Batting display costs Mildenhall
Mildenhall (98) endured a bad day at the office as they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat at home to Vauxhall Mallards (101-3) in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.
After being put in to bat by their visitors, Mildenhall soon found themselves in trouble.
Opener Nick Maiolo was dismissed without troubling the scoreboard, while his partner Matt Allen soon joined him for 1.
Number three batsmen James Stamatis showed his class with a high-scoring knock of 39, but unfortunately for Mildenhall his performance was the exception rather than the rule.
Ben Shepperson (3), Tom Allen (0) and Tom Rash (5) all departed swiftly to the bowling of Ben France, who ended his 12.2 overs with figures of 6-14.
Jon Allen (13no) and Peter Worthington (16) offered some brief resistance, but Mildenhall ended up falling two runs short of chalking up three figures.
The victory target for Mallards was far from imposing and they reached it relatively comfortably, though Mildenhall’s Worthington managed to snare himself two wickets before the winning runs were struck.
The defeat – Mildenhall’s second in a row – has left them fourth in the table, 44 points adrift of table-topping Sudbury, who are the reigning champions.
Mildenhall will look to get back on track on Saturday when they head to third-placed Swardeston (11am).
The Norfolk side are nine points clear of the Wamil Way-based side.
l Mildenhall duo Shepperson and Rash featured as Suffolk lost their Unicorns KO Trophy semi-final clash at Devon on Sunday.
After the scores ended level at Sidmouth CC, it was Devon who prospered by virtue of the fact they lost fewer wickets.
Shepperson scored a 19-ball 30, while added an unbeaten 21 runs as well as taking three wickets.
Both players are set to be in action when Suffolk host Bedfordshire in a three-day Unicorns Championship fixture at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, starting at 11am on Sunday.
l Knocks of 82 and 83 from Chris Summerskill and captain Joe Tetley respectively could not prevent Burwell & Exning (264-9) from losing by five wickets at Copdock & Old Ipswichian (268-5).
Batting first, it was Summerskill and Tetley who were the mainstays of the Burwell & Exning innings.
Aside from that, just three other away batsmen managed to score double figures before 64 overs were reached.
The hosts’ reply was led by Adam Ball, who scored 123 runs before he was bowled by Burwell & Exning’s overseas player Tyron Koen.
Ball’s 132-ball knock included 14 fours and three sixes.
There was also a useful unbeaten 70 from Jack Beaumont as Copdock reached their target in 54.1 overs.
Koen ended with figures of 3-49, while Sam Rippington and Nicholas Huckle took one apiece.
Horsford will be Burwell & Exning’s visitors on Saturday (11am).