Rollercoaster ride ends in a crucial Hall victory

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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Mildenhall 267-7 beat Wivenhoe 213 by 54 runs: Mildenhall endured a rollercoaster innings before going on to record a crucial victory over Wivenhoe at Wamil Way.

From 28-3, Kobus Scholtz and Adam Trett set about a recovery and added 90 runs before a wrong call led to Scholtz being run out for 66.

Captain Karl Holmes (0) was bowled, but Ryan Clark (13) gave good support to Trett.

James Holmes’ quick-fire 54no and Tom Allen’s 18 added to Trett’s 80 as Hall closed on 267-7.

Wivenhoe saw off the Mildenhall opening attack, reaching 50 without loss.

The hosts finally got a breakthrough when Jordan Elliott was caught by Luke Turner off Ben Shepperson (3-104) for 41.

Scholtz (6-50) trapped M Condon (6), but Wivenhoe passed 100 without further loss and appeared poised to take control.

However, Mildenhall hit back thanks to great catches in the field from Alex Reynolds and Shepperson.

Ryan Savill (68) hit 10 boundaries, including five sixes, before holing out to Turner off Scholtz.

This saw the pace of the run chase slow and, with Allen, Turner, Jack Bowman, Karl Holmes and Scholtz holding on to five more catches, Wivenhoe were bowled out for 213.

n Mildenhall II (239-9) defeated Division Three leaders Long Melford (209-9) by 30 runs to move above the villagers into second.

Ashley Clark (59) and Steve Lankester (55) both hit half-centuries, before Lankester took 4-33 to restrict Melford.

n Kevin Pearson (65) helped Mildenhall III (200-5) see off Witham (143) in Division Five with his best knock of the season, well supported by James Taylor (44) Kieren Davis (37) and Matt Allen (29).

Martin Taylor (2-18 in 15 overs) created pressure at the top of the innings and Andrew Zajac took 5-42.

n Mildenhall IV (158) lost at Elveden (188-8) by 30 runs in Division Seven, despite a third-wicket stand by Lou Handy (47) and Paul Thurston (46).

n Mildenhall Ladies (72) suffered a home defeat to Easton (74-5), despite the best efforts of Angela Jiggings (29) and Megan Arnold (three wickets).

n Mildenhall Sunday (172-4) continued their winning ways in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One when overcoming Walsham-le-Willows (171), with Lee Chipchase (4-32), Jordan Francis (50no) and Frannie Bester(49) starring.

n Captain Andy Francis (63 and two stumpings), Ben Tippett (47), Kieren Davis (46 and four catches) Steve Hunt (30), Steve Ready (4-18) helped Mildenhall Sunday II (233-7) see off Nowton (174-9) in Division Three, with Kieran Harris (63) and Simon Lord (38) top-scoring for Nowton.