Two Counties half-term reports are in
On a very hot Saturday afternoon there were wins for Worlington, Sudbury, Hadleigh, Mildenhall, Haverhill and Lakenheath, but defeats for Halstead, Long Melford and Exning.
Pride of place this week goes to Lakenheath, beating Ipswich by 10 wickets. Ipswich 73, Tim Milner 4-32, Lakenheath 77-0 Shane Leech 46no. Next game is at home to Long Melford.
Staying with Division Two, Haverhill continued on their winning way with a seven wicket victory against Exning. Exning 147, Tim Catley 62, Callum Brunning 4-30, Haverhill 148-3, Adam Dellar 81no, Ian Starling 2-26. Haverhill are next away to league leaders Copford, while Exning entertain Braintree.
Long Melford lost to Copford by 36 runs, Copford 211-6, Gareth Boon 3-56, Long Melford 175, Tom Barnard 62. Melford visit Lakenheath on Saturday.
Mildenhall comfortably beat Maldon by seven wickets, Maldon 209-9, Jack Bowman 3-30, Mildenhall 213-3 Ben Shepperson 77. On Saturday the visitors are basement boys Elmstead Grasshoppers.
Hadleigh played host to high flying Wivenhoe and won by two wickets thanks to a great all round performance by Dominic Manthorpe. Wivenhoe 199-6, Manthorpe 3-39, Hadleigh 200-8, Manthorpe 55no. Next up is a visit to Witham.
Halstead continued their topsy-turvy season losing to Frinton IIs by 50 runs. Frinton 258-6, Chris Rayner 2-27, Halstead 208, Josh Wells 60. A trip to Wivenhoe awaits next.
Sudbury had a very convincing win over Elmstead Grasshoppers, Elmstead 189, veteran seamer Darren Batch 4-25, Sudbury 190-1, Tom Huggins 94. Next visitors to Friars Street are Coggeshall.
Finally Worlington beat Mistley by four wickets in a thrilling match that could have gone either way. Mistley made 255-9, in reply Worlington 257-6, won with a straight six by Ziaf Kulasi in the penultimate over. A visit to Frinton is next on the agenda.
I watched with interest the warm up of the Worlington team. Running round the field, fielding the ball in a complicated team drill, finally the high catching all done in a quite professional manner by all 11, no wait, I could only count 10 men.
Where was the 11th I asked myself, and looking around I found him. There was Kulasi sitting at a table eating a Pukka Pie. Certainly the strangest warm up I have seen all season.
A quick update on the season so far.
Division One, Sudbury and Mildenhall in the top two spots fighting for promotion to the EAPL with Worlington comfortable in mid-table. Hadleigh and Halstead currently in the bottom four so need a couple of wins each.
Division Two, Haverhill are lying in third place, Long Melford mid-table and Exning and Lakenheath both in the bottom three, both on the same number of points.
My half-term report would read as follows: Sudbury, Mildenhall and Haverhill all performing very well, Worlington and Long Melford have room for improvement, Hadleigh, Halstead, Exning and Lakenheath must do better.