Halstead Cricket Club News story

Weekly round-up 12/13 July

16 Jul 2013

Performance of the week:
Batting - Justin Rose (168 no) - vs Worlington II
Bowling - Digby Harding (4-15) - vs Maldon Sunday
Fielding - Harry Pritchard (2ct 1 st) over weekend

Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship

Division One
Halstead 152 lost to 
Wivenhoe 225-4 by 73 runs

Halstead were drawn back into the relegation zone after defeat at Wivenhoe on Saturday. With both Elmstead and Ipswich winning, things tightened at the bottom of Division One.

Wivenhoe batted first, with both openers getting off to solid starts. Matt Durrell (42) and Oliver Morgan (40) flourishing in the sun. Robert Harris (2-31) bowled his usual economic spell, as he picked up the wickets of the pair, both being caught.

Michael Condy (78no) continued the good work, with Joe Fowler (37) playing a supporting role, as Halstead found wickets hard to come by. Ryan Savill (4) was trapped lbw by Digby Harding, prior to Joe Morris capturing Fowler, as Wivenhoe closed on 225-4.

Halstead lost their early wickets quickly, Paul Harris (5) and Tom Peacock (10) both falling to Tom Durrell before the scores reached 20.
Mark Johnson (12), Freddie Preston (31) and Nick Phillips (38) ticked the score along, but the required rate kept going up.

Preston and Phillips added 53 for the fifth wicket, but only Harding (40) contributed in the tail as Halstead were dismissed for 152.

Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship
Division Three
Halstead II 219-9 beat to 
Needham Market 176 by 43 runs

The second eleven secured a valuable win at home to Needham Market, thanks in part to all-round performances from Andrew Charlton and Dave Elsbury.

In batting first, plenty of the Halstead batsmen got starts yet could not convert to big scores. Will Clark (19), Graham Wickes (22) and Simon Steel (28) all doing as such at the top of the order.

With wickets falling at regular intervals, Halstead needed runs from somewhere. David Baalham (35) made a determined contribution to top score, but when Charlton (31no) and Elsbury (27no) came together, Halstead only had 173 on the board.

The pair batted sensibly and blunted the Needham attack, adding an unbeaten 52 runs for the final wicket.

Needham's reply started well if a little slowly, with S Mortimer (49) top scoring. However when the spin of Charlton (3-39)) and Elsbury (2-41) came on, the tide turned. With batsmen struggling to get runs, they had to play more attacking shots, resulting in added pressure.

Cath Dalton (3-36) picked up late wickets as Halstead bowled Needham out for 176.

Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship
Division Eight West
Halstead III 292-6 beat to 
Worlington II 291-6 by 4 wickets

The third eleven took home the spoils in a thriller at the previously unbeaten Worlington II.

Worlington won the toss and batted on a superb batting track with a lightning fast outfield, made all the quicker by the hottest day of the year. They scored runs quickly early on, and despite tight spells from Justin Rose and Callum Hansey, they looked untroubled.

Some smart fielding work from Simon Legood and Hansey got a run out, but I. Roberts (62), A Gallop (54) and B. Bowens (50no) put Halstead to the sword. It would be spin that would take the other five wickets, Sam Walter (3-58) the pick, albeit at an expensive rate, with Worlington closing on 291-6.

The early wicket of Steve Macklin (1) did nothing to encourage Halstead, though Rose (168no) and Simon Rippingale (51) dug in. The pair putting on 128 for the second wicket, with Rippingale holing out after reaching his half-century.

Ben Morris (0) went the next ball, and from here on in it seemed a case of damage limitation. Legood (11) and Alex Rippingale (10) looked to rotate the strike, but it was not until Rose reached his ton that Halstead started to believe.

Some sloppy work in the field quickly reduced the runs required, and with Harry Pritchard (11) and Mark Harris (6no) content to knock the ball around and give Rose the strike, Halstead looked in a good position to chase it down,

Rose kicked in to a higher gear and proceeded to hit Worlington bowlers all around the park. The penultimate over going for 18 meant Halstead needed just seven off the last, with Rose finishing proceedings in style with a huge straight six.

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Division One
Halstead 257-6 beat to 
Maldon 221 by 36 runs

Halstead made it three wins out of four at the weekend courtesy of big knocks from Charlie Douglas-Hughes (102) and Josh Wells (50).

Batting first was imperative and Halstead were quickly in trouble, sinking to 23-2, but Douglas-Hughes and Wells put on 109 for the third wicket.

Harry Pritchard (19) once again rotated the strike, this time for Douglas-Hughes to bring up his hundred. Digby Harding (24) and Mark Surridge (20no) added valuable runs to the end of the innings.

Maldon's dangermen were certainly their openers, C. Harris (82) and M. Coker (18). The pair played a shot a ball as they raced on, prior to Harding bowling Coker.

R. Walpole (23) rode his luck and although Halstead were taking wickets, Harris was still at the crease. Ben Roper would be the man to dismiss him, turning the tide firmly in Halstead's favour.

Harding (4-15) bowled superbly as Halstead closed out another Sunday win.