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Stradbroke (159) suffered a 47-run defeat at Haverhill III (206-8) in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Nine West on Saturday.

CAPTAIN: Matt Wise
CAPTAIN: Matt Wise

The hosts play their cricket in a neighbouring village to Haverhill, on a very rural ground. The outfield bore the scars of a drought, yet the pitch did not misbehave.

It turned from ball one, which with Stradbroke having just three front-line bowlers, two of which were spinners, evened up the contest.

Josh Franklin-Mann (4-44), made the ball talk and George Fredric – on debut – took 2-63, as well as two catches.

Short boundaries dictated batting style, 10 sixes were hit in the game, crucially four of them by Haverhill’s Simon Hird, whose late 39 took the game away from the visitors after Mick Franks (35), Arvid Gundersen (40) and Oliver North (30) all made telling contributions.

Chasing over 200, Michael Hugman hit a brisk 26 before the home bowlers had settled, but once they took pace off the ball they regained control.

Simon Higgins hit a patient 50, but wickets fell as Stradbroke tried to meet the asking rate, as Franks took 4-18 with his occasional off-spin.

Stradbroke will be at home tomorrow when Woolpit IV will visit (1pm).

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