I was very disappointed last week to have to call off umpiring for the first time since I came on to the Two Counties Umpires Panel.
I had, and still have, tendonitis in both Achilles tendons, but it has got a bit easier after some ultrasound treatment so I fully intend to be on duty at Witham on Saturday for the local derby against Braintree.
In the battle between two of our local teams, Hadleigh came out on top beating Halstead by 89 runs. Hadleigh 203-7 Luke Istead 52, Sam Walter 2-30, Harry Veal 2-42, Halstead 148 Larvet Masunda 23, Ben Wallis 3-13. Mistley are the visitors this Saturday.
Mildenhall won an extremely close encounter with Coggeshall, coming out victorious by just one wicket.
Coggeshall 223 Ben Shepperson 4-27, Mildenhall 225-9 Matt Allen 52. Next up is a local derby against near neighbours Worlington.
Worlington lost to high-flying Wivenhoe by eight wickets despite a century from Chris Baugh. Worlington 279-5 Baugh 125, Wivenhoe 283-2. Club coach Sean Cooper was badly missed for his tight bowling. A short trip up the road to Mildenhall is the next date in the diary.
The last of our Division One clubs is Haverhill, who beat bottom club Copford by five wickets. Copford 241-9, Haverhill 245-5. Local rivals Halstead are the visitors this weekend.
Into Division Two, and a welcome victory for Exning, who beat Easton by 60 runs. Exning 219-8 Simon Allen 51, Easton 159 Kent Tomsett 3-33 S Lawson (but which one?) 3-32. A trip to Chantry Park to play Ipswich & East Suffolk is next up.
Long Melford were well beaten by East Bergholt, losing by 106 runs. East Bergholt 254-7, Dale Brett 3-64, Long Melford 148, Bill Byford 30. A long trip to the Essex coast to play Clacton is next.
Lakenheath were well beaten by league leaders Maldon despite a good all-round performance from Shane Leech, losing by 104 runs. Maldon 226-7 Leech 4-56, Tim Milner 3-64. Lakenheath 122, Shane Leech 58. Badly needing a win, an away trip to East Bergholt is next.
With just seven games to go, things couldn’t be tighter at the top of Division One; Mildenhall leading by just three points from Wivenhoe. Copford look doomed at the foot of the table but the second relegation spot looks to be a very tight affair with seven teams separated by just 21 points; Halstead and Hadleigh look to be in the most danger.
In Division Two, all the attention is at the foot of the table for our local sides, with Lakenheath now bottom after Exning’s good win last Saturday. Long Melford, fourth bottom, are not out of danger yet.
Unfortunately, no tea news this week but I have got some very good appointments during August and September, so I am looking forward to all those freshly-cut sandwiches and beautiful homemade cakes - not forgetting the most important part of any cricket tea, the good old cuppa!
Finally, I would like to give a mention to the Worlington Cricket Club Beer Festival taking place on Saturday and Sunday August 29-30.
Eleven beers, five ciders, and some good music, why would you want to go anywhere else?