MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Worlington 111 lost to Mildenhall 189 by 78 runs: Mildenhall were victorious in their first-ever meeting with Worlington at the highest level of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.
Worlington had an early success when Adam Trett (2) edged a low catch to Ziaf Kulasi at slip off Sean Cooper.
Ben Shepperson (26) skied the ball to Darren Hayward and Frannie Bester (12) slashed one off Noor Mudassir to Alex Watson at deep gully.
Ryan Clark (4) feathered a catch to Richard Ford off Mudassir (2-53) and Tom Allen was bowled for one by Cooper to leave Hall on 62-5.
Kobus Scholtz and Steve Lankester raised 100 for Mildenhall, but Worlington struck back with Cooper (4-50) bowling Lankester (24) before captain Karl Holmes (11) and Scholtz added 44 in eight overs.
Scholtz was eventually was caught at deep square leg by Kulasi off Carl Manels (1-34) for a fine 61.
James Holmes (32no) batted aggressively, but when Jamie Allen (5) was caught by Cooper off Graham Ford (1-2), Mildenhall were all out for 189.
In reply, Worlington’s Graham Ford (0), Richard Ford (1), Chris Baugh (0) and Kulasi (4) were gone with 14 runs on the board — all to James Holmes.
Cooper and Jimmy Watson restored order to the innings until Scholtz’s introduction strangled the run-rate.
Cooper(23) tried to break free at the other end and gave Shepperson an easy catch off Tom Allen (2-33), who picked up a second wicket when Hayward (6) offered a slip catch to James Holmes.
Scholtz (1-18 off 11 overs)had Alex Watson (7) caught by Tom Allen before Jimmy Watson reached a well-made half-century and got his team to 100.
However, with the introduction of Lankester, Watson danced down the wicket and was stumped by Karl Holmes for 55.
Worlington’s resistance was gone and Lankester (2-10) removed Craig Woollard (4) before James Holmes (5-29) returned to wrap things up with his fifth wicket.