Lakenheath getting closer
After securing promotion with Saturday’s 28-run win at Mildenhall II, Lakenheath can wrap up the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two title this weekend.
Batting first against their neighbours, Lakenheath’s opening pair of Chris Baugh (28) and Dominic Palmer (73) got them off to a good start, putting on 60 runs for the first wicket.
Once Baugh was dismissed, the visitors started to lose wickets at regular intervals, but Palmer at least put up some resistance to help the team up to 176 runs from their 45 overs.
For Mildenhall’s second team, Jack Bowman was the main wicket-taker with figures of 3-36 from 10 overs, which included one maiden.
Lakenheath’s successful defence owed much to the bowling performances of Danny Rodic and Baugh.
Rodic got the ball rolling by removing Mildenhall’s Ryan Clark with just one run on the board, and he also accounted for fellow opener Kyle Morrison, who trapped lbw for 24.
Baugh then proceeded to rip through the middle order, removing a total of four home batsmen at the expense of 45 runs.
Rodic returned to mop up the table to complete a four-wicket haul of his own, shipping three less runs than Baugh in the process.
Carl Manels (2-29) also bowled well as Lakenheath bowled out Mildenhall in 42 overs.
The win sealed Lakenheath’s place in Division One next term, while the title also looks likely to follow during Saturday’s long trip to sixth-placed Clacton-on-Sea (12.30pm).
The Suffolk side head into the encounter 19 points clear of second-placed Haverhill, who have also had their promotion rubber-stamped.