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Pass sets his sights on top two finish for Haverhill

Dan Pass in action earlier this season during Haverhill's 16 run win over Long Melford. Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen
Dan Pass in action earlier this season during Haverhill's 16 run win over Long Melford. Picture: Tudor Morgan-Owen

Fresh from his maiden first team century, Haverhill’s Dan Pass believes they will be disappointed if they do not finish in the top two.

All rounder Pass played the innings of his life at Dunmow on Saturday, hitting 20 fours and one six on his way to scoring 142 runs — the best score by any batsman so far in Two Counties Championship Division Two this campaign — during Haverhill’s 134 run victory.

For 20-year-old Pass — who started the season in the lower order but was moved up to open three weeks ago after some impressive showings — the innings was one he felt was overdue and smashes his previous top score in the first team, 39 against Witham in Division One last season.

After confessing he got a slice of luck early in his knock when the wicketkeeper missed a stumping chance off medium pacer Barry Sewell’s bowling, Pass, whose innings was otherwise chanceless, said: “It feels a bit surreal.

“I have been in and out of the first team for the last five seasons. I’ve had my chances so to finally get a big score and prove myself; it was a long time coming.”

Earlier this season Pass scored his first century for Haverhill, 134 against Bury St Edmunds in the Sunday league and has gone on to score 103 against Battisford in the same league, but the knock at Dunmow was, he said, ‘without a doubt the best.’

With all the other top four sides also winning, the 20 points earned by Haverhill keeps them in second place, just three points ahead of Braintree and five in front of Easton, whom they visit on Saturday (1pm).

Ahead of that match Pass, who joined Haverhill as a 15-year-old and like the majority of his team mates came through the club’s youth coaching system, said: “They are creeping up the table. I think we’ve just got to not worry about what’s behind us.

“We’ve got the ability in the team to beat anyone on our day. We are all coming into form now so if we can play to even half of what we are capable of we should be beating anybody.

“I would say we are the best team in the league. There have been times when we have lost and have not played to full potential but I think there is no doubt we are the best team in the league.

“We will be disappointed if we don’t finish in the top two.”

Dropping into Division Two after their relegation has ironically, added Pass, helped Haverhill,

He said: “We have all found the right level to get the confidence we need back and if we go back up, and hopefully we do, we will be ready to go again.”

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