Rivals unable to punish Mildenhall for defeat

ALL OUT ATTACK: Jamie Allen hurls a fast ball at a Clacton batsman during their clash at Wamil Way on Saturday. Picture by Richard Marsham

ALL OUT ATTACK: Jamie Allen hurls a fast ball at a Clacton batsman during their clash at Wamil Way on Saturday. Picture by Richard Marsham

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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Copdock & OI 175 Mildenhall 166-9

Copdock & OI won by nine runs

MILDENHALL were not punished for their slip at Copdock & OI as title rivals Wivenhoe also lost, keeping Steve Lankester’s side at the top of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties League Division One table.

After a rain delay, Mildenhall were put into the field. Lennox Lwana (4-27) struck in his first over, bowling H Thomas for a duck. With Tymal Mills in support at the other end, the opening attack gave the Copdock batsmen a torrid time.

Lwana hit the stumps again in the eighth over when he sent Copdock’s other opener, Gravell, back to the pavilion for 12, as the bowler produced one of his best displays of the season.

He struck timber yet again as he dismissed two more top order Copdock batsmen to leave the home side on 36-4.

Swallow (26) and Burch (21) recovered the innings and took the score past 50, but both were dismissed in quick succession, by Joe Reed and AJ Warraich respectively.

The home side reached the halfway mark in their allotted overs on 75-6 and it got worse when Kingstone (7) lofted a catch to Reed off Warraich.

Copdock were on the brink of disaster at 86-7, but Rice and East began a fightback, adding 46 before Warraich returned the favour to Reed by holding a catch to dismiss Rice (27).

Jenkin (22no) and East added another crucial 23 runs to get Copdock past 150 before the latter, with a well-made 29, holed out to Chris Baugh off Reed.

Jenkin was allowed to take advantage of a couple of loose overs from Ben Shepperson before captain Steve Lankester stepped up to get the last wicket with only his second ball.

Any thoughts that Mildenhall would dominate were soon dispelled when, in his first over, Jenkin dismissed Reed (3).

In the same over, Jenkin comprehensively beat Alex Reynolds (0) to knock over the batsman’s off-stump.

Ben Shepperson (18) looked to be leading a recovery, until he was controversially adjudged lbw to Jenkin.

James Holmes (23), Baugh (26) and Lankester (0) all fell to mirror Copdock at 86-7.

Andy Squire and Lwana raised the score to 132 before Squire’s resistance was broken and Swallow bowled him for 26.

Lwana tried the aerial route but was caught on the boundary for 21 by Thomas off Jenkin.

Mildenhall were 44 runs short with one wicket left, but try as they might Warraich (18no) and Mills (12no) could not produce a fairytale finish.

DIVISION THREE

Mildenhall II 212-4 Clacton II 210-8

Mildenhall won by six wickets

MILDENHALL continued to close in on promotion with a six-wicket win at home.

The visitors batted first and ran up a respectable 210-8. Lewis Kirk top scored for Clacton with 79.

Mildenhall’s opening bowlers Andy Youngs and Jamie Allen each took three wickets.

In reply, Steve Grinling (34) and Ryan Clark (39) gave Mildenhall a steady start. However, vice-captain Adam Trett (70no) was the stand out batsman.

Jason Moore added good support with 40 as Mildenhall completed their run chase with three overs to spare.

DIVISION FIVE

Bury St Edmunds III 157-9

Mildenhall III 158-5

Mildenhall won by five wickets

MILDENHALL restricted their opponents to 157-7. For Bury, O Grisby (59) hit a half-century, while for Mildenhall there was some economical bowling from Lily Reynolds, Ben Tippet and Tom Allen, the latter picking up two wickets. Lee Chipchase also took two wickets in his long spell.

With the top order failing, Mildenhall were thankful that Jon Giffen stood tall and compiled an unbeaten 84.

Latter support from Jonty Rawcliffe and skipper Lou Handy ensured Mildenhall completed a five-wicket victory in the 35th over.

DIVISION SEVEN

Mildenhall IV 222-5 St Margarets II 81

Mildenhall won by 141 runs

RUNS came from all the top order batsmen, but it was a first senior club century by Alex Lack (101no) and 47 from Taha Ahmed that allowed Mildenhall to close on 222-5.

St Margarets never got in a challenge as Martin Kingdon and Jo Turner removed both openers with just two runs on the board.

Kingdon was in top mode as he once again got five wickets for just 21 runs in 12 overs. Turner got a second wicket and Ashley Clark removed dangerman Denness for 20.

Jack Bowman took the one other wicket as St Margarets tumbled for 80.

The win leaves Mildenhall’s fourth team still in with a chance of winning their division.

HUNTS COUNTY BATS

SUFFOLK LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE

Mildenhall I 338-8

Worlington III 200-5

Mildenhall won by 138 runs

AN incredible unbeaten double century from Mildenhall’s Joe Reed was too much for Worlington’s Sunday side as the league leaders suffered their third loss of the campaign.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the hosts posted a mammoth 338-3 from their allotted 40 overs as Reed received strong support from fellow opener Ed Finnis (25).

Following two quick wickets shortly after, Worlington tried to bring themselves back into the game but when Reed was joined by Alex Lack (43no) the pair continued to pile on the misery for Worlington as their fielding became increasingly lacklustre.

In a season of milestones for Worlington, a more unwelcome record was set as Reed ended the innings on 220no — the highest individual score registered against the West Suffolk club in all competitions.

After tea, Mildenhall set a defensive field to ensure victory. Several bats made useful contributions for Worlington, but Richard Ford (24), Jimmy Watson (40), Matt Peachey (36no) and Daren Hayward (48) could only put a small dent in the run chase.

DIVISION FOUR

Sudbury II 181-9 Mildenhall II 311-8

Mildenhall won by 130 runs

NOT to be outdone by the 1st XI, Mildenhall II also posted a 300-plus score.

Ben Tippet scored the second youth century of the weekend when he hit the last ball of the innings for six to finish on 104no.

There was also a first senior half century from Taha Ahmed (57), while opener Jordan Francis rowed in with 54.

Sudbury tried valiantly to mount a response. S Nadir made 51 and opener C Holt 44. A further 36 came from C Ruffle.

However, when the sparkling spin duo of Steve Ready (3-32) and Ben Tippet (3-10) came on to bowl, Sudbury were forced to hang on from being bowled out. They finished on 181-9.