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Shepperson stars for Mildenhall

Ben Shepperson marked his return to the Mildenhall (180-8) first team by scoring a half-century in the team’s two-wicket home triumph over Cambridge Granta (179) on Saturday.

RUNS: Ben Shepperson
RUNS: Ben Shepperson

The former skipper had a spell with the seconds, but he produced the goods in the run chase to help his side make it back-to-back wins in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Having been put into the field by their visitors, Mildenhall went on to take wickets on a relatively regular basis.

Captain Tom Rash ended with figures of 3-48, while spinner Murtaza Hussain was particularly impressive with 3-50 off 18 overs.

It was the bowling performance that restricted Granta to 179 all out, with captain Lewys Hill (54) their leading run scorer.

The hosts’ reply got off to a shaky start when Jon Allen (1) and Nick Maiolo both departed early, leaving Mildenhall reeling on 7-2.

However, both James Stamatis (46) and Shepperson came in to steady the innings, before Tom Allen’s unbeaten knock of 29 helped Mildenhall to get over the line in just shy of 52 overs.

Third-placed Mildenhall will look to make it three wins in a row at Norwich (10th) on Saturday (11am).

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Exning’s total of 156 all out was never going to be enough to trouble champions and leaders Sudbury (159-4) on Saturday.

Opener Simon Donald and Paul Summerskill (both 41) were the visitors’ top scorers, but apart from captain Joe Tetley (25), no other batsmen could make a significant contribution.

Tom Huggins was the star with the ball for Sudbury, taking 6-32 from 16.5 overs, and he went on to make a swift 58 with the bat at the top of the order in the home team’s reply.

Darren Batch top-scored for Sudbury with an unbeaten 68 as they reached their target in 34.2 overs.

Next on the agenda for sixth-placed Burwell & Exning is a home encounter against Great Witchingham, who are one spot higher in the standings (11am).