers.
Once Wivenhoe’s other opener, Matt Durrell, was also dismissed (caught behind off the bowling of Josh Ruthven), Wivenhoe were already in a commanding position of 149-2.
It also meant that in-form batsman Ryan Vickery joined Rushton. It was not long before he too had reached his 50, although this was largely helped by Dan Pass dropping Vickery twice in the space of five balls when he was only on 19.
Haverhill did not roll over though and managed to keep Wivenhoe’s total under 300. This was largely thanks to excellent spells of bowling from Joey Kettler (3-27 from 7 overs) and Josh Ruthven (1-35 from 7 overs) who managed to keep the run rate down at a key point in the innings.
In reply, Haverhill got off to a poor start after Anthony Phillips was trapped in front LBW with the score on only nine.
Captain Adam Dellar scored his usual effortless 50 before finding a way of getting out — hitting an extremely wide ball straight to cover, and Chris Palmer scored a classy 32 before also being given out LBW.
Once these wickets had fallen, Haverhill were well behind the required rate, but a slow and dogged innings from David Humphrey (28 not out) and some power lower-order hitting from Ben Wilkins (27no) ensured that Haverhill reached the 175 for four batting points.
Despite the result meaning Haverhill have lost the past four games on the bounce, it was not as disappointing a result, considering they had fought well to restrict a quality Wivenhoe outfit. Haverhill lost to the better team but managed to take pride in all areas of the game.
n Haverhill II (157-7) lost by eight wickets at Woolpit II (160-2) as they were made to rue a big score slipping away, having got to 116-3 off 24 overs. Joe Woodley (2-32) took the only two wickets to fall.