Time is called on Worlington’s victory charge in bizarre end

SO CLOSE! Lakenheath's Prince Akolade cannot believe he is denied a Mildenhall wicket before their match was abandoned on Saturday
SO CLOSE! Lakenheath's Prince Akolade cannot believe he is denied a Mildenhall wicket before their match was abandoned on Saturday

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Worlington 274-8 Witham 115-9 Match abandoned: Worlington were just one over from victory when their home encounter with Witham was bizarrely abandoned on Saturday.

As per the competition rules, matches must be completed by 8pm, but with multiple stoppages for rain, the deadline drew ever closer.

Worlington were unable to complete their penultimate over in time and as such the match was abandoned.

Earlier in the day, Worlington had posted 274-8 in 45 overs thanks to Jimmy Watson (90), Chris Baugh (64) and Richard Ford (41).

Sean Cooper (3-37), Craig Woollard (3-46) and Nathan Twiddy (2-21) struck during Witham’s innings, but the 8pm deadline passed 
before the final over could be bowled.

n Worlington progressed to the regional final of the Davidstow National Village Cup, where they will face the winners of the Belhus/Mistley tie in a home fixture on Sunday, June 8 (1pm).

n Mildenhall’s derby date with near-neighbours Lakenheath in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One was abandoned after Hall had batted.

Kobus Scholtz smashed 10 fours and five sixes on his way to 95 before being caught in the deep by Paul Pallant off Matt Barber, while Luke Turner struck 46 as Mildenhall recorded 219-8.

Any chance of a challenge by Lakenheath was ruined when rain caused the game to be abandoned at tea.

n A collapse from Woolpit II helped Mildenhall II to a nine-wicket victory in Division three.

Woolpit reached 70-2 before dropping their last eight wickets for 36 runs — including four run-outs — and Hall made light of the chase with Matt Webb (46), Jordan Francis (29no) and Andy Squire (21no) guiding the away team home.

n Mildenhall III (173-5) won at Nacton (146) in Division Five.

James Taylor (84), Matt Allen (53), Andrew Zajac (5-34) and Jon Allen (4-44) starred.