Halstead Cricket Club are continuing to make huge strides forward, but captain Charlie Douglas-Hughes knows tougher tests lie ahead for his team this year.

A simple win against Brockley kept Halstead top of Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division two ahead of today’s trip to Ipswich and East Suffolk and was their fifth victory in a row.

Just like their victory against Copford the week before, Halstead won without too much fuss, but Douglas-Hughes is anticipating tougher tests ahead and has warned against any sense of complacency after their recent run.

He said: “It was pretty straightforward against Brockley if I’m honest and they didn’t put up a huge amount of fight.

“It’s another good win but I’ve got to say we have played some of the weaker sides in our run of five wins and we know bigger challenges will come when we face the likes of Braintree, Kelvedon, Dunmow and Frinton seconds.

“The last two have been fairly straightforwad, but we are absolutely not sitting on any laurels.

“We are well aware that there are some big games to come."

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