Mildenhall maintain their strong form to continue title challenge

PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Tom Westley hit an impressive 80 with the bat as Mildenhall overcame Halstead
PIVOTAL PERFORMANCE: Tom Westley hit an impressive 80 with the bat as Mildenhall overcame Halstead




Mildenhall 170-2 beat

Halstead 169

by eight wickets

Mildenhall CC continued their positive start to the season as they moved up to third place in Division One with victory over Halstead.

Having elected to bat, the visitors had an early set back when Charlie Douglas Hughes (2) fell to Jon Steel, before Josh Wells joined Ollie Grayson to complete solid partnership of 60 before Taylor struck, trapping Wells lbw for 45.

Taylor then bowled Grayson (20), before Joe Reed dismissed Dylan Verreynne (3) Harry Pritchard (6).

Greg Palmer grabbed the wicket of Jacob Humphries (2) to leave Halstead on 94-6, before Harry Veal accumulated 27 before falling to Taylor, who also took David Elbury (9).

Young Jon Allen continued to show promise as he took the ninth wicket, dismissing Joe Morris for 27, before Taylor ensured clean bowled Dean Fennesey (6) leaving Halstead bowled out for 169.

Mildenhall’s reply was quite clinical as in form Joe Reed and in need of some form Tom Westley (80) compiled a partnership that was one run short of 150 runs.

Reed was finally bowled by Veal for 83, having posted his fifth half century in six matches. Taylor missed out on the run chase going second ball as itwas left to Youngs (3no) to join Westley and complete the win.

n Elsewhere, Mildenhall II (190-8) secured a 16-run win over Copford (174) in Division Two.

Andy Squire (44), Matt Allen (31) and Ashley Clark (37) impressed with the bat while Peter Worthington (3-16), Jack Loveday (3-77), Martin Kingdon (2-29) Clark (2-44) all took wickets.

n Mildenhall III (149) suffered a setback in Division Four as they fell to an eight-wicket defeat to St Margarets (150-2)

n Mildenhall IV (134-8) fell to a seven wicket loss to East Bergholt II (138-3) in Division Seven

n Mildenhall II sealed a four wicket win over Brettenham in Hunts County Bats Suffolk Sunday League Division Three.