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Neighbours lose ahead of derby day

Ahead of this weekend’s derby with Burwell & Exning, Mildenhall tasted defeat for the first time this season last Saturday.

The Wamil Way-based side had soared to the top of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier Cricket League after putting four victories on the board early on.

However, that run was halted by Copdock & Old Ipswichian, who after posting 200-8 in 55 overs, managed to bowl out Mildenhall for 195 to seal a five-run victory.

Murtaza Hussain was Mildenhall’s main wicket-taker, ending with figures of 4-57 from his 16 overs.

In reply, the hosts struggled to form any significant partnerships throughout their innings, which included three batsmen being run out.

One of those to suffer that fate was overseas signing Nick Maiolo, who scored an impressive 113 runs before being dismissed.

But while the South African played his part, only one other Mildenhall batsman – Tom Rash (26) – scored double figures as the team fell short.

The result means Mildenhall will make the short trip to Mingay Park on Saturday having dropped from first to third (11am).

l Burwell & Exning also had an overseas centurion in their midst last weekend, but like Mildenhall they also tasted defeat.

After losing the toss and being put into bat first by hosting Swardeston, Burwell & Exning went about setting a competitive total of 271-7.

Tyron Koen posted an unbeaten century, with Tom Griffiths (65) offering some decent support.

In reply, Burwell & Exning bowler Sam Rippington removed Swardeston opener Jordan Taylor (8) early on.

But after that the home team managed to build some good partnerships, eventually reaching their target in 41.5 overs to secure a six-wicket triumph.

Burwell & Exning head into the weekend’s derby in fifth place, 32 points adrift of Mildenhall.

l In the CCA Junior League One North, Fordham (188-7) beat Fen Ditton (99) by 89 runs at home on Saturday.

Fordham made a strong start and posted 81-2 at the halfway stage of their innings thanks to a 62-run partnership for the second wicket between Jordan Theobald and Gareth Summerskill, who made a solid 30.

After Theobald fell for 73 Fordham were pegged back with 12 overs still to go, but Chris Rule (28no) and Jason Harding (13no) boosted Fordham’s hopes as they concluded their innings.

Fordham’s attack got to work immediately and Fen Ditton were reduced to 3-3 and then 9-4 as George Darling and Clinton Cornwell picked up wickets.

Fen Ditton then stabilised their innings to a degree, but two wickets in two balls from Rule put Fordham back in control and they ended up easing to victory.

Fordham, who currently sit fourth in the standings, are due to play host to third-placed Bluntisham on Saturday (1.30pm).