Mildenhall find their winning formula at Witham

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Witham 108 lost to

Mildenhall 225-7

by 117 runs

Mildenhall’s top-order batsmen finally came to the party after posting a total that proved beyond Witham.

Having suffered two defeats in a row, opener Alex Lack (64) and senior player Andy Squire (65), together with Erik Laubscher (37), ensured Mildenhall got runs on the board.

Chris Baird made 34no, enabling Mildenhall to close their innings on 225-7.

In reply, AJ Warraich and Jamie Allen took early wickets before Tom Allen stepped up to grab two wickets with the score on 43.

Steve Lankester trapped Hawes (21) lbw with no addition to the Witham score and the home side never fully recovered.

Laubscher produced his best spell of the season, taking 3-11, while Lankester picked up two more wickets as Witham toiled and were eventually bowled out for 108.

n Rain halted proceedings during Mildenhall II’s Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division Two derby clash with Exning at Wamil Way.

Exning’s decision to bat initially looked the wrong one when Wood attempted a lofted drive and was caught by Ben Tippett off the bowling of Martin Taylor for a duck.

Wood’s dismissal saw the arrival of the in-form Tim Catley to the crease and, together with opener Sam Readman, the pair added 94 before Readman was dismissed on 43 after being caught by Ash Clark on the boundary.

Ben Cross joined Catley and the runs continued to flow at more than five an over.

Catley reached his second consecutive century in the 39th over and Cross completed a half-century in the next over as Exning passed 200.

Cross (60) was finally out, caught in the deep by James Taylor, ending a well-made partnership of 108, but Catley majestically strolled on to an unbeaten 126 as the visitors reached 253-3.

Mildenhall’s attempt at run chasing was cut short at tea when rain forced the match to be abandoned.

n Mildenhall III saw their unbeaten record fall at the hands of Boxted in Division Five.

Boxted, batting first, made 197-7, with Joe Turner taking 3-55 and Tom Heywood 2-42 for Mildenhall.

Despite a battling 42 from Andy Francis, the visitors could not defend their unbeaten record.

n Craig Warren scored his first ever hundred as Mildenhall IV declared on 194-7.

However, the match was brought to an early end after falling victim to the weather.

n Mildenhall’s Sunday XI first team saw their Hunts County Bats Suffolk League clash with Walsham-le-Willows abandoned mid-match.

Rain also washed out Mildenhall II’s Division Three clash with Exning.