The 2s hosted South Weald in their final home game of the season looking to maintain their impressive record at Hylands with 6 victories from 8 matches. Once again HACC Captain Stuart Whitaker won the toss, and on a very warm day, had no hesitation in batting first.
Deespite the good batting conditions HACC didn’t make a good start as both Nathaniel Bastin and Lak Gill fell early, in the same over, to leave HACC on 14-2, this left Whitaker and the new batsman Ajit Kumar at the crease. The pair combined to rebuild the innings, finding the boundary with regularity and rotating the strike well. Both passed 50s and continued in the same vein until the partnership of 219 was broken when Kumar fell for 88. After battling the heat for around 3 hours Whitaker reached a well-deserved ton with a glance to the fine leg boundary before falling for 106. Sushant Kapur (20*) finished the innings with a flourish and the innings closed on 280/5, once again a massive total for the home side.
South Weald started steadily in response but had to take risks in order to keep up with the ever-climbing rate. After striking some good looking shots Pain nicked off against the nagging line of Kumar and was shortly followed by the big hitting Stainer (4). Captain Long dug in and made a patient 18 and combined with Townsend (25) to get the total to 81-2. However, the wicket of Long caught behind off Lewis Byford and Townsend shortly after falling in the same vein to Gill left SW on 84-4. The bowling attack then demonstrated why it is regarded as the best I the league by picking off the middle and lower order without much resistance. SW were eventually 143 all out and succumbing to a 137 run defeat.
Willow Herbs victory against Rayleigh meant the 2s missed out on the title with the two early season defeats eventually came back to haunt them but they’ll aim to finish well against Rayleigh on what will be the final weekend of a very successful season.