Halliday sets new highest score
SIMON Halliday set a new individual record score for Suffolk Over-50s as they beat Cambridgeshire by 107 runs at Ipswich CC on Wednesday.
Halliday scored an unbeaten 142, just three weeks after Neil Hames had set a new Over-60s best with 174 not out against Leicestershire Over-60s.
Halliday, who had also scored a century against Norfolk at Clay Hall in 2009, shared a 100-run partnership for the first wicket with Colin Walters, whose share was 50. Then skipper Tony Stubbs came to the crease to compile an unbroken second-wicket stand of 181 with Halliday. Stubbs ended unbeaten on 63.
Suffolk’s 45-over total of 281 for one was more than enough. Opening bowlers Nigel Dennis and Colin Scott kept things tight at the start then spinners Ian Booth and Guy Robins got to work.
Booth made the breakthrough when he had the dangerous Nigel Gadsby stumped by stand-in wicket-keeper Halliday. He took a return catch in the same over on his way to claiming four for 39, while Robins ripped through the middle order with four for 17.
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The visitors were 116 for nine when a last-wicket stand of 58 took them to a degree of respectability at 174 for nine at the close.
Suffolk’s next match is away to Bedfordshire on June 22 as they try to improve on their record of three wins and one defeat to secure a place in the national knock-out stages.
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Suffolk Over-50s 281 for 1 (S Halliday 142no, T Stubbs 63no, C Walters 50). Cambridgeshire 174 for 9 (M Ketteridge 45, A Rodger 33no, I McNaulty 27no, N Gadsby 27, G Robins 4 for 17, I Booth 4 for 39). Suffolk won by 107 runs.
Suffolk Over-60s suffered another narrow defeat at the hands of Middlesex at Stowmarket.
Brian Cole (9-3-32-0) and Alan Burt (9-1-35-0) were economical as the visitors reached 25 overs with just 80 on the board, but then John Haskell hit out to reach 106 not out as the innings closed on 245 for four.
Neil Hames (37), Rick Jones (59), Dick Bond (52) and Andy Morgan (30) took Suffolk to a promising 175 before the fourth wicket fell, but the rest of the innings fell away disappointingly.
The final wicket fell with the total at 234 to lose by 11 runs.
Suffolk go to Dereham to take on Norfolk tomorrow.
Team: Peter Webb, Alan Burt, Stuart Carpenter, Mark Sargeant, Brian Cole, Derek Messent, Tony Cornell, Bruce Tompkins, Dick Bond, Ray Black and Andy Morgan.
The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Over-60s could only manage a draw against Richard Kemp’s XI at Long Melford last Wednesday.
Richard Kemp’s XI 199 (T Cornell 39, S Marks 39, A Kemp 27, T Cant 25, J Stonehouse 5 for 70, M Southwell 2 for 26). Two Counties Over-60s 142 for 5 (B Robinson 37no, R Ratford 35, A Cooke 23, T Cant 3 for 29). Match drawn.
The Two Counties Over-50s defeated Norfolk Over-50s by six runs in an entertaining match at Frinton last Thursday.
Two Counties Over-50s 157 for 9 (E Dunkley 61, P Patel 31, A Mills 24no, G Webster 4 for 34, B Hunt 2 for 34, N Wynn 2 for 45). Norfolk Over-50s 151 for 6 (R Eagleton 38, B Ball 33, R Yates 23, S Bulger 3 for 32, I Johnson 1 for 21, C Hills 1 for 32). Two Counties won by 6 runs.