Mildenhall slip to their first loss of the campaign

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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Mildenhall 186 lost to Sudbury 190-4 by six wickets: Mildenhall suffered their first defeat of the season at the expense of Sudbury, who maintained their 100 per cent winning record.

The top-of-the-table clash in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One was played in blustery conditions on Saturday, with Hall asked to bat first.

Sudbury’s Jonny Gallagher and Billy Moulton-Day used the conditions admirably as Tom Westley and Adam Trett were unable to put runs on the board until the sixth over.

Sudbury had their first success when Trett (2) edged to wicketkeeper Steve O’Brien and, with 25 runs on the board, Ben Shepperson (6) played a similar shot.

Kobus Scholtz joined Westley and the pair began to get the run-rate going, only for Schulz to mistime a shot and be caught by Ben Reece off James Poulson for 14.

Westley, having weathered the early storm, began to play shots around the ground until he got an inside edge and played on to be bowled by Darren Batch for 46.

Frannie Bester edged a ball to O’Brien to give Moulton-Day his second wicket and leave the home side on 90-5.

Karl Holmes (11) and Tom Allen (3) were both adjudged lbw, but Steve Lankester aggressively made 44 runs before he was caught by Moulton-Day off Poulson.

James Holmes carried on in the same vein, but he eventually perished in the 49th over for 29 when he was caught by Jones off Batch.

Duncan Fraser (8) gave Sudbury maximum bowling points when he danced down the wicket in the last over and was stumped.

In reply, Westley ran out James O’Brien (2) with just 10 on the board, but a wicket each for Tom Allen, James Holmes and Shepperson was not enough to propel them to victory as Batch (81no) led Sudbury home.

n Luke Turner hit 90no as Mildenhall II (224-4) defeated Mistley II (165-7) by 59 runs in Division Three.

Ashley Clarke (39), Andy Squire (25), Martin Taylor (24no) and Matt Webb (22) supported him.

n Mildenhall IV (141-8) went down at Nowton (145-3) by seven wickets in Division Seven, with Lou Handy top-scoring for Hall with 22.

Laron Kretzmann (55no and 5-48) and Mark Ainsley (49no) were the star performers for Nowton.

n Mildenhall Ladies (61) suffered a heavy defeat at Easton (174-6) in the Ladies’ Challenge, despite 3-26 from Kayleigh Francis.

n Ben Shepperson (80), Kobus Scholtz (74), Matt Allen (60no) and Frannie Bester (41) led Mildenhall Sunday (265-4) to a 77-run victory over Cavendish, while captain Mark Thurston claimed 5-26 with the ball.