Winning run comes to end as Long Melford fall short

GOOD DAY: Gareth Boon was the pick of the bowlers for Long Melford, who finished 4 -48
GOOD DAY: Gareth Boon was the pick of the bowlers for Long Melford, who finished 4 -48

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION TWO

Haverhill 191-9 beat Long Melford 175-8 by 16 runs.

Long Melford’s two game winning run came to an end on the road at Haverhill after falling short by 16 runs on Saturday.

The result leaves them fifth in the league on 73 points, and they will host second-place Braintree tomorrow.

Long Melford skipper Stuart Whitehart won the toss, asking Haverhill to bat.

Opening the bowling with Gareth Boon and James French, French took a wicket with his second ball, a catch held low at cover by Adam Matthews.

Boon had the other opener caught at point, Steve Martin holding a skied catch.

An lbw appeal rejected but an edge behind to Chris Cleverley off Boon saw the number four batsman return adding just six runs.

Two overs later and Boon struck again, the Haverhill’s number three bowled out for seven from 34 balls after nearly an hour at the crease.

Bowling changes came after 20 overs but the Haverhill middle order persisted, both number five and six batsmen registering 48 runs apiece.

An excellent reaction caught and bowled from Barnard, an LBW won by Jason Wade and the Melford bowlers were into the tail with Haverhill at 125 for 6 from 35 overs.

The tail had different ideas and some big hitting saw them register a final total of 191-9 from 45 overs.

The pick of the bowling was Gareth Boon, who in 13 overs had three maidens, finishing on 4-48.

After the interval, Melford openers Steve Martin and Tom Barnard began to build a solid reply.

At over 12, Barnard turned to take a third run against the boundary fielder and despite being sent back by Martin was run out short of his ground.

Adam Matthews was then given lbw two balls later and the home side had their tails up. Jo Harvey arrived but with Martin Edging to slip and Sarmad Murtaza LBW four overs later, he was left looking for partners.

The skipper Whitehart obliged & with some fabulous stroke play from Harvey the score began to climb.

At 50 from 61 balls in 62 minutes, Harvey looked to guide the Melford side home.

The first loose shot of his innings however, ended his innings for an entertaining 63, comprising 10 fours.

With time and wickets running out, the tail added only 30 runs resulting in Melford falling short by 16 runs.

n There was success for the Long Melford II, who defeated Ipswich Thirds by 158 runs in Division six, their fourth win from four.

Cameron Darling Stace(75), Bill Byford(40)and Matthew Hoadley (71) helped Long Melford to 248-8, while Ipswich were all out for 86.