'More to come' from league-leading Mildenhall
Saturday’s seven-wicket win at champions Sudbury may have lifted Mildenhall to the top of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, but captain Ben Shepperson believes there is plenty more to come from his side.
After Tom Rash and Peter Worthington took three and four wickets respectively to help bowl the hosts out for 161, Mildenhall reached their target in just shy of 30 overs.
Only three wickets fell, with opener Joe Reed scoring an unbeaten 97 – a knock that included 15 fours and four sixes.
It was a result that saw Shepperson’s charges leapfrog Sudbury into top spot, with one point separating the two teams after nine games.
It is a start that has pleased the captain, yet he feels there are still improvements to be made.
“We played aggressive cricket with both bat and ball,” he said.
“While we have won games this season, we had not really nailed it until this one.
“Saturday was the first time we have been great with the bat and ball throughout, and took all of our catches.
“Now it is about proving that we can produce that sort of display on a consistent basis.
“I still think we are a way off the side we could be and that is really exciting. There is so much potential in this team.”
With Mildenhall currently looking down on the rest, it does beg the question of whether or not it is too early to be discussing a potential title challenge.
Shepperson responded: “We are just concentrating on enjoying our cricket right now.
“We have enough talent to finish at the top end of the table, probably more talent than people realised.
“We have only lost two games and they were both narrow defeats.
“Winning the league is a long way down the line, it is certainly not in the forefront of our thinking.”
Mildenhall return to action on Saturday with a home match against fifth-placed Great Witchingham (11am).