A mixed weekend for our local sides, with wins for Hadleigh, Mildenhall, Sudbury, Worlington and Exning, and defeats for Halstead, Lakenheath, Haverhill and Long Melford.
Hadleigh travelled down to Frinton and came away victorious by three wickets.
Frinton II made 162-9, Dominic Manthorpe 3-48, while Hadleigh eased to 165-7, Ben Parker impressing with 40. Next up is a home game against Wivenhoe.
Mildenhall entertained Mistley and comprehensively beat them by six wickets to maintain their push for promotion. Mistley 116, Tom Allen 2-12, Mildenhall 120-4, Joe Reed 44. On Saturday it’s a long trip down to Maldon.
Sudbury got back to winning ways, beating visitors Maldon by five wickets, however four of the home side failed to trouble the scorers in chasing down the runs.
Maldon 60, Ben Hyett 5-29, Sudbury 62-5, Tom Huggins 34no. Next is a trip to bottom of the table Elmstead Grasshoppers.
Halstead made the trip across to Worlington and were beaten by just 18 runs in a closely-fought game that could have gone either way.
Worlington made 174, Jimmy Watson 82, Josh Wells 4-43, Halstead 156, Josh Wells 83, Lewis Parker 3-25. Worlington are away at Mistley and Halstead are at home to Frinton II.
Lakenheath suffered another humiliating defeat away at Copford, losing by 141 runs. Copford 207 Lakenheath 66. Next game is at home to Ipswich.
Haverhill’s promotion hopes were dented with a seven wicket defeat at Easton. Batting first Haverhill struggled to 109, veteran Dan Poole 42, Easton 113-3, Callum Brunning 3-45. Exning are the visitors on Saturday.
Exning were victorious by 22 runs in a low scoring game against Long Melford. Exning reached 141-8, Gareth Boon 4-44, Long Melford 119, Dale Brett 28, Simon Lawson 4-30. Exning travel to Haverhill and Long Melford are at home to league leaders Copford.
One of the things I always enjoy as an umpire is a bit of banter with the players, I’m sure a sense of humour goes a long way in helping control players, especially when the game gets a bit tense.
On Saturday I enjoyed a ‘chat’ on several occasions with Chris Rayner of Halstead.
As you all know by now I like to include something funny from the games, or like to comment on the teas and this week is no different.
Once again the Worlington ladies excelled themselves with another marvellous tea, the highlight for me this week being the sensational sausage rolls, most of which I believe were eaten by Ziaf.
I also learned a couple of interesting facts about, yes you have guessed it, Graham Ford, who likes to think of himself as a local celebrity, or so he says on Facebook.
I have learned he wears pink, yes pink, lucky underpants for every game, and also that he has a secret admirer, a young lady who looks on him as the pin up of the Worlington team. I believe he is still free and single so watch this space for further news of possible wedding bells, but don’t buy a hat just yet.