Three wins out of three for Coggeshall, Haverhill and Woolpit

Batsman Mark Burch, who scored 51 of Ipswich's whole total of 81 all out in a defeat to Halstead. Pi

Batsman Mark Burch, who scored 51 of Ipswich's whole total of 81 all out in a defeat to Halstead. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Coggeshall and Haverhill are joint top of Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, following the first three matches of the season, although Woolpit have also chalked up three wins from three fixtures in third spot.

Woolpit won by six wickets at home to Lakenheath, who were restricted to 148 for five after Chris Baugh (41) and Dom Palmer (39) had put on 67 for the first wicket.

Will Parker bowled a very economical 10 overs for just 23 runs, while Barry Collins took two for 38 off his 10 overs.

Woolpit lost regular wickets in their reply, after skipper Parker (24) and Andy Northcote (10) had shared an opening stand worth 37. But despite slipping to 70 for four, Ryan Newcombe (48no) and Tom Sidhu (29no) saw Woolpit to victory with six wickets and nine balls in hand.

Above them, Coggeshall beat Maldon by five wickets to record a third successive win. Maldon made 130 for nine off their reduced 35 overs, although they were indebted to a fine 41 not out from Matt Coppen at No. 9.

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Nick Van Hooutteghem starred with the ball, posting figures of 10-2-32-5, and Coggsehall then breezed home on 131 for five off 31.4 overs.

Skipper Rob Jagger top-scored with 51 at the top of the innings, while William Blackwell saw the home side home with an unbeaten 31.

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Haverhill maintained their 100% record with a 40-run success at home to Mistley.

After being reduced to a precarious 26 for four, Haverhill rallied thanks to 75 from Adam Dellar, who shared stands of 56 with James Boulton (30) and 83 with Rajan Singh (37) for the fifth and sixth wickets. The hosts posted a total of 202 for eight.

Mistley were pegged back to 162 for nine off their 50 overs, Khalipha Cele top-scoring with 58 at No. 4. Simon Nicholson took three for 29 off eight overs.

Ipswich lost by two wickets at Halstead in a low-scoring match that saw 18 wickets fall for just 166 runs. Mark Burch (51 at No. 4) dominated Ipswich’s modest 81 all out, Joshua Wells posting 10-5-10-4 and Lewis Brennan 6-1-17-3.

In reply, Rob Southall took four for 21 off his 10 overs, and Ismal Mohammed three for 15 off seven oves, but skipper Wells (39) saw Halstead home.

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