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Heath keep up with leaders




Lakenheath (164-3) remain hot on the heels of table-topping Haverhill in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two following Saturday’s seven-wicket home win over Kelvedon and Feering (163).

LEADING THE WAY: Shane Leech
LEADING THE WAY: Shane Leech

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first, though they soon lost their first wicket when Lakenheath’s Paul Pallant bowled Mick Warner for seven.

Richard Wilson (69) and Tom Potter (29) then put on a good partnership for Kelvedon, but once that was broken up by skipper Shane Leech with the score on 90-2, wickets started to fall at regular intervals.

Leech was the pick of the Lakenheath bowling attack, ending his 15 overs with figures of 4-61, while Carl Manels recorded 3-42 as Kelvedon were bowled out for 163 in 44 overs.

Lakenheath’s reply got off to a positive start thanks to Chris Baugh and Dominic Palmer, who put on 73 before the latter was bowled by Edward Smith for 23.

Baugh continued to put runs on the board, though, and scored 77 (11 fours and one six) before he fell to the bowling Tom Potter.

That dismissal handed the responsibility to Leech (26 not out), who along with Ed Garrard (22 no), remained unbeaten at the crease as the winning runs were struck.

Lakenheath, who travel to bottom-of-the-table Copdock & Old Ipswichian II on Saturday (1pm), are six points adrift of leaders Haverhill after 13 matches played.

l In the CCA Junior League Division One, Fordham (169-8) lost by six wickets on the road at Cottenham (172-4).

Gav Harding top-scored for Fordham with a knock of 62 runs, while Chamilla Prykhana – making his first appearance of the season – scored 27.

In reply, the hosts never really looked in any real danger as they reached their target with five overs to spare.

Jason Harding still did well with the ball for the visitors, taking 3-40, with Harry Harvey (1-28) also enjoying a fine spell.

Fordham will look to get back to winning ways at Fen Ditton on Saturday (1.30pm).