Hadleigh were well beaten by bottom club Mistley, losing by 146 runs. Mistley 254-9, Kyle Tanner 2-26, Tim Rix 2-24, Hadleigh 108 Marlon Dias 31. Next up Braintree are the visitors.
Haverhill beat Halstead in a close encounter by two wickets. Batting first, Halstead scored 240, Oliver Grayson 92, Dan Pass 3-26, Ben Wilkins 3-36. In reply, Haverhill were 244-8, Chris Palmer 73, Joe Morris 3-31, Josh Wells 3-49. Halstead entertain newly promoted Copford while Haverhill travel to Mistley.
Now into Division Two and a very good win for Lakenheath, beating East Bergholt by 95 runs. Lakenheath 235-5 veteran Paul Pallant 65, East Bergholt 140 Danny Rodic 4-33, and evergreen Tim Milner 4-26. Saturday sees them make the long journey to Clacton.
Struggling Long Melford lost their third game on the bounce when visitors Clacton beat them by three wickets. Long Melford 155-9, Dale Brett 39, Clacton 156-7 Tom Barnard 4-39. Melford are away to Ipswich.
Exning demolished Ipswich & East Suffolk, winning by 141 runs in a very one sided game. Exning 186-7 Matt Catley 51, Ipswich & East Suffolk 45, Daniel Baigent 4-24, Simon Lawson 3-8.
Exning travel to Dunmow where there was a bad incident last weekend. Two men dressed in cricket whites blended in with the players and robbed the changing rooms, taking wallets, phones, keys and a car so please make sure you leave your valuables locked safely away or leave them with a responsible person. This very unsavoury incident needs to be a lesson well learned.
I was due to be umpiring at Lakenheath last Saturday, but was asked during the week to do the Worlington v Mildenhall game, which meant I was able to partake in the once-again excellent tea put on by Mrs Ford.
On Sunday, I was fortunate enough to officiate in the National Village Cup match between Worlington and Belhus CC, from Essex. It was a superb game of cricket, played hard by both sides but in excellent spirit and a game worthy of the final itself. It finished tied, with each side scoring 252-6. As umpires we had to consult the rule book and it went down to the fourth criteria before we found a winner.
Equal on runs, equal on wickets lost, equal on balls faced as no balls and wides did not count. Finally, who scored the most runs in the first 20 overs - Belhus were the winners by such a fine margin.
Matches like this make me realise why I enjoy umpiring so much, hard cricket, great banter, no problems, and both sides enjoying a good drink afterwards. A big contrast to their neighbours on Saturday.