Haverhill v HADLEIGH CRICKET CLUB, SUFFOLK Saturday 1st XI on Sat 30 Apr 2016 at 1:00pm

Match report Following a comprehensive victory over Copford last weekend, the first XI were looking to make it two wins from two as they faced Haverhill away. The captain Ben Wallis lost the toss and Hadleigh were inserted to bat first, facing a different task to the week before as they looked to set a defendable total in the bright sunshine. However, after just three balls, opening batsman Ben Parker was caught down the leg side by the keeper, which brought Marlon Dias to the crease, who was moved up to number three in the batting order in the absence of Tom Piddington. Dias was also dismissed inside the first over, chipping a leg stump ball to square leg for a duck, leaving Hadleigh 0/2 from the first over. A couple of overs later, Hadleigh then found themselves four wickets down for just six runs after Luke Istead was caught at cover and Ben Wallis caught after mistiming a pull shot. This brought Mark Simmonds to the crease where he joined Josh Davey as Hadleigh looked to rebuild from the worst possible start. Both batsmen knuckled down and occupied the crease in an attempt to shift the momentum from the home side. Just as things were beginning to click for the batting side, Davey was bowled by a delivery which nipped back and beat him inside bat and pad. This created another mini collapse as both Milnes and Morrin fell soon after which left the score at 50/7 at drinks. Simmonds began to take charge and was able to manoeuvre the ball around the field before finding the confidence to begin to play his favoured cut shot. At the other end Kyle Tanner was playing a steady hand in supporting Simmonds as both batsmen looked to rebuild and set themselves up for a big last ten overs. Tanner found the boundary on a couple of occasions which immediately struck fear into the fielding side, as they were more than aware of what damage he can cause in the latter stages of the innings. Once Hadleigh had passed 100, the linchpin of the innings Simmonds was run out as he looked to up the scoring rate. However, Tanner took charge and played a crucial hand in getting the score above 140 after the 50 overs - A below par score.

Despite the lack of runs on the board, Hadleigh then took to the field feeling positive after both Simmonds and Tanner had dug them out of a hole. The latter took the new ball alongside James French in a quest for an early breakthrough. The opening spell was much improved from the previous week but with just a small total to defend it was difficult to build pressure. The captain then turned to Luke Istead who ran in hard and created chances but to no avail. The Haverhill openers had their fair share of luck also, with several balls falling short of fielders. Istead changed his plan of attack and had a burst of short pitched bowling and eventually got the breakthrough with a full ball which cannoned into the pads of the batsman, lbw - His first wicket for the club. Wallis operated from the other end, keeping things tight and was eventually rewarded with his wicket as he removed the other opener who was caught behind with a good piece of glove work by Morrin. The score continued to tick over and the total was growing ever nearer for the batting side; Wallis threw the ball to one of the batting saviours Mark Simmonds in the hope he could reproduce some of his magic from the week before with the ball - Simmonds bowled with a solid plan and was a consistent threat and was unlucky not to be given an lbw decision from the umpire. As the score passed the hundred mark, Hadleigh stalwart Tim Rix looked to find the third wicket from the other end. Both he and Simmonds managed build pressure, bowling good areas and Rix managed to get the breakthrough, forcing the batsman into a false shot - The catch taken by captain Ben Wallis. However, in the end there just wasn't enough runs on the board to defend as Haverhill reached Hadleigh's total after 43 overs with seven wickets in hand. A comprehensive victory and one which the Hadleigh side will not want to live in the memory for too long. Next up is Halstead at home, a great opportunity for the boys to bounce back and forget about this performance.

Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
6w 7b 2lb 
for 9 wickets

(50.0 overs)
Ben Parker ct Bailey 0 2 4 0
Ben Wallis ct Palmer 3 19 12 25.00 1
Marlon Dias ct Bailey 0 1 2 0
Luke Istead ct Bailey 0 3 6 0
Josh Davey b Poole 15 47 61 2 24.59
Mark Simmonds Run out  45 134 101 4 44.55
Alex Milnes ct Poole 5 10 13 1 38.46
Callum Morrin ct Kettle 0 9 8 0 1
Kyle Tanner Not Out  53 83 79 4 1 67.09
Tim Rix st Wilkins 5 8 8 62.50
James French Not Out  3 4 7 42.86

Haverhill Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
W. Bailey7.02832.671.14
C. Palmer0.0311111.000.00
J. Kettle0.0216116.000.00
D. Poole0.0129214.500.00
B. Wilkins0.0029129.000.00
D. Pass0.004200.000.00

Haverhill Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
1nb 2w  
for 3 wickets
146 (43.1 overs)
D. Pass lbw Istead 43 80 85 5 50.59
A. Phillips ct Wallis 40 90 63 4 1 63.49
C. Palmer Not Out  27 74 63 1 42.86
A. Dellor ct Rix 12 27 25 2 48.00
D. Humphrey Not Out  21 33 24 3 1 87.50
D. Poole  
B. Wilkins  
J. Ruthven  
J. Kettle  
J. Smith  
W. Bailey  


Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kyle Tanner7.032700.003.86
James French6.012600.004.33
Luke Istead8.0128128.003.50
Ben Wallis8.0221121.002.63
Mark Simmonds7.122300.003.21
Tim Rix4.0211111.002.75
Ben Parker3.101000.003.16

  • Umpire :
    S Whitfield and R Raisey
  • Scorer :
    Brian Fowler