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Shepperson fires Hall to victory

Ben Shepperson continued his return to form with the bat by top-scoring in Mildenhall’s (226-5) five-wicket win at Norwich (225-6) in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.

RUNS: Ben Shepperson
RUNS: Ben Shepperson

The former captain played a leading role in the victory over Cambridge Granta last time out, and his knock of 84 on this occasion went a long way to helping Mildenhall get themselves over the line.

After winning the toss and batting, much of the Norwich innings centred on their opener Jack Newby.

He scored an unbeaten 114 at the top of the order, with the hosts losing six wickets from their 64 overs.

Skipper Tom Rash was the pick of the Mildenhall bowlers, ending with figures of 4-27 from his nine overs.

Joe Reed got Mildenhall’s run chase off to a positive start, but wickets soon started to fall and when James Stamatis – fresh from scoring a century for Essex IIs – was dismissed for a duck, the visitors were reeling on 51-3.

However, a partnership of 92 between Reed and Shepperson steadied the innings and while both ended up departing before the conclusion, Tristan Blackledge (38) and Rash (3) were on hand to finish the job.

Next up for third-placed Mildenhall is a derby encounter at their Wamil Way base against Bury St Edmunds (11am).

Visiting Bury are on a poor run of form and sit bottom of the table.

As part of the encounter, Mildenhall are organising a Prostate Cancer Awareness day to raise money for the charity.

Serious Cricket and Neil Rider have donated 44 caps for the players to wear, with each asked to give a donation.

There will be a barbecue in the afternoon and a raffle, with any donations for the latter gratefully accepted.