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Worlington and Lakenheath start new Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One season with defeats

Worlington’s (115) defence of their Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title got off to a losing start on Saturday as they went down by eight wickets at Wivenhoe (118-2).

Batting first, things looked positive for Worlington as Graham Ford (23) and Ziaf Kulasi (33) put on 61 runs for the first wicket.

However, once Kulasi fell to the bowling of Matt Durrell, the visitors found runs hard to come by as Mark Nunn (19) and John Maynard (15) were the only ones to make double figures.

CRICKET - Woolpit (bowling) v Worlington (Batting)..Pictured: Ziaf Kulasi batting ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (8954129)
CRICKET - Woolpit (bowling) v Worlington (Batting)..Pictured: Ziaf Kulasi batting ...PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (8954129)

It meant that from the moment Kulasi was dismissed to the moment Worlington were bowled all out, they managed to add just 54 runs to their total.

In response, Wivenhoe made relatively light work of reaching their low victory target with the unbeaten Dirk Bruwer (62) the pick of the home team’s batsmen.

Nunn snared both of the wickets that fell, but it did little to stop Wivenhoe winning the encounter in less than 30 overs.

The champions will look to bounce back on Saturday when they play their first home match of 2019 against Hadleigh (12.30pm).

* Tomorrow former England bowler Alex Tudor will be in attendance as Worlington unveil their new dual-lane practice net facility, which has been installed courtesy of a £30,836 donation from local aggregate supplier, Frimstone.

* Life in Division One did not get off to the best start for newly-promoted Lakenheath (153), who lost by 99 runs on the road at Coggeshall Town (252-9).

Danny Rodic, Paul Pallant and Dom Palmer all claimed two wickets apiece for the visitors as Coggeshall reached their 50-over limit with one wicket to spare.

But the runs did not come so freely for Shane Leech’s Lakenheath, with just three batsmen able to boast double figures in Essex.

All-rounder Rodic (67) showed good form with a half century and Andy Leech added 38, but wickets fell all too frequently for Lakenheath to make a genuine assault on Coggeshall’s victory target.

On Saturday, Lakenheath will be at home when they welcome fellow promoted side Haverhill (12.30pm).

Haverhill enjoyed a 111-run victory over Ipswich on the opening day of the season.