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Caught In The Middle, by Ron Raisey

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The Mildenhall juggernaut rumbles on, completely outplaying a weakened Coggeshall side, winning by six wickets. Coggeshall 147, Tom Allen 2-12, Mildenhall 151-2, Steve Taylor 91no.

Worlington travelled to Wivenhoe and were well beaten by six wickets. Worlington 232-5, Graham Ford 77no, Richard Ford 63, Wivenhoe 236-4 Jimmy Watson 2-35.

This Saturday they play host to their near neighbours Mildenhall.

Hadleigh entertained Halstead and were beaten by 66 runs, once again their batting let them down.

Halstead 194, Harry Veal 78, Luke Istead 5-28, Hadleigh 128, Mark Simmonds 36.

Hadleigh next travel to bottom of the table Mistley.

Haverhill unluckily lost to Copford by just three runs, Copford 255-7, Ben Wilkins 2-52, Haverhill 252-9, Adam Dellar 90. It’s the short journey to Halstead for them this Saturday.

Now on to Division Two and starting with Lakenheath who were well beaten down at Maldon, losing by 190 runs.

Maldon 248-9, Shane Leech 4-37, Lakenheath 58. Shane seems to be in the side for his bowling this season. The visitors this week are newly promoted East Bergholt.

Long Melford lost to East Bergholt by 93 runs, East Bergholt 210-5, Long Melford 117, Adam Matthews 46. Melford make the short journey to Ipswich this weekend.

Finally, Exning lost to Easton by eight wickets, Exning 127, Easton 131-2. Exning this week host Ipswich & East Suffolk.

The game of the day should have been at Wamil Way, but Mildenhall, missing Peter Worthington and Hamzah Ikram, proved to be far too strong for a Coggeshall side missing four regulars.

Even at this early stage Mildenhall are establishing themselves as the team to beat, definitely the top Suffolk side at the moment.

Worlington will be trying to beat Mildenhall on Saturday, but on Sunday they are at home to Essex side Belhus in the National Village Cup starting at 1pm.

The 40-over format should suit Worlington, who have always performed well in this competition and indeed have beaten their opponents twice in previous years.

I have been invited to umpire this game and already I am looking forward to another superb Worlington tea.

I can’t mention Worlington without further news leaking out about the ‘celebrity’. A very reliable source has told me about a domestic incident, which I will call Spaghetti-gate for want of a better title.

It appears this happened close to the Suffolk/Norfolk border and involved a very badly burnt pan of minced beef. It seems our celebrity hotfooted it back to Suffolk totally unfulfilled.

My source has assured me that any further tales of our man will be emailed to me so I can keep you all informed.

This Saturday I will be umpiring at Lakenheath in Division Two and this will be my first look at East Bergholt.

From the comments I get going round the grounds, you do seem to enjoy this column. If you have anything you would like to say, please email me at ronald.raisey@jpress.co.uk

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