Mildenhall juggernaut will be hard to stop
Mildenhall went on a run spree last weekend, scoring 640 runs and winning both their matches, writes Ron Raisey.
On Saturday they travelled to Braintree, winning by 148 runs. Mildenhall 344-8 Joe Reed 162, Braintree 196, Joe Reed 4-36.
On Bank Holiday Monday they annihilated Mistley, winning by 265 runs. Mildenhall 296-5, Steve Taylor 103, Peter Worthington 58, Mistley 31, Peter Worthington 3-1, Joe Reed 3-3. This Saturday they are at home to Coggeshall.
Worlington travelled to Copford and came away victorious by four wickets. Copford 223-9, Worlington 227-6, Richard Ford 59, Ben Hyde 50, Graham Ford 48no. Another trip to Essex this Saturday, this time to Wivenhoe
Halstead lost to a rampant Witham by eight wickets. Halstead 173-9, Goush Raviendran 33, Witham 174-2.
Next is a trip to Hadleigh.
Haverhill entertained Hadleigh and beat them by seven wickets. Hadleigh 144-9, Kyle Tanner 53no, Mark Simmonds 45, Will Bailey 3-8. Haverhill 146-3 Dan Pass 43, Anthony Phillips 40.
I umpired this one and a number of injudicious shots early on saw Hadleigh 6-4 after just six overs and they had the partnership between Tanner and Simmonds to thank for posting a total for their bowlers to at least try and defend.
Haverhill have another home game this week, this time against Copford while Hadleigh welcome Halstead.
In Division Two, Exning lost to Elmstead by five wickets. Exning 56, Matt Catley 26, Elmstead 57-5, Daniel Baigent 4-11. A visit to Easton is the next away day.
Lakenheath were beaten by Ipswich & East Suffolk, losing by three wickets. Lakenheath 169-6, Michael Reeve 46, Ipswich & East Suffolk 170-7, Sam Bowers 2-30. Next up is a visit to Maldon.
Long Melford were well beaten by Maldon, losing by 10 wickets. Long Melford 111, Dale Brett 31, Steve Martin 30, Maldon 112-0. This Saturday is away at East Bergholt.
Mildenhall are currently sitting on top of Division One with our other four local sides bunched together in mid-table.
In Division Two, unfortunately, our three teams occupy three out of the bottom four places.
It’s early days yet but Mildenhall look to be the strongest of our sides in the top division, with both Joe Reed and Steve Taylor having centuries to their names. Taylor, Kyle Morrison and Peter Worthington are an impressive spearhead to the bowling attack.
Altogether a very good all round side who will be hard to beat.
It would be wrong of me not to mention the excellent Haverhill tea that I enjoyed last Saturday.
I have given the boys plenty of stick over one particular brand of sandwich that appeared last season but last week was very good although Adam: no more awful tasting popcorn, please!
Saturday sees me umpiring at Wamil Way, Mildenhall, for the visit of Coggeshall, which promises to be an entertaining match. Must remember to keep my speed down - last time I umpired at Mildenhall I got done for speeding!