High-scoring loss on final day
Despite centuries from Joe Tetley and Jamie Seabrook, Burwell & Exning (367-8) finished the 2018 Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League campaign with a six-wicket home defeat at the hands of Copdock & Old Ipswichian (370-4) on Saturday.
After being put in to bat by the visitors, Burwell & Exning’s top order struggled to fire, leaving the hosts on 95-5.
It was at that point skipper Tetley and Seabrook came together, scoring 110 and 127 respectively to push their side on to a highly competitive score once the 50 overs were up.
Seabrook then ran out Copdock opener Reuben Sharpe for just 7 as Burwell & Exning made a positive start to their defence.
However, a century from Donald Mambo, coupled with positive knocks by Alex Oxley (77) and Adam Ball (88 not out) helped the away team to get over the line with more than two overs to spare.
The result means Burwell & Exning have ended the campaign in ninth position, having put a total of 293 points on the board.
* Also tasting defeat on the final day was Mildenhall (191), who went down by eight wickets on the road at Vauxhall Mallards (192-2).
Batting first, Mildenhall lost wickets at regular intervals, meaning significant partnerships were hard to come by.
James Stamatis top scored with 44 runs, followed by Steve Graham (29) and Tom Allen (25 not out).
Murtaza Hussain and Alex Cruickshank took one wicket apiece in Mildenhall’s defence, with Ben France (55), Nicholas Smit (55no) and Matthew Austin (52no) all scoring half centuries for the victorious hosts.
Mildenhall have ended the term in third position, 39 points ahead of Frinton-on-Sea in fourth.