Two Counties column: Only way is Essex for my Great Cricket Cake Off

Action from Two Counties Division One match between Mildenhall and Haverhill.   Star umpire Ron Raisey. ENGANL00220130715133647
Action from Two Counties Division One match between Mildenhall and Haverhill. Star umpire Ron Raisey. ENGANL00220130715133647
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Mixed fortunes for our Division One sides last weekend, Mildenhall, Halstead and Hadleigh all winning, but defeats for Haverhill and Worlington.

Mildenhall got back to winning ways, easily beating Copford by 138 runs, thanks mainly to a century by Peter Worthington. Mildenhall 349-9, Worthington 112, Steve Taylor 79, Copford 211-7, Steve Taylor 3-23. Saturday sees a long trip to Frinton.

Hadleigh beat Coggeshall by five wickets thanks to a good all-round performance by their overseas Luke Istead. Coggeshall 155, Istead 5-13, Hadleigh 156-5, Alex Milnes 38no, Istead 38. Worlington are the visitors this week.

Halstead won a low scoring, close encounter by just one wicket, beating Mistley. Mistley 141, David Elsbury 3-19, Halstead 145-9. Braintree are the next visitors to Star Stile.

Haverhill suffered a heavy defeat to Braintree losing by 195 runs. Braintree 381-6, Dan Pass 3-49, Haverhill 186, Chris Palmer 34, Dan Pass 30. Coggeshall make the short journey this weekend.

Worlington entertained Witham last Saturday, a side they usually have close games with but this time they were outplayed and lost by eight wickets. Worlington 255-9, Ben Hyde 71, Witham 259-2, Ben Hyde 2-53. They have some crucial games coming up in June starting with a visit to Hadleigh. They need to start winning or will end up being dragged into a relegation battle.

Into Division Two and yet another defeat for Lakenheath, this time losing to Ipswich by three wickets. Lakenheath 141-9, Paul Pallant 23, Ipswich 142-7, Danny Rodic 3-54. A long trip to Easton this coming weekend.

Exning were well beaten by league leaders Maldon, losing by 120 runs. Maldon 237-6, the Lawsons taking two wickets each, Exning 117, Tim Catley 44. It’s a short trip to Mildenhall IIs next.

Long Melford defeated Easton by 40 runs, Long Melford 206-9, Steve Hale 67, Easton 166-9, Matt Hoadley 3-48. Melford are away at Dunmow on Saturday.

After seven matches, our local sides are shaping up well in Division One, Mildenhall second, Halstead fourth, Haverhill fifth, Hadleigh eighth and Worlington ninth.

In Division Two, Long Melford are seventh while Lakenheath and Exning occupy the bottom two positions.

My appointments for June include three visits to deepest darkest Essex. However, on the bright side I know I will get excellent teas at Mistley, Wivenhoe and Copford so things will be hotting up in the Great Cricket Cake Off Competition for 2016, current holders Worlington.

This Saturday, I will be at Haverhill, a ground where I never quite know what will be on the tea table! Adam, please don’t have anything to do with the tea this week.

I was hoping I might finish off this week’s column with more tales of our Worlington Lothario Celebrity, but he is keeping a low profile and currently there is no gossip I can print.

If anyone sees or hears of amusing incidents in games featuring our local sides, please don’t hesitate to email me.