Maiolo almost delivers the win
Nick Maiolo’s heroics almost delivered Mildenhall (361) victory from their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League encounter at Swardeston (309-9) on Saturday.
However, despite the South African’s impressive performance with both bat and ball, the hosts managed to hold out for a draw.
After Mildenhall opener Joe Reed (9) lost his wicket early on to the bowling of Thomas Oxley, Maiolo entered the action at number three.
He dealt largely in boundaries throughout his stay at the crease, hitting 20 fours and three maximums on his way to a score of 131 runs from 128 balls.
Jon Allen also helped the cause with 49, while Adam Trett (39), Ed Finnis (27) and captain Tom Rash (25) made useful contributions as the visitors racked up 361 runs before the final wicket fell.
To Swardeston’s credit, they made a valiant attempt to chase down Mildenhall’s target.
They got off to a positive start through Jordan Taylor (43) and Stephen Gray (96), who narrowly missed out on a century.
Joe Gatting, meanwhile, hit a destructive 53 from 48 balls and Freddie Ruffell was another batsman who attacked the bowling.
Ruffell made 59 from 37 balls including four sixes.
It was thanks to the rearguard actions of Thomas Oxley (6 no from 13 balls) that Swardeston were able to secure a draw.
The home team finished on 309-9 from 57 overs, despite the best efforts of Maiolo (4-86) and Matt Allen (3-39).
Despite the disappointment of not being able to claim the final wicket, the result ended Mildenhall’s run of back-to-back defeats in the EAPL at the hands of Great Witchingham and Vauxhall Mallards.
Mildenhall (6th) will now look to get back on the winning trail when they play host to Horsford (8th) at Wamil Way on Saturday (11am).
Horsford go into the contest in promising form, having picked up three victories from their previous five outings.