Ben Shepperson has conceded that his Mildenhall team can take a big stride towards clinching the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title away at Wivenhoe on Saturday afternoon (1pm), writes Liam Apicella.
League leaders Mildenhall will make the trip to Essex with a three-point cushion on their hosts.
Twenty points are on offer for the victor at Rectory Road and with both sides then having only five matches left to play, Shepperson is of the opinion that Mildenhall have the chance to strike an almost fatal blow in the title race.
“We have been to Wivenhoe enough times to know that it is going to be tough,” said the skipper.
“Both teams are in good form and because of that, this is probably a sort of title decider.
“There is still plenty of cricket left to play, but it will be a big blow to them if they lose.
“Our lead might only be three points, but at this stage of the season it is actually quite a difference.”
When the teams met at Wamil Way in May, Wivenhoe recorded a 69-run victory, which is just one of two defeats that Mildenhall have suffered in the league this season.
Hamzah Ikram, who went wicketless from four overs in that game and contributed 20 runs with the bat, has been absent for Mildenhall of late with an ankle injury.
However, he has now made a sufficient recovery to return to the side at the weekend.