Bawdsey do near neighbours a favour

THE last Sunday of the cricket season saw Bawdsey do near neighbours Melton St Audry’s a favour by beating BT & Waldringfield II in Section C of the MSC Suffolk Alliance.

That meant Waldringfield, who had been top, dropped back to be runners-up behind St Audry’s.

Peter Mark had taken five for 38 as the visitors were held to 163 for nine, then his brother David scored 55 to lead Bawdsey to a six-wicket win. Alex Smith (42 not out) and Adam Green (38) provided useful contributions for Bawdsey.

In Section A Wortham, who were promoted from Section B last season, played out a thrilling tie with Sudbourne Hall to ensure they finished third, one place ahead of their rivals.

James Coleman (73) and Darren Philpot (70) gave Wortham a very solid base, but the remaining batsmen did not really kick on and Dave Foreman snapped up four for three at the end to restrict the visitors to 189 for seven.

Mick Peck (51) and Peter Clift (38) kept Sudbourne in the hunt, but it was a fine partnership between L Johnson (23 not out) and No. 9 Charlie Hunt (19 not out) that took them to exactly the same total.

Jack Buckmaster (four for 42) and Darren Philpot (three for 54) were the most successful bowlers.

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Jon Todd scored 80 as Easton rattled up 214 for eight, then visitors Stradbroke were put out for just 88.

Rumburgh completed their season without a win after Dan Crane’s 63 pushed the Saxmundham total up to 182. That was too many for Rumburgh, who were dismissed for 84 with Billy Thurston taking three for 15.

Southwold completed their title-winning season in Section B with a five-run success against Martlesham Nomads on the Common.

The home team were in a bit of trouble at 72 for five, but then Keith Pettman (25) and Andy Hirst (35) led a recovery and late hitting from Steve Hines and Roger Sweet took the final tally to 165.

Ben Connell and Kevin Goldsmith both scored 45 as Martlesham set off in pursuit of their target, but the required run rate climbed and Mark Gibbons did not quite find enough support at the other end as he ended on 41 not out and Martlesham ran out of overs on 160 for six.

MSC Suffolk Alliance

Section A

*Easton 214 for 8 (J Todd 80, J Kimmerling 38, S Bennett King 21, J Franklin-Mann 3 for 66). Stradbroke 88 (M Wise 40, M Akmal 3 for 4). Easton (20) bt Stradbroke (5) by 126 runs.

Saxmundham 182 (D Crane 63, M Crane 35, G Butler 25, D Milne 3 for 70). *Rumburgh 84 (B Thurston 3 for 15). Saxmundham (20) bt Rumburgh (6) by 98 runs.

Wortham 189 for 7 (J Coleman 73, Darren Philpot 70, D Foreman 4 for 3). *Sudbourne Hall 189 for 7 (M Peck 51, P Clift 38, L Johnson 23no, J Buckmaster 4 for 42, Darren Philpot 3 for 54). Sudbourne Hall (13) tied with Wortham (13).

Easton v Stradbroke and Rumburgh v Saxmundham results to come.

Section B

*Southwold 165 (A Hirst 35, K Pettman 25, M Chapman 3 for 38). Martlesham Nomads 160 for 6 (B Connell 45, K Goldsmith 45, M Gibbons 41no). Southwold (18) bt Martlesham Nomads (9) by 5 runs.

Section C

BT & Waldringfield II 163 for 8 (D Francis 30, A Chopra 29, K Nunn 24, S Suranth 21, P Mark 5 for 38). *Bawdsey 164 for 4 (D Mark 55, A Smith 42no, A Green 38). Bawdsey (18) bt BT & Waldringfield II (6) by 6 wkts.

Section D

DBSL (20) received a walk-over from Felixstowe Corinthians (0).

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