Two Counties column: Mrs Dellar’s sponge cake makes a decent impression

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Worlington beat Hadleigh by 61 runs, Worlington 192-8, Ben Hyde 63, Sean Cooper 48no, Ben Wallis 2-21, Luke Istead 2-31. Hadleigh 131, Marlon Dias 49, Jimmy Watson 4-15. Worlington entertain Haverhill this Saturday, and Hadleigh make the trip over to Wivenhoe.

Mildenhall beat Frinton II by 109 runs, with another good all-round display by Steve Taylor. Mildenhall 256-9, Taylor 69, Adam Trett 50. Frinton 147, Taylor 2-17, Tom Allen 2-25, Joe Reed 2-15 and Ben Shepperson 2-7. High flying Witham are the visitors to Wamil Way this weekend in what promises to be a highly entertaining game.

Halstead lost a close game to Braintree by just two wickets despite the efforts of Harry Veal. Halstead 220, Veal 52, Braintree 222-8, Veal 3-37. A trip to Coggeshall is next on the agenda.

Haverhill were well beaten by Coggeshall, losing by 142 runs. Winning the toss, Adam Dellar put Coggeshall in to bat but this soon backfired as they got off to a flyer, their opening pair being particularly hard on Dan Pass. Coggeshall 273-8, Pass 3-77, Haverhill 141, Dellar 44. A visit to Worlington is next in the diary.

Into Division Two, and there was a very good win for Lakenheath after a long away trip to Easton. Easton 189-9, Dominic Palmer 3-18, Danny Rodic 3-54. Lakenheath 190-4, Frank Gammon 75, Michael Reeve 42no. Dunmow are the visitors this week.

In an extremely low scoring game, Long Melford came away from Dunmow victorious by 26 runs thanks to veteran Bill Byford with both bat and ball. Long Melford 98, Byford 25, Dunmow 72, Byford 5-42. Mildenhall II are the next visitors to play at Meetingfield.

Exning lost again, this time at home to Mildenhall II by six wickets. Exning 142-8, Jason Pyke 45, Mildenhall 144-4, Pyke 2-28, one of the S Lawson’s 2-36. East Bergholt are the next visitors to Exning Park.

Things are tight at the top of Division One, with three teams separated by just six points. Wivenhoe’s defeat at Witham allowed Mildenhall to return to the top of the table.

In Division Two, Exning are still rooted to the bottom of the table while Lakenheath’s victory saw them leapfrog East Bergholt, who are second bottom.

As further proof my column is being read and clubs are noting my interest in food, I was greeted at Haverhill by one gentleman who told me I would have an excellent tea as the Fortnum & Masons Hampers had been ordered. He was not far wrong as it was superb, the highlight being Mrs Dellar’s Victoria sponge cake. There were still a couple of quirky items - Mrs Wilkins’ cold mini toad-in-the-hole, and some wasabi peanuts - you obviously didn’t heed my message Adam.

This week, I get my first look at high flying Wivenhoe, another place where the teas are very good. Usually fresh strawberries with a fine selection of sandwiches and cakes. The Great Cricket Cake Off is hotting up...