Felixstowe captain Kyle Jay won the toss on a hard pitch at Haverhill and chose to bat.
Felixstowe were looking to bounce back from two defeats in two and a tough trip to Haverhill would provide a stern test. There was a change in the batting order with Ben Hopkins returning from two weeks away opening up with Marc Lloyd. Felixstowe found themselves in a somewhat unwanted familiar position of the 2019 with early wickets falling, Ben Hopkins (4), Marc Lloyd (20), both falling to Russell Davis, James Heathcote (4) and Adam Hopkins (10) leaving us at 60-4.
An easy scoring ground meant runs were never hard to come by with boundaries coming as soon as players cleared the inner ring. A 104 run partnership between Matthew Lawrenson (68) and Kyle Jay (59no) led the recovery on what was a nice day to bat. Some late order impetus from Dan Norman (23) led Felixstowe to 214-6. An around par score for the pitch and outfield which was difficult to stop once the runs started to flow. A great performance from where the team were at 60-4 and allowed the bowlers an unfamiliar position so far of having some runs on the board to defend.
Good bowling spells from Russell Davis, 7 overs 2-25 and Thomas Baker 12 overs 3-62 limited Felixstowe alongside excellent catching from the Haverhill team.
Felixstowe's opening bowlers got to work on defending the total with a lot of early chances being created from Charlie Hitchen however none going directly to fielders. The Haverhill openers Craig Williams and Steve Fox added a first wicket stand of 43 before a much needed wicket with Charlie Hitchen getting the wicket of Steve Fox for 21. This started a great spell of fast bowling (once the moaning about the back has stopped) picking up 3 wickets in 10 overs for 34 runs to put Felixstowe ahead of the game.
This spell was followed up very well in the middle with Kyle Jay picking up 4 wickets including the big wicket of Russell Davis who had looked as though he would pose a threat to chasing down the target before being bowled for 38. Kyle was supported well by Adam Hopkins who kept things very tight at the other end meaning riskier shots started to arrive falling behind the rate picking up two wickets for 37 off 13 overs.
Haverhill eventually fell short of the chase at 168-9 leaving Felixstowe with 19 points and a terrific performance on the back of two defeats. Felixstowe will look to continue winning form when they host Woolpit on the 1st June at Dellwood Avenue.