Worlington 237-8 lost to
by five wickets
Mildenhall closed the gap on leaders Sudbury to just four points as Joe Reed’s excellent knock of 147 led them to a five wicket win at Worlington.
The visitors won the toss and put Worlington into bat, and had an early let off when opener Chris Baugh cut a ball to gully which went straight through Greg Palmer’s hands.
Baugh and Richard Ford took charge to post 50 runs by the 11th over, before Mildenhall got their first success when Ford (20) was caught by Jon Allen off of Reed’s delivery.
The next ball saw Steven Lankester produce a magnificent throw to smash the wickets of Baugh (28), with Jimmy Watson and Graham Ford partnering together to help the hosts move onto 76-2.
Jon Steel came into the Mildenhall attack and quickly sent Ford’s (29) stumps crashing, ending their third wicket stand of 89 runs.
The Worlington innings changed dramatically in the 36th over, as Watson departed for a well-made 86, before Lankester (4-22) rattled off four wickets to restrict the home side to just 37 runs in the final 12 overs.
Mildenhall were set the target of 238 to clinch victory and had luck on their side when Colin Thompson dropped Reed in the first over.
After Peter Worthington (10) and Andy Squire (15) both departed, captain Ben Shepperson joined Reed at the crease to add 97 runs.
Worlington finally took the wicket of Reed, who finished on 147 runs, before Lankester (35 not out) and Allen saw Mildenhall over the line on 240-5.
n Worlington II (137) were beaten by 70 runs at West Mersea (207), despite a half century from Shaun Lister (59) and wickets from Graham Downey (5-53) and Brian Cole (4-72).
n Worlington Academy lost by 85 runs to Long Melford II, with Lister (2-10) and Damo Halls (2-47) taking wickets.
n Worlington saw their Davidstow National Village Cup campaign come to an end on Sunday, following an 88-run defeat against Foxton.