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Shock derby defeat for Hall

Mildenhall (202) dropped down to fourth in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League after Saturday’s shock 21-run derby loss at home to Bury St Edmunds (223-7).

HOWZAT? Mildenhall's Jack Loveday appeals for a wicket during the loss to Bury.
HOWZAT? Mildenhall's Jack Loveday appeals for a wicket during the loss to Bury.

Hosting Mildenhall went into the clash in positive form with three straight wins to their name, while visiting Bury in contrast had been slightly cut adrift having picked up just one victory all campaign.

However, the form book was tipped up at Wamil Way, thanks in part to the performance of Bury’s overseas player Murray Commins.

Visiting skipper Sean Park won the toss and opted to bat first, with opener Commins going on to take the game to Mildenhall’s bowling attack.

His knock of 84 runs from 104 balls included 11 fours and was only ended when he was caught by former Bury player Ben Curran off the bowling of Tristan Blackledge.

Park also made a useful 41, with Alfie Marston adding 29 runs as Bury closed out their 50 overs by setting Mildenhall 224 for victory.

A second-wicket partnership of 57 runs between Curran (25) and Nick Maiolo (28) looked to have set Mildenhall on the right course to chase down their target.

However, despite James Stamatis’ 39, the home team lost wickets at regular intervals, with youngster Josh Cantrell (3-34) bowling particularly well to help Bury mount a successful defence.

Mildenhall’s first chance to bounce back comes on Saturday when they travel to face Copdock & Old Ipswichian (11am).

l Mildenhall captain Tom Rash took four wickets in Suffolk’s Unicorns Championship win over Hertfordshire this week.

l Paul Summerskill top-scored with 65 as Burwell & Exning (236) recorded a 60-win at Vauxhall Mallards (176).

Batting at number five, Summerskill hit eight fours on the way to his big score.

Vauxhall Mallards’ openers Matthew Plater (31) and Hudson De Lucchi (10) put on 48 for the first wicket, but once Burwell & Exning took one wicket, they were always in control.

Burwell & Exning (6th) play host to Swardeston (2nd) on Saturday (11am).