Mixed fortunes for our Division One sides last weekend but not a winner in sight for our three featured Division Two teams.
Haverhill made the short journey across to Hadleigh and came away victorious by 127 runs thanks to yet another good performance by their batsmen, this time backed up by some very good bowling.
Haverhill 277-5, Anthony Phillips 78, Chris Palmer 72, Luke Istead 2-51. Hadleigh 150, Josh Davey 64, Will Bailey 3-37, Dan Pass 3-35.
Hadleigh travel to Halstead while Haverhill face the famous Copford Oak. Mildenhall continued their race for the title with a comprehensive win over Braintree. Mildenhall 253-6, Ben Shepperson 65 Braintree 153 Kyle Morrison 4-39. This was a game played in excellent spirit. Next up is a trip to Coggeshall.
Worlington easily beat bottom side Copford by seven wickets thanks to an unbeaten century by Kiwi star Ben Hyde. Copford 226, Nathan Twiddy 4-37, Worlington 228-3, Hyde 147no. They have now won six out of the last seven matches, the other being abandoned. This Saturday joint leaders Wivenhoe are the visitors.
Halstead lost to high flying Witham by 96 runs. Witham 253-6, Charlie Douglas-Hughes 3-51, Halstead 157, Larvet Masunda 36. Hadleigh are the visitors to Star Stile this weekend.
Into Division Two and Long Melford got a good hiding when they played unbeaten Maldon, losing by 223 runs. Maldon 308-4, Long Melford 85, veteran Bill Byford 28, Steve Martin 22. This Saturday is a welcome home game against East Bergholt.
Lakenheath lost a low scoring game to Ipswich & East Suffolk, by three wickets. Lakenheath 145-9, Dominic Palmer 38, Ipswich & East Suffolk 146-7, Adam Horrex 4-47, Shane Leech 3-20. It doesn’t get any easier this week when league leaders Maldon come to play.
Finally, another defeat for bottom of the table Exning, this time to Elmstead by four wickets, despite excellent batting by the Catley brothers. Exning 183-8, Tim Catley 76, Matt Catley 56. Elmstead 184-6, S Lawson 5-48. Easton are this Saturday’s guests.
All our Division One sides look relatively safe for another season, barring major catastrophes, while Mildenhall lead the charge to the EAPL playoffs.
Things are looking a bit grim for both Exning and Lakenheath, who are in grave danger of relegation to Division Three.
I must once again congratulate the Mildenhall ladies for their superb tea last Saturday. Freshly cut sandwiches, home-made cakes (a lemon drizzle mixed with blueberries - to die for) made standing in the hot sun for more than six hours almost bearable.
I have to finish with a funny tale from that game, for which I hope my colleague Phil Smith will forgive me. The Braintree bowler raps the batsman on the pads, and appeals, the batsmen try to scamper a single but to no avail as Phil’s finger is raised. New batsman walks on, and Phil calls over to me and asks the question: “Did they cross?” A very difficult question to answer when cracking up with laughter. Sorry, Phil.