Staying disciplined and focused is key to Haverhill’s future prospects
An eye catching average of 95 runs per innings is not even on Adam Dellar’s radar ahead of Haverhill’s key match with Long Melford on Saturday.
Haverhill’s number four sits on top of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division Two averages after scores of 43, 32no, 6 and last Saturday’s 109no against Lakenheath.
On top of his impressive Saturday form, Dellar has also hit his straps early in the Adams Harrison Midweek League for Haverhill, smashing 81, 92no and 95no in his three matches so far.
As Haverhill look to defeat joint-second Melford - who are just four points ahead of them in the table - and overtake them, Dellar is paying no heed to his lofty position in the charts, only on the team and the result.
With one of Saturday’s opponents, Adam Matthews, second on the list with an average of 86.50, Dellar said: “I tend not to look to much at stats and the kind of people around us.
“I just take it game by game because cricket, like a lot of sports, can be great and can be harsh at times, so you just have to take the rough with the smooth and just keep doing the rights things.
“Play straight early on and don’t play too many cross bat shots because it minimises the risks of getting out and capitalise on the bad balls and run hard between the wickets.
“It’s got me into trouble a lot in the past, trying to hit too many cross batted shots, so now I play straight more.”
Having been relegated last season, Haverhill have started life in the second tier with three wins out of four. With defeat to leaders Copford the only blip so far.On
This season the team has more players than ever that have come up through the ranks, and head coach Dellar says it has in many ways put the club in ruder health.
He said: “I think we are, as a team and as a club, a lot stronger this year. Not just in depth but in terms of more togetherness which is really important because we lost three players, Kyle (Blanchard), Luke (Youngs) and Amit (Gupta) from last year and we have kind of gone back to basics and put our faith in the youngsters and the youth that have come through the club in the last few years.”
One of the players that came through the youth set up is all-rounder Dan Pass, who scored an unbeaten 33 in a crucial unbroken eighth wicket partnership of 65 with Dellar before taking 2-51 in Lakenheath’s innings to help secure victory.
The following day, Pass scored an unbeaten 134 for Haverhill’s Sunday first team (his first ton for the club) sharing a staggering unbroken 241 run partnership with Dave Humphrey (108no).
The likes of Pass are key to Haverhill’s future, as Dellar explained: “Dan Pass is one of a few that can bat and bowl with real purpose at the club and he is able to bat and bowl to a very high standard.
“Age is on his side and hopefully his development can be a key component to our development and drive up the leagues.
“It’s nice to see a lot of our younger members at the club coming through and being able to play first team cricket and play it well.
“It’s something we want to be, a leading force locally in bringing younger players through and just pushing them on.”
As for Saturday’s match, Dellar said: “I know on our day we can beat anyone in the league, I’m quite confident of saying that. We’ve just got to do our thing and be disciplined and work hard.”
Haverhill XI: Powell, Hartshorn, Savage, Dellar, Poole, Phillips, Dovaston, Pass, B Wilkins, Woodley (c), C Brunning.