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Hall hoping for more Westley appearances




Tom Westley helped to inspire Mildenhall to victory on Saturday, and skipper Tom Rash is hopeful that it will not be the only appearance the England and Essex batsman makes for the club this season.

KEY PLAYER: Tom Westley
KEY PLAYER: Tom Westley

While Westley has gone on to reach the very top of the game since making his Mildenhall debut in 2011, his connection with the Wamil Way side has remained strong.

He has continued to feature for Mildenhall intermittently, with his most recent outing coming in the six-wicket home triumph at Horsford’s expense in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

After Rash and new signing Tristan Blackledge took four wickets apiece to help bowl the visitors out for just 98, Westley top-scored with 37 runs in the relatively straightforward run chase.

The 29-year-old will now return to his commitments in the Specsavers County Championship Division One and Twenty/20 Blast with Essex, but Rash has his fingers crossed that Westley will return before the 2018 campaign is out.

SKIPPER: Tom Rash
SKIPPER: Tom Rash

“Tom obviously has a very busy schedule but we are hopeful he might play two or three more times towards the end of the season,” said the captain.

“A lot depends on Essex and how far they go in the Twenty/20 competition.

“If they get out the group it might be tricky, but it is not looking too good for them at the moment.

“He is keen to play for us when he can and we are looking on it as a bonus – it is not something we plan for.

“It is amazing to have a player like him and you cannot put a value on the knowledge and experience he brings.

“He helped me a lot with field settings and brings a whole lot of calm to the dressing room.”

NEW SIGNING: Tristian Blackledge
NEW SIGNING: Tristian Blackledge

The triumph over Horsford ended a three-game run without a victory, placing Mildenhall fifth in the standings and just 10 points behind second-placed Swardeston ahead of Saturday’s home game against 10th-placed Cambridge Granta (11am), meaning the players head into the contest with a new-found confidence.

“We turned the corner the previous week when we set a big total at Swardeston,” added Rash.

“The last couple of weeks have been really good and we did a lot of good things against Horsford.

“We are really confident and we beat Cambridge in a tight game at the start of the season, so we know how to get the job done.

“We are just taking each game as it comes. If we win more than we lose we will be up there.”