Haverhill recover from early setbacks to hold off Long Melford
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Haverhill 191-9 beat Long Melford 175-8 by 16 runs
Haverhill fought back from an early collapse to beat Long Melford and go above them into fourth place in the table.
The hosts found themselves four wickets down with not many runs on the board after Sam Hartshorn (0), Sam Powell (13), Liam Savage (7) and Adam Dellar (6) were sent packing.
The dangerous Gareth Boon (13-4-48-4) did most of the damage, taking three of the four wickets to fall.
Dan Poole (48) and Anthony Phillips (48) then put on a substantial partnership, backed up by 35 from Dan Pass and 19 from Ben Wilkins to help Haverhill post a challenging 191-9 off their 45 overs.
Tom Barnard and Steve Martin got off to a promising start for Melford before the wickets began to fall, with Martin (24) caught by Powell off Poole’s bowling and Barnard run out by Callum Brunning for 15.
Poole (10-1-32-2) then claimed the prize wicket of Adam Matthews, trapping him in front for just four and although Joe Harvey hit 63 and Stuart Whitehart 27, Haverhill managed to restrict the visitors to 175-8 at the end of their 45 overs.
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Haverhill next play Ipswich, who are one place and four points ahead of them, at Manor Road on Saturday (1pm).