TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Mildenhall won by nine wickets
MILDENHALL missed out on the Division One title by a mere two points as Copdock & OI’s maximum-point victory elsewhere ultimately meant this match counted for little.
Wivenhoe won the toss and elected to bat in a rain-affected start that saw the match reduced to 90 overs.
Essex player Billy Godleman started strongly while Wivenhoe’s other opener, C Kelly (1), had by contrast started quietly and was out in the sixth over when he gloved a catch that proved easy for Baugh to hang on to and give Lennox Lwana a wicket.
Ollie Morgan joined Godleman and they raced to 70 by the 12th over, but skipper Steve Lankester and Tom Westley stemmed the flow of runs.
A tight contest continued and Godleman (101) finally made it to 100 in the 29th over, only to mistime a hook and skied a catch to wicketkeeper Karl Holmes off James Holmes.
Wivenhoe spent the rest of their 15 overs trying to increase the scoring rate and losing wickets at regular intervals. Lankester grabbed two wickets and Westley sent down 15 inexpensive overs to finish with 2-39.
At the break, there was disappointment for Mildenhall when news came through that Copdock had beaten Coggeshall and taken the title, meaning their innings was a bit of an anticlimax.
However, the spectators were entertained by some majestic batting from Westley, as he became man of the match with 71.
He and his opening partner Alex Reynolds (52no) added 110 for the first wicket.
Ben Shepperson came to the crease and created an end of season fireworks display, racing to 50 in 24 balls (a club record) and taking 30 off Godleman in one over to finish unbeaten on 65.
Coggeshall II 173-9
Mildenhall II 229-8
Mildenhall II won by 56 runs
MILDENHALL 2nd XI played their final fixture away, safe in the knowledge they had secured promotion.
An excellent opening partnership by Steve Grinling (60) and Richard Cross (64) allowed Mildenhall to post 229-8.
Coggeshall were always struggling in reply and, despite a knock of 60 by Stockton, they closed on 173-9 and lost by 56 runs.
Mildenhall III 205-7
Harwich & D 204-4
Mildenhall won by three wickets
MILDENHALL 3rd XI closed their season with a home fixture. The visitors scored a spirited 204-4 with both W Poole and G Moores scoring 60.
Mildenhall finished their match and season with a flourish. Jack Beaumont started his innings with a run of nine consecutive boundaries before falling for 61.
Jason Moore kept up the barrage of runs with a quick-fire 65 and James Taylor helped himself to 35 as Mildenhall completed their run chase in 33 overs for the loss of seven wickets.