Charlie propels Earl Stonham to the top

ANOTHER huge effort from Charlie Tunstall propelled Earl Stonham to the top of the Greene King Suffolk Premier League with a 203-run thrashing of Stradbroke on Saturday.

Simon Edgar scored 56 and Luke Edgar 25, but from then on the Stonham innings was totally dominated by Tunstall, who scored 175 as the total soared to 338 for six.

Bowling was not much fun – as figures of two overs for 30, and three overs for 52 reveal.

Liam Smith scored 50 before retiring hurt as Stradbroke were bowled out for 135. Tunstall had the final word, sending down five overs to take four wickets for two runs.

Walsham are second, and they had an even higher total against Brantham. The top four in the order all posted half-centuries – Ned Campbell 97, Oli Jackson 69, Steve Owston 76 not out and Ben Davies 60 – to reach 363 for four in 45 overs.


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Again, Brantham had a half-century to claim in the repy, with Colin Orman unbeaten on 50 as the team ended on 168 for nine, to defy Walsham and deny them maximum points.

Eric Davy (64) and Sam Chilvers (51 not out) helped Worlingworth to 208 for four, enough for a 34-run win over Battisford.

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Jonny Doughty opened up with 57 for the visitors, but he only received limited support from C Nijhawan (27) and S Rushbrooke (21). Battisford finished on 174 all out.

Mildenhall opened up a gap on neighbours Worlington at the top of Division One of the Hunts County Bats Suffolk League on Sunday.

Mildenhall secured an impressive eight-wicket win at Woolpit while Worlington were losing by 76 runs in a high-scoring encounter with Sudbury.

Andy Youngs sent back the first three Woolpit batsmen cheaply and the home team never regained momentum. Young spinner Steve Ready followed up with three for 38 and Steve Lankester removed the prolific Andy Northcote, who came in down the order, for just 14 on his way to three wickets as well.

Although Lennox Lwana fell cheaply Frannie Bester (62) and Ben Shepperson (37 not out) made light of the remainder of the task.

Worlington, meanwhile, were on the receiving end of a masterclass from former Sri Lankan Test batsman Kandage Fernando. Sudbury’s overseas player scored 138 and was in dominant form alongside Darren Batch (62) as the visitors rattled up 289.

Worlington put up a spirited reply, with Richard Ford batting through for 117 not out and a final total of 212. Leg-spinner Jack Backler picked up four for 48.

Adam Dellar (98 not out) and Bill Moran (50) helped Haverhill post 220 for five, but that was not enough as Ampton & Culford reached their target with seven wickets in hand. Craig Estlea led the way, but like Dellar he was denied a century when he was out for 97. Neil Baker backed up with 44.

Bury St Edmunds also built up a big winning score. James McKinney score 94, well supported by Tom Robotham (37) and Mark Nunn (38 not out) for a final total of 290 for eight. In reply Edwardstone were all out for 187 with two wickets each for Nunn and Matthew Fildes.

There were plenty of runs as Lakenheath beat Acton by 20 runs. Danny Reynolds scored 93 out of the Lakenheath total of 288 for five, and S Martin (78) and Nick Wright (61) took Acton to 268 for nine in reply.

Mildenhall youngster Jordan Francis carried his bat for an unbeaten 69 out of a Second XI total of 178 for eight. Battisford replied with an innings centred around their opener, C Bull, who scored 67.

The visitors needed 13 runs off the last two overs and two wickets for Jo Turner was followed by Renu van Overmeire giving away just five runs from the last over, with P Rushbrook run out off the last ball leaving them one run short of the Mildenhall total.

Charlie Ruffell scored 140 as Sudbury II posted 305 in division Four, with Woolpit reaching 252 for eight in reply with Gerry Artindale scoring an unbeaten 68.

Mellis scored a narrow two-wicket win over Rougham in Division Five.

A series of high scores launched the MSC Suffolk Alliance Cup first round matches, with Sudbourne Hall leading the way while Section A frontrunners Kesgrave crashed out.

Mick Peck (136) and Jonny Rice (106 not out) put the Needham Market bowlers to the sword as Sudbourne rattled up 283 for one from their 40 overs.

Needham were skittled for 86 in reply, with Alan Burt grabbing four for 22 and Dave Foreman three for nine.

Kesgrave, meanwhile, came unstuck against BT & Waldringfield. Satya Das provided the backbone to the home innings with 94, supported by Kevin Nunn (31), Manoj Kumar (31) and Darren Grimes (25) to post a total of 234.

Andy Gallant (58) and Steve Worne (58) got Kesgrave off to a bright start, but Alan Barnes dismissed them both and then Das completed a good day with four for 42 as the visitors were dismissed for 195 with three overs left unused.

It was an impressive performance by Waldringfield who field their Second XI in the cup competition.

Tim Porter cracked a quickfire 75 for Southwold and after useful contributions from brothers Craig (35) and Gareth Gorst-Allman (33) the final total was 202 for six. Melton St Audry’s slipped to 113 all out in reply.

Stephen Owston scored 93 as early Saxmundham wickets fell at the other end, and then D Saunders (51 not out) and David Driver (32 not out) added the late runs in a total of 229 for five. Woodbridge were never really in the hunt as they finished on 150 for seven.

Rumburgh followed the trend with 261 for five, with George Shipley (63 not out), Karl Brennan (51), James Cross (44) and Joe Hadingham (38) all in the runs. Paul Shelley’s 39 was the highlight as Eye replied with 152 all out.

Paul Allen (89) and Adam Storey (84) helped St Margarets to 236 for three and a 90-run win over Easton, with Will Fiske left unbeaten on 35 at the close.

Stowupland beat Section B opponents Caribbeans as Gavin Johnson (69) and Dave Cobourne (66) led them to 197 for five. S Gregory then snapped up six for 36 as Caribbeans were bowled out for 141.

The highest score of the day, however, came in the Section D match between Nacton and DBSL. Jim Fincham scored 153 not out and Tom Dyson was 111 not out in a massive total of 298 for one. T White (61) and Ben Garnham (44) helped DBSL to respectability at 180 for nine in reply.

In the only other league game Section D leaders Coddenham & Grundisburgh lost for the first time at home to Stradbroke II. Openers Olly Bigley (52) and Matt Wise (47) led Stradbroke to 225 for eight, then James Gilbee grabbed five for 34.

Greene King Suffolk League

*Earl Stonham 338 for 6 (C Tunstall 175, S Edgar 56, L Edgar 25, L Smith 3 for 58). Stradbroke 135 (L Smith 50 ret hurt, S Turner 39, C Tunstall 4 for 2). Earl Stonham (20) bt Stradbroke (5) by 203 runs.

*Walsham 363 for 4 (E Campbell 97, S Owston 76, O Jackson 69, B Davies 60). Brantham 168 for 9 (C Orman 50no, B Chenery 39). Walsham (19) bt Brantham (5) by 195 runs.

*Worlingworth 208 for 4 (E Davy 64, S Chilvers 51no, D Absolon 22). Battisford 174 (J Doughty 57, C Nijhawan 27, S Rushbrooke 21). Worlingworth (20) bt Battisford (5) by 34 runs.

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*Stowupland 197 for 5 (G Johnson 69, D Cobourne 66no). Caribbeans 141 (S Gregory 6 for 36). Stowupland won by 56 runs.

*Sudbourne Hall 283 for 1 (M Peck 136, J Rice 106no, T Jenkin 29no). Needham Market 86 (A Ottley 24, A Burt 4 for 22, D Foreman 3 for 9). Sudbourne Hall won by 197 runs.

Hunts County Bats Suffolk League

Division One

Sudbury 289 (K Fernando 138, D Batch 62, A Younger 25, O Carr 23, A Watson 4 for 37, C Manels 3 for 77). *Worlington 212 (R Ford 117no, T Osborn 23, J Backler 4 for 48). Sudbury (20) bt Worlington (10) by 76 runs.

Haverhill 220 for 5 (A Dellar 98no, B Moran 50). Ampton & Culford 221 for 3 (C Estlea 97, N Baker 44). Ampton & Culford (20) bt Haverhill (6) by 7wkts.

Bury St Edmunds 290 for 8. Edwardstone 187. Bury St Edmunds (20) bt Edwardstone (8) by 103 runs.

Woolpit 108. Mildenhall 109 for 2. Mildenhall (20) bt Woolpit (2) by 8wkts.

Lakenheath 288 for 5 (D Reynolds 93, L Hatch 46, A Horrex 38). Acton 268 for 9 (S Martin 78, N Wright 61, G Palmer 3 for 76). Lakenheath (20) bt Acton (9) by 20 runs.

Division Two

Walsham le Willows 158 for 7 (L Bryant 54). Battisford 126. Walsham (20) bt Battisford (5) by 32 runs.

Withersfield 267 for 7. Tuddenham 64. Withersfield (20) bt Tuddenham (3) by 203 runs.

Brockley 178 for 7. Stowmarket 168. Brockley (20) bt Stowmarket (6) by 10 runs.

Hadleigh 123 (S Nicholson 5 for 25). Exning 127 for 8 (D Baigent 60no, S Bassett 4 for 32, M Battersby 3 for 30). Exning (20) bt Hadleigh (5) by 2 wkts.

Earl Stonham 205 for 8 (C Macrow 62, S Lewis 39, M Hoadley 6 for 31). Hartest & Coldham Hall 160 (R Stone 51, P Storer 4 for 55). Earl Stonham (20) bt Hartest & Coldham Hall (7) by 45 runs.

Division Three

BSSSC 115 (C Chapman 23, M Moye 20, R Thompson 3 for 19, N Drewry 3 for 31). *Rougham 117 for 3 (J Boor 71no, I Firth 20). Rougham (20) bt BSSSC (2) by 7 wkts.

Tendring Park 122. Lavenham 123 for 5. Lavenham (20) bt Tendring Park (3) by 5 wkts.

Horringer 147 (A Jakeman 35, N Keefe 3 for 25, E Burton 3 for 32). Cavendish Wanderers 151 for 8 (C Smith 51, N Keefe 33, R Pillai 3 for 26, J Grainger 3 for 27). Cavendish Wanderers (20) bt Horringer (6) by 2 wkts.

Nowton 166 (A Ward 74, A Dye 5 for 26). Thurston 167 for 2 (R Sadler 122no). Thurston (20) bt Nowton (4) by 8wkts.

Division Four

Gt Cornard 64 (B Byford 3 for 6, T Bigg 3 for 20). Long Melford 68 for 1. Long Melford (20) bt Gt Cornard (0) by 9 wkts.

Battisford II 177 for 9 (C Bull 67). Mildenhall II 178 for 8 (J Francis 69). Mildenhall II (20) bt Battisford II (8) by 2 wkts.

Sudbury II 304 for 6 (C Ruffle 141, Moulton-Day 56, T Parker 3 for 52). Woolpit Academy 252 for 8 (G Artindale 68no). Sudbury II (20) bt Woolpit Academy (10) by 52 runs.

Risby 145 (S Frost 41, R Fowler 4 for 22, A Phillips 3 for 26). Haverhill II 185 for 6 (A Phillips 62). Haverhill II (20) bt Risby (5) by 40 runs.

Division Five

Rougham 158 (D Norburn 41, D Wood 33, S Hubbard 29, A Scarratt 4 for 23, B Roberts 3 for 26). *Mellis 159 for 8 (M Soper 42, A Scarratt 34no, H Beecroft 22, D Norburn 6 for 48). Mellis (20) bt Rougham (8) by 2 wkts.

Elmswell 98 (D Hill 3 for 26). Nowton Academy 99 for 6 (P Arnold 31, D Reed 3 for 21). Nowton Academy (20) bt Elmswell (3) by 4 wkts.

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