Mildenhall 136 lost to
Sudbury 242-5 by 106 runs
Mildenhall’s title hopes were dealt another blow after they slipped to a 106 run defeat to Division One leaders Sudbury at the weekend.
After winning the toss, Mildenhall put the visitors into bat, with Sudbury opener Tom Huggins quickly finding his stride to hit several boundaries.
Mildenhall fought back when Jon Steel produced the perfect ball to dismiss Huggins for 26 runs.
Peter Worthington was next to strike for the hosts, making Nathan Poole (18) edge into the hands of Andrew Squire to reduce Sudbury to 60-2.
Darren Batch and Adam Mansfield added 80 runs to their total, before the appearance of rain caused a long delay in the 36th over.
The Sudbury duo returned after the enforced break to complete a century partnership, which was brought to an end when Mansfield (69) was caught by Ben Shepperson off the bowling of Steel (2-46).
Worthington (3-39) caught and bowled Batch for 60, before Ben Reece (21 not out) and James Poulson (13 no) picked off boundaries in the final overs to ensure the leaders closed on 242-5.
Mildenhall’s confident start to the run chase was quickly ended when Joe Reed and Squire departed for 14 and 13 respectively.
Alarm bells started ringing when Worthington was removed for 49 runs, with Sudbury bowlers Huggins (3-20) and Reece (3-30) bowling the hosts all out for 136 runs.
n Mildenhall II saw their Division Two clash at Braintree abandoned, with their Essex hosts on 170-1 in the 35th over.
n In Division Four, Mildenhall III lost at home to Felixstowe by 29 runs, despite three wicket hauls from Lee Chipchase, Andrew Zajac and Jack Horn.
n Centuries from brothers Richard (121) and Graham Ford (106 no) helped Mildenhall Sunday to a 67 run victory against Woolpit, while Mildenhall Sunday II squeezed home to a one wicket win against Edwardstone,