Mildenhall’s title hopes ended after defeat to new champions

AWAY DEFEAT: Mildenhall's Tom Westley (0-25) in action during their eight-wicket defeat at Sudbury on Saturday
AWAY DEFEAT: Mildenhall's Tom Westley (0-25) in action during their eight-wicket defeat at Sudbury on Saturday
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Marshall Hatchick - Two Counties Championship Division One Sudbury 187-2 Beat Mildenhall 186 By Eight Wickets

Mildenhall’s slim title hopes were brought to an end after an eight wicket defeat away at Sudbury saw them crowned Division One champions.

Joe Reed opened the innings for Mildenhall and showed his intent immediately with two boundaries in the first over.

The title-chasing hosts were then given a boost in the next over when fellow opener Tom Westley was adjudged for LBW to Jonny Gallagher.

Steve Taylor joined Reed and the pair eased the score into the 40s, before the former hit two maximums off the bowling of Akeal Hosein.

Sudbury’s second bowling change proved more fruitful as Tom Huggins dismissed Taylor (27) with his second ball, with Ben Shepperson (nine) next to depart.

Soon after, a poor call resulted in Luke Turner (two) being run out, as Mildenhall slipped to 77-4.

Reed took control again as he fired the ball across all parts of the Sudbury ground.

The Mildenhall opener dominated a century partnership with Tom Allen, hitting 71 of the runs before being caught out by Huggins for 104.

Reed’s dismissal signalled a batting collapse for Mildenhall, as they lost six wickets for just eight runs to finish on 186.

And despite two wickets from Taylor (2-20) to restrict Sudbury to 30-2, Nathan Poole (81 not out) and Hosein (77 no) drove the home side to victory, and with it the Division One title with one game to spare.

n Ryan Clark top scored with 47 as Mildenhall II suffered a 10-wicket defeat at home to Braintree, while Alex Wilkens (41), James Taylor (37) and Lou Handy (31 no) helped Mildenhall III draw at Felixstowe.

n Reed made the fastest hundred of the season as Mildenhall Sunday ran out eight-wicket winners against Woolpit, while Taha Ahmed (107) also compiled a three figure score in Mildenhall Sunday’s seven-wicket victory against Edwardstone.

n Mildenhall Ladies made it three wins in a row as Fliss Cleverley (24 no) saw them beat Thriplow by six wickets.