HADLEIGH CRICKET CLUB, SUFFOLK Saturday 1st XI v Braintree on Sat 21 May 2016 at 1:00pm

Match report Saturday saw the first team host Braintree at Friars Road in a very important clash at the foot of the table. After three defeats in a row, Hadleigh were desperately seeking a victory to get their season back on track. Equally, opponents Braintree were very much in need of a win and after winning the toss they opted to bat first. The ever-present Kyle Tanner was unfortunately unable to bowl due to a side strain so Mark Simmonds took the new ball in his absence and began with a tidy spell keeping things tight from his end. At the other end Luke Istead ran in with the wind behind him and beat both opening batsmen for pace on numerous occasions. Simmonds was soon rewarded for his promising start picking up the first wicket of the innings as the ball cannoned into the pads of the batsman - LBW. Braintree were able to rebuild from this early loss although never managed to break the shackles as Hadleigh captain Ben Wallis continued his fine form with the ball, giving absolutely nothing away in his spell. Despite the pressure built by Wallis, it was Tim Rix who picked up the second wicket with a straight delivery bowling out the batsman. Rix then followed up with another wicket as he caught and bowled the batsman which preceded an animated celebration - very uncharacteristic from Rix but it clearly showed what the game meant to him. At drinks Braintree were three wickets down and the match was evenly poised, forcing captain Wallis to reintroduce pace man Luke Istead in an attempt to get through the backbone of the batting lineup. After clean bowling the number four batsman off a no ball, Istead made immediate amends as he dug in a short pitched delivery which was directed straight down the throat of the one of the leagues top all rounders Mark Simmonds, who took a very good catch at deep square leg. Braintree were then able to shift the momentum and built a solid fifth wicket partnership before it was Tom Piddington's turn to get in on the act. In what was his second spell Piddington picked up his first wicket of the match with another caught and bowled for Hadleigh, before Rix was again in the thick of it again claiming his third wicket. This came courtesy of some sharp glovework down the leg-side from Callum Morrin who stumped the batsman for just 11 runs. As the innings entered the final 10 overs Wallis turned to his opening pair of the day Istead and Simmonds. Simmonds claimed the seventh wicket of the innings and his second of the day - Ben Parker with the catch at deep mid-wicket. However, after some lackluster fielding and also some good striking from the Braintree tail, the last 10 overs yielded almost 100 runs leaving Hadleigh with the task of chasing 234 for victory.

Ben Parker strolled to the middle for the fifth time this season, this time accompanied by Josh Davey who was promoted to open the batting. Parker got Hadleigh off to the dream start as he dispatched multiple deliveries to the fence showing his vast array of strokes both sides of the wicket. In a flash Parker had reached 28, all in boundaries, before he was served up a questionable high full toss which he hit straight down the throat of mid on. Davey was then joined by Tom Piddington who looked to continue where Parker had left off as he also struck a few beautiful shots which raced away for four runs. However, just as the chase was looking comfortable Piddington chipped a ball to mid-off and was out for 14. Although Hadleigh had lost two wickets there were still over 70 runs on the board and Josh Davey was batting nicely, keeping a steady head despite the constant abuse he was receiving from the fielding side. Marlon Dias who was batting at number four walked to the middle at a crucial point in the innings. This however did not stop him from demonstrating his Sri Lankan flair as he built a strong partnership with Davey, bringing back memories of the days that the pair use to open the batting together. Davey started to hit his stride and after cutting and pulling several short deliveries he passed 50 much to the delight of the spectators who could be heard chanting 'Unit, Unit, Unit' - Presumably something to do with his large frame? Dias and Davey put on a hundred and when Davey was bowled for 67, Dias went into 'biff mode' as he calls it and looked to find the boundary at any given opportunity as he also reached the half century. Simmonds played a solid support role to Dias and Hadleigh were able to knock off the winning runs with 5 overs to spare. Simmonds finishing up on 16 not out and Dias with a swashbuckling 89 not out - A fantastic innings at such a crucial time. A very big win for the first team who now have Coggeshall in their sights next week where they will look to make it 3 wins for the campaign.

Braintree Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
2nb 5w 5b 1lb 
for 7 wickets
233 (50.0 overs)
C Leech ct  T Rix 28
D Bass lbw  M Simmonds 10
D Garner b  T Rix 11
W Celiz ct  L Istead 17
R Ainsley ct  T Piddington 44
D Chalk ct  M Simmonds 27
J Newman st  T Rix 11
D Hale Not Out  27
Q Titterton Not Out  45
M Hollingsworth  
R Spalding  


Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Luke Istead10.0041141.004.10
Mark Simmonds10.0271235.507.10
Thomas Piddington10.0132132.003.20
Ben Wallis10.012500.002.50
Tim Rix10.0158319.335.80

Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 7w 6b 7lb 
for 3 wickets

(45.1 overs)
Ben Parker ct  J Newman 28 1
Josh Davey b  D Bass 67
Thomas Piddington ct  D Hale 14 1
Marlon Dias Not Out  89
Mark Simmonds Not Out  16 1
Ben Wallis  
Kyle Tanner  
Alex Milnes  
Luke Istead  
Tim Rix   1
Callum Morrin   1

Braintree Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Q Titterton8.013800.004.75
J Newman8.0147147.005.88
D Garner4.002500.006.25
D Hale7.1145145.006.28
D Bass10.0031131.003.10
R Ainsley1.001300.0013.00
R Spalding7.002300.003.29