Cricket community are left to mourn atrocity

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After a couple of weeks of rain-interrupted matches it was good to get a full set of games in last Saturday.

Division One league leaders Sudbury took a totally unexpected hammering when they entertained Mistley.

Batting first, The Talbots struggled to 83 with Nathan Poole (17) top scoring. In reply Mistley knocked off the runs reaching 87-4, Ben Reece (2 -19) being the only bowler of note. Sudbury have a chance to redeem themselves when they entertain Maldon on Saturday.

An entertaining game at Worlington saw local rivals Mildenhall victorious by five wickets. Worlington reached 237-8, Jimmy Watson 86, veteran all-rounder Steve Lankester 4-22.

In reply, Mildenhall scored 240-5, Joe Reed 147.

Things might have been different had he been caught when he was still on 0! More catching practice Colin? Worlington welcome Halstead while Mildenhall are at home to Mistley.

Halstead’s faltering season continued when they lost to Hadleigh by five wickets. Halstead 220, Hadleigh 224-5. Halstead visit Worlington while Hadleigh are away to Frinton II.

Haverhill continued their push for instant promotion with a 134 run victory away at Dunmow. Dan Pass 142 helped Haverhill post an impressive 292-7 and in response Dunmow could only manage 158 with Joe Woodley taking 5-49. Next up is a trip to Easton.

Long Melford made the trip across to Easton and were beaten by nine runs, Easton 208–8, T Barnard 6–68, Melford 199–9, A Matthews 53.

Next Saturday’s match is away to Exning.

Exning entertained Lakenheath and were victorious by the smallest of margins, winning by one run.

Exning scored 270–4, K Tomsett 91, Paul Pallant 2–62, Lakenheath made 269-8, Dominic Palmer 106, Tim Catley 4–89. Exning are at home to Long Melford while Lakenheath travel to Copford.

I went over to watch Worlington play Foxton in the last 32 of the National Village Cup on Sunday, but unfortunately this was a game too far for them as they were beaten by a well drilled and efficient Tucker League side.

At least Colin Thompson remembered how to catch, Dave Ford took a couple of beauties as well but poor old Sicknote Daren Hayward got yet another injury, a nasty cut to his hand that required six stitches (I still think he could have put the pads on!).

We still had time to witness an ‘interesting’ display of batting from Carl Manels, especially when he gave Big Jeff the charge and played a superb cover drive!

Words cannot explain the sadness I felt when I learned that one of our Two Counties Umpires, Philip Heathcote, was one of those killed in the horrific, mindless shooting that took place in Tunisia. He was there on holiday with his wife Alison, who is fighting for her life after being shot seven times herself, celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. I am sure I speak for all my colleagues when I offer our deepest condolences to both families but especially to their son, James. What is this world coming to?