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Heath defeated by Mildenhall's second side




Lakenheath suffered just their second defeat of the season at the hands of Mildenhall II on Saturday.

Lakenheath v Mildenhall II Carl Manels and Andy Leech celebrate wicket for Lakenheath cricket Picture Mark Westley. (2690987)
Lakenheath v Mildenhall II Carl Manels and Andy Leech celebrate wicket for Lakenheath cricket Picture Mark Westley. (2690987)

Set 216-8 for victory, hosting Lakenheath fell 12 runs short of their target as they were skittled out for 204 runs in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Two encounter.

The visitors won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on the glorious summer’s day.

With Danny Rodic not available, Paul Pallant opened the bowling with Dominic Palmer and Mildenhall soon lost Ryan Clark with the score on 2.

After eight overs Carl Manels joined the attack and soon had the captain, Steve Graham, smartly stumped by Any Leech for 13.

Adam Trett (28) followed, caught by Liam Flack off the bowling of Pallant, who ended with bowling figures of 4-88.

Former Suffolk batsman Andrew Squires (48) rebuilt the Mildenhall innings with Tom Allen (50) before the veteran was caught by Chris Baugh, from the bowling of Manels (3-45).

Some powerful hitting by Jack Loveday (56no) at the end of the innings allowed Mildenhall to reach 216-8 from their allotted 45 overs.

In reply, Lakenheath openers Shane Leech and Palmer got the home side under way and raced to 32 without the loss of a wicket before skipper Leech (21) was caught in the covers by Ben Curran.

Baugh (26) joined Palmer and once again lost his wicket after getting set for a big score.

Rob Horrex was dismissed next ball and the hosts were now 102-3, but still in a good position to force victory.

However, only Adam Horrex stood firm with 37 thereafter, and despite a brief flurry by Pallant (19) and Andy Leech (13), the Lakenheath innings eventually petered out.

Fourth-placed Lakenheath will look to bounce back at the first time of asking on Saturday when they play host to Clacton-on-Sea (1pm).

The visitors from Essex are currently seventh in the league standings having picked up four victories from their first nine outings so far in 2018.