Mildenhall miss the chance to go top after defeat at Witham

AWAY DEFEAT: Mildenhall bowler Jonathan Steel (1-39) took the wicket of Witham's Simon Jones (14) on Saturday
AWAY DEFEAT: Mildenhall bowler Jonathan Steel (1-39) took the wicket of Witham's Simon Jones (14) on Saturday
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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Witham 197-5 beat

Mildenhall 196-7

by five wickets

Mildenhall missed the chance to go top of Division One after suffering a five-wicket defeat at title challengers Witham on Saturday.

After news filtered through that leaders Sudbury’s match at Worlington had been abandoned, Mildenhall knew a fifth consecutive win would see them move to the summit.

Mildenhall batted first in a match reduced to 45 overs at Maldon Road, and had an immediate setback after Peter Worthington edged his first ball into the hands of Witham’s wicketkeeper Dan Ward.

The visitors fought back when Matt Allen joined Joe Reed, as the pair compiled another half century partnership between them.

Allen was bowled for 13, before captain Ben Shepperson went into bat as Reed reached his sixth 50 of the season.

Another half century partnership saw the pair help the score pass 100 by the 30th over, with Mildenhall starting to accelerate the run rate.

However with the score at 124-2, Reed departed for 75 and Shepperson (30) was dismissed for LBW to slip to 125-4.

Tom Allen made 44 before the innings closed on 196-7, with the two quick wickets of Reed and Shepperson stalling Mildenhall’s hopes of setting a bigger target for the hosts.

Jake Wakelin went on the charge in reply for Witham, reaching 50 in just eight overs.

The home side reached the 100 mark in the 13th over, before Reed (3-30) finally struck back to take the wicket of Wakelin (70), after the Witham opener was stumped by Karl Holmes.

Mildenhall had a purple patch as the hosts went from 131-1 to 139-4, but they were unable to prevent Witham from reaching the target with five wickets to spare.

n Mildenhall II, III and IV’s scheduled matches all fell foul of the weather, while Jack Loveday scored 126 as Mildenhall Sunday beat Rougham.

n Mildenhall Sunday II saw their trip to Risby cancelled, while Mildenhall Ladies lost to Easton by six wickets.