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Defeated Stow remain top after defeat

By Sport Bury

Stowmarket (200-9) stay top the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division Four table, despite going down at Mildenhall III (258-6) on Saturday.

CRICKET - Stowmarket (Batting) v Nacton.. Pictured: Dale Watling... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2657795)
CRICKET - Stowmarket (Batting) v Nacton.. Pictured: Dale Watling... PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (2657795)

Despite having no game this weekend they will stay top as second-placed Felixstowe and Corinthians are also out of action. The rivals meet at Stowmarket on June 30.

Stowmarket have lost three games out of four in June, after a perfect start to the season with six victories.

“We had a double header at Eight Ash Green and Felixstowe at the beginning of the month, and produced our poorest performances of the last few years in those games,” said skipper Paul Blake.

“Our bowlers have been fantastic over the last few seasons, but our performances were well below par in those games.”

The pitch at Eight Ash Green proved decisive. “Last season we beat them easily over there on a poor pitch. This season the tables were turned,” said Blake.

Stowmarket bounced back with a victory against Nacton, but Mildenhall’s strength in depth proved too much last weekend.

“This month has been a bit of a reality check, but if we can replicate our results of the first half of the season in the second half, we should be challenging,” added Blake.

“There are a lot of strong sides in this division, Eight Ash Green, Coggeshall and Mildenhall especially.”

With no game this weekend, the club is planning a BBQ.

“We’ll be looking for revenge the following week when we take on Felixstowe,” said Blake.

Jordan Francis’ 109 not out proved decisive as Mildenhall set a challenging total. Adrian, Craig and Dale Watling claimed five of the six wickets, the other going to Josh Finbow.

Stowmarket’s top order started well. George Tillbrook (25), Dale Watling (42) and Kevin Holland (37) set up a chance for victory, but the innings fell away after they departed.

l In Division Nine West Stowmarket II (168) lost at home to Nowton (171-8) by two wickets, despite an improved performance where the team showed more resolve.

Nik Mayhew (49) and Andy Brown (45no) were the main scorers, with contributions from Alex Blgona (23), Ashley Lilley (16no) and Richard Baxter (17).

Nowton owed much to Daniel Walker (44no) as they just secured a win in the last over.

Paul Bird (4-28), Ashley Lilley (3-43) and Alex Johns (1-74) were the successful bowlers.

l A depleted Stowmarket Sunday (111) were well beaten at Risby (257-6), losing their Hunts County Bats Division Two fixture by 146 runs.

S Frost’s 70 was the top score for Risby. Josh Finbow (4-49) and Simon Codd (2-32) were the wicket takers.

Veteran Clive Witherly top scored with 29, Josh Finbow’s 28 being the other significant Stowmarket knock.

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