Ford’s eureka moment caps off ball quandary

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Yet another wet weekend saw matches involving Hadleigh, Worlington, Long Melford and Exning abandoned, while there were also defeats for Halstead, Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

Sudbury cemented their place at the top of Division One with a victory over previously second placed Mildenhall by 104 runs.

Batting first The Talbots scored 242-5 with Adam Mansfield scoring 69, while Peter Worthington finished with figures of 3-39. In reply Mildenhall struggled to 138 with Peter Worthington top scoring with 49, while Tom Huggins (3-20) and Ben Reece (3-30) were the main wicket takers. This Saturday Sudbury are at home to Mistley and Mildenhall make the short journey to Worlington.

Halstead made the trip to Coggeshall and came away empty handed as the home side won by nine wickets.

Halstead were all out for just 127, Ed Clark scoring 33. Coggeshall made short work of this score, making 132-1 in just 18 overs. Next up is a home game against struggling Hadleigh.

Haverhill maintained their good form with a comprehensive victory over Kelvedon and Feering.

Kelvedon batted first and scored 172, Callum Brunning 4-31 and Joe Woodley 3-34, in reply Haverhill made 174-4 with Anthony Phillips( 63) and Sam Powell (48) impressing. Haverhill are away at Dunmow this Saturday.

Struggling Lakenheath lost again, this time to Easton by 137 runs. Easton scored 250-4 and Lakenheath 113. Lakenheath travel to fellow strugglers Exning.

I know that many cricketers from clubs across our area will have been saddened by the news of the passing of Fred Mitchell of Easton Cricket Club.

A more passionate and dedicated man and lover of cricket you will be hard pressed to find. I can remember playing against Fred when he was in his prime as a fast bowler, and a hard competitor he really was but once in that bar he would buy you a drink and chat about the game for hours.

He worked tirelessly to make his club what they are today and I know he will be sorely missed, certainly by me for one. His funeral is at Easton Church at 11 am on Thursday, July 2. RIP Fred.

Here’s a poser for you – one of the opposing batsmen hits a big six that lands on the roof of the nets, how would you get the ball down?

Graham Ford of Worlington had the answer, or so he thought! Bearing in mind a cricket ball is reasonably heavy, he decided to throw his cap at it, not once but several times then scratched his head when the ball didn’t move.

Looking round he saw a traffic cone, picked that up and threw it point first at the ball, almost getting it stuck as well.

Suddenly it came to him, the bottom end of the cone was wider and heavier, why not throw it that way? A huge cheer went up at Hadleigh when the ball finally came down. If I was you Graham I would stick to Strictly!

The funny side of cricket always amuses me so look out for more tales from around the grounds.