Blackledge stars for Mildenhall
Tristan Blackledge starred with bat and ball as Mildenhall (279-3) recorded a 171-run home derby victory over Burwell & Exning (108) in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.
Opening alongside skipper Tom Rash, the recent arrival from Cambridge Granta top-scored with 97 runs.
He was part of an opening-wicket stand of 122 before Rash was run out by Tim Catley, while he and James Stamatis put on 139 runs for the third wicket.
Stamatis remained unbeaten at the crease on 77 when the winning runs were struck, having his four fours and three sixes off his 66 deliveries faced.
The Burwell & Exning reply, meanwhile, never gained any major momentum as they shipped wickets at regular intervals.
Rash accounted for the wickets of opening pair Simon Donald (0) and Tom Griffiths (4), leaving the away side 21-2.
Andrew Bramley – batting at number three – did offer some resistance with his knock of 40, but his team-mates struggled to follow suit.
Captain Joe Tetley (27) was the first Burwell & Exning batsman to fall to the bowling of Blackledge, who went on to end his 8.5 overs with figures of 5-27.
Nick Maiolo also got in on the act for Mildenhall, taking 2-8 from his five overs with the ball in hand as Burwell & Exning limped to 108 all over from 33.5 overs.
With four matches of the 2018 campaign left to play, Mildenhall are on course to secure a top three finish.
And they have a big chance to rubber stamp third spot when they travel to the side directly below them on Saturday – fourth-placed Frinton-on-Sea (11am).
When the sides met at Wamil Way earlier in the campaign, Frinton ran out victors by a slender one-wicket margin.
It was a day to forget for Mildenhall’s batting line-up, with five of them losing their wickets without troubling the scoreboard.
Meanwhile, eighth-placed Burwell & Exning will aim to halt their two-game losing sequence when they play host to Cambridge Granta on Saturday (11am).
Granta are one place and nine points below this weekend’s hosts.