Suffolk comprehensively beat their Essex rivals in Division One as all our top sides from the west of the county came out victorious.
Worlington , where I was overseeing things, had the smallest of victory margins, beating Witham by one run.
Surprisingly asked to bat, Worlington were bowled out for 210 in just 48 overs, Jimmy Watson (59) top scoring.
Witham didn’t get off to the best of starts, as Worlington fielded superbly, taking some excellent catches.
The two extra overs given to Witham could have proved vital as they needed a four off the last ball to win, but could only manage two. On Saturday Worlington are at Coggeshall.
Mildenhall travelled to the Essex coast and came away with another victory, beating Frinton II by five wickets.
Frinton could only make 164 as Tom Allen finished with 5-22, and Mildenhall easily reached their target of 166-5 with Steve Taylor 71no. Next up it’s Wivenhoe at home.
Hadleigh comprehensively beat Maldon by 53 runs, after amassing 327-6, with Ben Parker 133no. Maldon finished on 274 after Tom Piddington took 4-33. A visit to Elmstead Grasshoppers is next.
Halstead welcomed Mistley, and beat them by just 12 runs with 220 that included Oliver Grayson’s 57. Dylan Verreynne took 3-27 in Mistley’s 208 ahead of a trip to Maldon.
Sudbury came away from Wivenhoe with the spoils despite a rare failure by Tom Huggins with the bat. Batting first The Talbots scored 212-9 with skipper Darren Batch top scoring with 57.
Wivenhoe were all out for 146, with Huggins taking 3-6. Sudbury host Witham next.
Haverhill were well beaten by Braintree, losing by six wickets. Haverhill made 207-9 with Sam Powell hitting 101, before Braintree’s 208-4 reply, where Callum Brunning took 4-76. A local derby now awaits at home to Sudbury II.
Lakenheath again failed to post a decent score as they were bowled out for 147 by Mildenhall II, Paul Pallant with 42 their main contributor and Ashley Clark taking 4-22.
In reply, Mildenhall knocked the runs off for the loss of five wickets with Andy Squire (91no) rolling back the years. Visitors this Saturday are Kelvedon with Mildenhall at Long Melford.
Exning made the long trip to Dunmow and were well beaten by 106 runs in a total of 266-4. Exning’s 160 included Simon Lawson’s 31no. They host Easton next.
In an amazing game at Sudbury, Long Melford lost after posting a score of 306-7, with Adam Matthews ending on 64, while Andy Simmons took 3-85. In reply, Sudbury II hit 307-5, winning in the last over. Steve Witham was 107no while Tom Barnard took 2-62.
Melford are at home to Mildenhall II while Sudbury II are at Haverhill.
Finally, I thought I was watching Strictly Come Dancing after Worlington’s Graham Ford practised three steps forward two steps back, after he hammered into the keeper’s gloves, while deciding whether to walk or not.
I eased the dilemma for him by raising my finger in his direction. Definitely NOT a 10 from Len!
This week I am doing Exning at home to Easton.