Hadleigh pick up third win of season in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division One
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Hosts Hadleigh picked up their third Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division One victory of the season on Saturday as they overcame Maldon by 36 runs.
Luke Ibbs top-scored for Hadleigh with 28 as the home side struggled to build a commanding total, being bowled out for a modest 134 after 39 overs.
Gary Bannister took four wickets for 19 runs for Maldon, while Jon Barratt took three for 29 for the north Essex team.
In reply, Maldon’s top-four batsmen were out for just 46 and after that, with Martyn Coker scoring 15 not out, the bottom six scored just five runs between them as they were all out for 98. Kalpesh Ellis took four wickets for 10 runs.
Elsewhere, at Coggeshall, Wivenhoe defeated the home team by eight wickets.
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Matthew Condon was the Wivenhoe hero, hitting an unbeaten 99 as his team surpassed the total of 144 set by Coggeshall.
Earlier, Harry Burnett and Ryan Savill took four wickets apiece as the hosts were all out for 144, Dane Cleaver top-scoring with 36.
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The other four games in the division failed to yield a result.
In probably one of the most bizarre endings to a match in the league, the Division One match between Worlington and Witham was called off with one over remaining as the match had reached its time limit.
Worlington accrued 273 for eight off their 45 overs with Jimmy Watson hitting 90 and Chris Baugh 64, Greg Taylor taking six wickets for 82 for Witham. In reply, Witham reached 115 for nine, Kaan Hawks top-scoring with 36.
At Mistley, Sudbury were bowled out for 197, but the game failed to reach a conclusion with the contest failing to meet the 8pm cut-off point, the hosts ending on 136 for four.
The match was abandoned at Mildenhall where Lakenheath were the visitors. Mildenhall posted 219 for eight off before the weather put paid to any more action.
The match between hosts Haverhill and Frinton-on-Sea was cancelled.
On Monday, Frinton did see some action and were winners at home to Coggeshall by five wickets.
Only two players hit double figures for Frinton but that proved to be more than enough as Justin Greaves (77) and Matthew Foakes (82) helped their team to 193 for five. In reply, Coggeshall were all out for 115.
In Division Two, Frinton-on-Sea’s second team earned a resounding victory against visiting Dunmow, the hosts winning by 101 runs.
Tom Sinclair hit his highest total of the season to date, with 106 not out, and he was eventually well supported by John Hambrook, who hit 33, after the second, third and fourth batsmen posted just 36 between them.
In reply, only Dunmow’s top-three showed any resistance by reaching double figures, but they were all wiped out by Joe Fowler who racked up his best figures of the season, seven for 41, in Frinton’s victory.
That was the only game that yielded a result on Saturday with no results recorded between Broxley and Braintree, Exning and Elmstead Grasshoppers, Ipswich v Kelvedon & Feering and Ipswich and East S v Easton.
There was plenty of action in Division Three, including a dramatic victory for Woodbridge & O.W against Brightlingsea by one wicket, on Bank Holiday Monday. Brightlingsea were bowled out for 184, Jamie Barry hitting 55 and Andy Oswald taking four for 49, before last-wicket partners Nathan Jenkins and Will Crookall got Woodbridge over the line, making sure Matt Parker’s 53 and Ben Foreman’s 34 were not in vain.
Hosts Long Melford, who lost eight wickets, defeated Abberton & D by 46 runs, after setting a chase of 172.
Mildenhall won at Woolpit by nine wickets after the home team were bowled out for 106.
In reply, only Matthew Webb lost his wicket, for 49, as Jordan Francis and Andrew Squire saw their team home.
Also on Monday, Bury St Edmunds 2nds won at Needham Market by seven wickets. Bury hit 139 for seven off 45 overs, with Needham reaching 140 for three, Phil Godden hitting an unbeaten 56 on the way to victory with his team.