Worlington made to wait by struggling seconds

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Mildenhall II 180-2

beat Worlington 179-7

by eight wickets

Worlington were made to wait to clinch the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two title as they were shocked by struggling Mildenhall II.

Second-bottom Hall enhanced their survival bid with a superb display to restrict Worly to 179-7 before reaching their target with eight wickets still in hand.

Losing the toss, Worlington were inserted into bat first on a damp-looking track and could never get on top against a determined Mildenhall bowling attack.

Graham Ford (17) was first to go when he edged Tom Allen to wicketkeeper Eddie Finnis, before Richard Ford (37) fell to a well-taken catch in the deep by Jack Loveday off the bowling of Martin Taylor.

Bowling one of his best spells of the season, Taylor took a sharp caught-and-bowled to remove Chris Baugh (10) and, after a 50-run partnership, Tom Allen trapped Ziaf Kulasi (20) lbw.

As the Worlington batsmen attempted to lift the run-rate, Taylor (4-48) picked up two further wickets in quick succession, including Jimmy Watson for a top-scoring 45 and Steve Grinling for 13, caught by 15-year-old Matt Allen at long-on.

Tom Allen (3-38) collected his third wicket of the day to reduce the visitors to 157-7 before Alex Watson and Daren Hayward saw out the remaining few overs, with Worlington closing on 179-7.

With the track drying out, Worlington knew they would never be able to contain the runs, so wickets were the key to victory.

Kulasi removed Lily Reynolds (3) early, caught behind by Richard Ford.

However, from 24-1, the experience of Frans Bester and Andrew Squire soon got their side back on top and added 131 for the second wicket as both picked up half-centuries.

Bester (89) was the man to finally depart, caught by Alex Watson off the bowling of Daren Hayward (1-15), but it was too little too late as Squire (65no) and Tom Allen (6no) saw Mildenhall home with ease inside 36 overs.

Six points from their final fixture with Easton will clinch Worlington the title, but Lakenheath are still waiting in the wings for any slip-up, while Mildenhall II must win at Brockley to stand any chance of survival.

n Worlington II were beaten by Haverhill III in Division Eight West.

Haverhill posted 234-3, despite wickets for Jonno Peachey (1-21), Thomas Baugh (1-26) and Shaun Lister (1-39).

In reply, several solid partnerships were broken before really getting going and this proved to be key.

Jonno Peachey (39), Matt Peachey (38) and Shaun Lister (34) top-scored as Worly went down by 16 runs.