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Just one run proves to be decisive once again!

Sudbury’s seven-match winning streak came to an end in a high scoring game at Friars Street, when they lost to Witham by three wickets.

Batting first, The Talbots scored 334-6 with centuries for Tom Huggins (145) and Darren Batch (119). Witham reached their target off the penultimate ball of the innings. Next up is an away game at Worlington.

Mildenhall kept up the pressure on league leaders Sudbury with a victory over a strong Wivenhoe side, winning by 20 runs. Posting a total of 251-6 ,Steve Taylor (117), Wivenhoe were then bowled out for 231 with veteran Steve Lankester taking 4-61. This Saturday they are away at in-form Witham.

Halstead made the journey to Maldon and came away with a comprehensive victory by 154 runs. Halstead scored 258-8, Josh Wells (93) top scoring. Maldon were then bowled out for just 104 Charlie Douglas Hughes taking 3-9. Struggling Elmstead Grasshoppers are the visitors to Star Stile this Saturday.

Worlington made the journey to Coggeshall and were well beaten by 72 runs. Coggeshall 277-5, Worlington 205-6. League leaders Sudbury are their next visitors.

In the battle of the basement clubs, Hadleigh came away from Elmstead Grasshoppers with yet another defeat, this time by three wickets. Marlon Dias (49) helped the visitors to 159-9, but the home side made 161-7 despite Tom Piddington’s 3-30. Coggeshall are the next visitors to Friars Road.

For the second week running the game I umpired was won by one run, but this time it was the away team that were victorious, with Easton beating their hosts Exning.

Easton scored 155-9, Daniel Baigent (4-40) the pick of the bowlers. Exning went off like a train with an entertaining, if somewhat agricultural innings by Ben Atkinson (61), but when Tim Catley (32) was out the batting collapsed. Next is an away game at Ipswich.

Haverhill cemented their third place position in Division Two with a five-wicket win over Sudbury II.

Sudbury reached 185 with Al Younger hitting 45 and Joe Woodley taking 4-31. Haverhill knocked off the runs with 10 overs to spare (Adam Dellar 54, Dan Poole 50 no).

Haverhill are away at Mildenhall II on Saturday and Sudbury are at home to Braintree.

Long Melford entertained Mildenhall II and were victorious by 18 runs in a closely-fought encounter. Thanks mainly to Steve Martin (60), Melford reached 182-8 and in reply Mildenhall scored 164 with S Abbas Murtaza 4-25 and Steve Martin 4-58 the main wicket-takers.

This Saturday it’s an away trip to bottom-of-the-table Kelvedon and Feering.

I had a very pleasant day at Exning last Saturday, a game played in good spirit and a very close finish; what more could a man want?

Well, it turned out to be Tony Catley’s 68th birthday and after the game not one, but two birthday cakes were offered round to the assembled crowd.

I was going to refuse but that would have been very wrong of me wouldn’t it? It was delicious! I’m off to Wivenhoe on Saturday.

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