James Stamatis century steers Mildenhall to EAPL derby win against Burwell & Exning
An unbeaten century from James Stamatis ensured that it was Mildenhall (284-4) who claimed the derby bragging rights against Burwell & Exning (280).
It was a high-scoring contest in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League at Mingay Park on Saturday, with more than 550 runs scored between the two local rivals, including a knock of 123 from Burwell & Exning’s Joseph Tetley.
Mildenhall won the toss and elected to field first, and the visitors made a dream start when Tom Rash (3-70) bowled out opener Jamie Seabrook for a duck.
Rash struck again to remove Tim Catley (9) and Peter Worthington (2-52) dismissed both Tom Griffiths (35) and Paul Summerskill (4) as the hosts slipped to 53-4, before an 88-run stand by Tetley and Tyron Koen (30) helped Burwell & Exning fight back.
Koen was Rash’s third victim to bring an end to the partnership, but Tetley and Edward Hyde (56) then put on 120 runs for the sixth wicket to take the home side to 261-5.
However, a four-wicket haul from Matt Allen (4-16), as well as a run out, saw the hosts score just 19 more runs as they finished all out for 280.
Mildenhall’s run chase started strongly with openers Joe Reed and Allen putting on 77 for the first wicket, before the former was bowled lbw by Koen for 63.
Allen (14) then became Koen’s second victim, before Nick Maiolo and Stamatis teamed together for a third-wicket stand of 111 runs.
Maiolo departed for 69, and Rash went for eight, off the bowling of Koen (3-47), but Worthington (23 not out) came to the crease next and he and Stamatis steered the visitors to victory with six wickets to spare.
On Saturday, Mildenhall host Frinton on Sea, while Burwell & Exning travel to Cambridge Granta (both 11am).
l In the CCA Junior League One North, Fordham (80-2) secured a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Bluntisham (78).
Jason Harding (5-17) and Harry Harvey (3-13) impressed with the ball, with Jordan Theobald scoring 44 in reply to help reach the target.