Braintree v Halstead Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI on Sat 20 Aug 2016 at 13.00
Halstead Cricket Club Won by 5 wickets

Match report Halstead made it back-to-back wins in a rain-affected thriller at Braintree.

The game went to the wire as the visitors successfully chased down 254 in the 46th over to aid their Division One survival campaign.

Braintree batted first, with Harry Veal striking in the first over, dismissing Leech (4).

His opening partner Fisher was watchful as the hosts lost a second wicket, Celiz (12) caught behind by Larvet Masunda off of Joe Morris.

Fisher was joined by Chalk, the latter scoring at nearly a run a ball in an innings that contained 14 fours and a six.

Freddie Statham came into the attack, bowling a tight spell that included the wicket of Fisher (26), again caught behind by Masunda.

Chalk had passed fifty, when Halstead turned to the spin of Charlie Douglas-Hughes and Chris Roper, the pair taking the wickets of Ainsley (14) and Jackson (7) respectively.

Garner (42*) helped Chalk pass his century, eventually falling for 102 with Harry Pritchard taking the catch off the bowling of skipper Josh Wells.

Australian Quincy Titterton (31) joined Garner in blasting Braintree past 200 and finishing on 253-6, with runs scored freely in the last ten overs.

Halstead will have felt they let the hosts get away from them in the dying overs, having been 176-5 from 40 overs, but started well in reply with Douglas-Hughes opening alongside Masunda.

The pair batted well together, reaching 100 without the loss of a wicket, Masunda in the process passing 50 for the first time in Division One.

It would be the Zimbabwean to fall first, having made 60 as he was caught by Celiz off of Eveling's bowling.

Mark Johnson (31) joined Douglas-Hughes, with the latter also passing fifty. The pair added 77 for the second wicket before Douglas-Hughes was dismissed by Spalding for 73.

Johnson had scored quickly but he soon followed back to the pavilion, giving Spalding a second wicket.

Josh Wells (35) and Harry Veal (22) both scored at exactly a run a ball in knocks that were heavily impacted by rain showers bringing play to a halt.

Golds returned to the attack and had both men caught, but Chris Rayner and Adam Morris steered Halstead to the all important win.

Braintree Batting
Player name RunsMB4s6sSR
3nb 1w 6b 5lb 
for 6 wickets
253 (50.0 overs)
C Leech ct  F Statham - b H Veal 4 3 3 1 133.33
G Fisher ct  L Masunda - b F Statham 26 79 60 3 1 43.33
W Celiz ct  L Masunda - b J Morris 12 20 16 2 75.00
D Chalk ct  H Pritchard - b J Wells 102 126 119 14 1 85.71
R Ainsley b  C Douglas Hughes 14 32 27 2 51.85
W Jackson ct  J Wells - b C Roper 7 13 18 1 38.89
D Garner Not Out  42 47 38 3 1 110.53
Q Titterton Not Out  31 24 22 3 1 140.91
G Eveling  
B Golds  
R Spalding  

Halstead Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Harry Veal7.0042142.006.00
Joe Morris9.0243143.004.78
Josh Wells10.0050150.005.00
Freddie Statham7.0121121.003.00
Chris Roper8.0039139.004.88
Charlie Douglas-Hughes9.0147147.005.22

Halstead Cricket Club Saturday 1st XI Batting
Player Name RMB4s6sSRCatchesStumpingsRun outs
1nb 8w 7b 8lb 
for 5 wickets
Charlie Douglas-Hughes ct  R Ainsley - b R Spalding 73 122 103 10 1 70.87
Larvet Masunda ct  W Celiz - b G Eveling 60 85 75 11 80.0 2
Mark Johnson b  R Spalding 31 45 28 5 110.71
Josh Wells ct  C Leech - b B Golds 35 64 35 5 100 1
Harry Veal ct  D Chalk - b B Golds 22 53 22 1 1 100
Chris Rayner Not Out  3 11 5 60.0
Adam Morris Not Out  6 9 8 1 75.00
Joe Morris  
Harry Pritchard   1
Freddie Statham   1
Chris Roper  

Braintree Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Q Titterton10.023000.003.00
B Golds9.0141220.504.56
D Garner5.013500.007.00
G Eveling6.0027127.004.50
R Ainsley5.003200.006.40
W Jackson2.001700.008.50
G Fisher5.003200.006.40
R Spalding4.0025212.506.25