HADLEIGH CRICKET CLUB, SUFFOLK Saturday 1st XI v Halstead on Sat 07 May 2016 at 1:00pm

Match report After a poor performance against Haverhill last weekend, the first team hoped to make amends in their first home game of the season against Halstead. In beautiful cricket conditions the captain Ben Wallis lost the toss and the away side elected to bat first, getting first use of what looked a fantastic surface. Tanner and Istead began well however, beating the bat on numerous occasions and it didn't take long before Istead got the breakthrough, picking up his first home wicket for the club, knocking down the stumps with a delivery which was far too good for the batsman. Tanner then ran in with some aggression from the other end, exchanging a few words with both batsmen. Istead capitalised on this as he picked up his second wicket with a fierce short delivery which took the top edge of the bat and carried down to fine leg where Tanner himself took a pressure catch. A slight recovery from Halstead meant they were only two down at the first drinks break, but two more wickets fell almost immediately after the skipper and off-spinner Wallis had the batsman caught at mid on by James French, who himself then bowled the other batsman to pick up his first pole for the club. Wallis churned out maiden after maiden and late in his spell was rewarded with his second wicket, this time caught at mid off by Tim Rix; Wallis finishing with 2/22 off his 10 overs. This saw the introduction of more spin from Ben Parker who was feeling confident after he had fielded like a champion in the first 30 overs of Halstead's innings. Parker also got in on the action as the sixth wicket fell, courtesy of a fantastic catch from Luke Istead running in from deep backward square leg. As the innings entered the final stages Istead returned to the attack and managed to pick up 3 wickets which rounded off a superb performance with the ball, ending with figures of 5/29, as Hadleigh were set a very achievable 195 to chase for victory.

Parker and Wallis opened up as they had done in the previous two games and Parker got off the mark with one of the shots of the day; an off drive which rocketed straight back past the bowler. However, the chase hit its first stumbling block when captain Wallis was caught behind for a first ball duck and this was soon followed by the loss of Tom Piddington for just 10. Josh Davey joined Ben Parker at the crease but failed to trouble the scorers as he was removed by an excellent catch at first slip for a duck, leaving the bowling hero Istead to turn his focus to batting in an attempt to offer some much needed support to Ben Parker who was batting beautifully. The pair steadied the ship with Istead striking a couple of big blows with the bat, but just as the rebuild began to show more promise, Istead was caught behind for 16. Parker had seen wickets tumble at the other end but kept his head well and reached 28 from 45 balls, looking extremely comfortable in the middle, giving hope to the batting side. However, when Parker was bowled, Hadleigh's chances of victory looked well in the balance, although this didn't stop player of the year so far Mark Simmonds from believing. Simmonds was joined by Tanner after their big partnership last week and the pair occupied the crease for some time. Tanner then attempted to clear the mid on fielder as he looked to take the game to Halstead's spinner, but he was caught and out for 8 runs. Milnes then joined Simmonds with the team score still below 100, but the pair batted for 12 overs until Simmonds was given out LBW for 36 hard fought runs. Milnes was out soon after for just 9 as Hadleigh were left 8 wickets down with only 120 on the board. The innings was then wrapped up a couple of overs later - Hadleigh bowled out for 128 in what was another weak batting performance. The team will be sure to work hard over the next week to ensure the same errors are not repeated in their trip to Mistley next weekend - a must win for the club

Halstead Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
6nb 2w 1b 3lb 
for 10 wickets
194 (48.1 overs)
C Douglas-Hughes b  J French 44
O Grayson b  L Istead 0
J Wells ct  L Istead 8
L Masunda ct  B Wallis 6
M Johnson ct  B Wallis 8
H Veal b  K Tanner 78
G Raviendran ct  B Parker 4
C Rayner lbw  L Istead 30
J Morris b  L Istead 0
A Morris Not Out  4
C Roper b  L Istead 0


Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Kyle Tanner8.0032132.004.00
Luke Istead8.113056.003.67
James French6.0120120.003.33
Mark Simmonds6.013100.005.17
Ben Wallis10.0222211.002.20
Thomas Piddington3.001600.005.33
Ben Parker7.0039139.005.57

Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
3nb 4w 4b 1lb 
for 10 wickets

(42.3 overs)
Ben Parker b  J Wells 28
Ben Wallis ct  J Morris 0
Thomas Piddington ct  J Morris 10
Josh Davey ct  J Morris 0
Luke Istead ct  J Wells 16 1
Mark Simmonds lbw  C Rayner 36
Alex Milnes ct  C Roper 8
Kyle Tanner b  C Rayner 9 1
Callum Morrin ct  H Veal 3
Tim Rix ct  C Rayner 0 1
James French Not Out  6 1

Halstead Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
H Veal6.3029129.004.46
J Morris8.002939.673.63
C Douglas-Hughes4.001600.004.00
J Wells10.0224212.002.40
C Roper10.0310110.001.00
C Rayner10.001535.001.50

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    D Bird