mildenhall must keep up good form

CRICKET - Mildenhall (Batting) v Haverhill (Bowling/Fielding)''Pictured: Ben Shepperson ANL-140505-163709009
CRICKET - Mildenhall (Batting) v Haverhill (Bowling/Fielding)''Pictured: Ben Shepperson ANL-140505-163709009
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Ben Shepperson has urged his Mildenhall players to keep up their good form in order to have a chance of promotion back into the Premier League.

At the halfway stage of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship season, Mildenhall currently lie in second place in Division One.

Saturday’s win away at local rivals Worlington saw the Wamil Way-based outfit close the gap on leaders Sudbury to just four points.

And ahead of hosting Mistley on Saturday (1pm), the Mildenhall captain is hoping they can continue their challenge for the title.

“We’ve got off to a pretty good start,” Shepperson said. “We’ve achieved what we wanted to so far to still be in the top two.

“I wouldn’t say we are the favourites to win the title, which is probably a bit in our favour really.

“We need to keep performing and hopefully go through this second half of the season with one less slip up.

“If we can beat Sudbury and get one back over them, and win nine, maybe 10 of our games left then we will have a chance.”

Joe Reed’s knock of 147 saw Mildenhall complete a five-wicket win against Worlington at the weekend, with Shepperson praising the all-rounder for his performance with the bat at The Street.

“Joe has worked really hard in the nets,” the Mildenhall skipper said. “He’s practising more than anyone I’ve seen.

“It was nice to get one over on our rivals. We play them in our last game of the season.

“If we are at this stage with one game to go we’ll have a great opportunity, and I would be delighted to win the title in front of a big crowd.”

The top five teams in Division One are separated by 12 points heading into this weekend’s fixtures, with leaders Sudbury and fifth-placed Witham set to host strugglers Maldon and Elmstead Grasshoppers respectively.

Meanwhile, Mildenhall entertain a Mistley side who thrashed Sudbury by six wickets in their last outing.

“Mistley are quite a difficult side to play against,” Shepperson said. “They’ve got a few players who could get into any side in the league.

“Their win at Sudbury wasn’t expected, so we’ve got to be on top of our game.”

n In the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, Burwell are currently ninth at the halfway point of the season.

Peter Richer’s side travel to table toppers Swardeston on Saturday (11am).