Mildenhall march on with good start thanks to a home triumph

HITTING OUT: Ben Shepperson attacks the Haverhill bowling
HITTING OUT: Ben Shepperson attacks the Haverhill bowling
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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Mildenhall 256-9 beat Haverhill 235-7 by 21 runs: Mildenhall stretched their winning start to the season to three matches and leave them a point behind leaders Sudbury in Division One.

Frannie Bester (9) was well caught by Liam Botten off Joe Woodley before Ben Shepperson and Adam Trett took the home side past 50.

Trett was dismissed for a well-made 33 when a ball from Neil Brunning rose sharply from the bat and Kyle Blanchard moved quickly forward, dived and caught the ball.

Kobus Scholtz (2) and Ryan Clark (2) soon, but Karl Holmes and Shepperson added 45 and appeared to be launching the Mildenhall innings.

Haverhill struck back as Shepperson (63) cut a ball straight to point and was caught by Woodley off Wilkins and Holmes (21) edged a ball from Brunning to Gupta at slip to leave Mildenhall teetering on 140-6.

Steve Lankester and Tom Allen regained the initiative, adding 90 in 15 overs that also saw Lankester reach his half-century before he was caught by Botten off Dan Poole for 51.

James Holmes added 21 in 11 balls and, with eight balls to go, Allen (38) was caught by Poole off Dan Pass.

Duncan Fraser holed out on the last ball of the innings, by which time Mildenhall had amassed 256.

James Holmes trapped dangerous opener Adam Dellar (4) lbw early and two pieces of exceptional fielding accounted for the next two wickets — the first a superb extra-cover catch by Scholtz, the second a direct run-out from the boundary by Fraser.

Anthony Phillips and Luke Youngs accumulated 61, but the required run-rate was starting to climb.

Scholtz bowled Phillips for 28 and Mildenhall persisted with their defensive plan and were content for Haverhill to take singles.

Botten (13) Poole (18) and Pass (12) all fell to 
Shepperson (3-44) in an effort to chase down the runs and although Youngs reached his century, Haverhill closed 21 runs short for the loss of three wickets.