First defeat of the season sees Mildenhall drop to second spot
Mildenhall 193-8 lost to Wivenhoe 262-8 by 69 runs
Mildenhall were beaten for the first time this season in their top of the table clash with Wivenhoe on Saturday.
The visitors from Essex won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that looked like a vintage Mildenhall batting track.
It soon became apparent that their decision was fully vindicated as openers Matt Durrell and Jordan Elliott took on the best of the Mildenhall attack.
They both went beyond 50 and were in full command as they reached the 25-over point with the scoreboard reading 129-0.
Wickets soon started to fall, but they completed their 50 overs with a competitive score of 262.
Kyle Morrison was the pick of the Mildenhall bowlers as he helped himself to three of the eight wickets that fell.
Joe Reed got Mildenhall’s reply off to a positive start, but a combination of poor shot selection and the rainy conditions saw their chase stutter.
Reed was dismissed for 25, while in-form captain Steve Taylor ended up falling one short of a half-century as the home side ended up well adrift of their victory target.
It was a result that means leaders Wivenhoe have jumped above Mildenhall in the table and are now seven points clear.
n Mildenhall II eased to a 140-run win away at Easton, thanks in part to Adam Trett’s knock of 93.
With the ball, youngster Jack Bowman (5-23) impressed for Mildenhall as the home side were bowled out for 144.
n Joe Francis top-scored with 40 for Mildenhall III, but it was not enough to stop them slipping to defeat against Yoxford.
The hosts put 199-4 on the board, while Mildenhall could only muster 151 all out in reply.
n Reuben Handy (44no) Mick Saunders (35no) guided Mildenhall IV to a nine-wicket win away at East Bergholt II.
n Mildenhall Sunday II beat East Bergholt by a six-wicket margin, while Mildenhall Ladies lost by 35 runs to Ipswich.