Burch top scores as Ipswich beat Witham

Mark Burch, who top-scored with 69 in Ipswich's win over Witham. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Mark Burch, who top-scored with 69 in Ipswich's win over Witham. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Mark Burch top-scored with 69 as Ipswich celebrated another win in Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, this time by a 35-run margin in a low-scoring encounter against Witham.

Home skipper, Joe Rusby, won the toss and elected to bat, although his Ipswich side struggled to 184 all out in 49.1 overs.

Wicketkeeper Burch, batting at No. 3, was the only batsman to advance past 30, with Nicholas Johnson the next highest with 29 at No. 7. Greg Stephens claimed figures of 10-0-30-4, while Shaun Bragg impressed with two for 20 off his 10 overs.

However, some equally tight bowling from Ipswich secured a fourth win of the season, with Witham skittled out for 149 off 40.5 overs. An in-form Jack Elford claimed figures of 10-1-30-3. The opening pair of Damien Smith and Rob Southall both claimed early scalps, and there were two wickets apiece for Jamie De Cosimo and Tom Watson.

Meanwhile, Frinton 2nds beat fourth-placed Coggeshall by four wickets, after the visitors had posted a total of 213 for eight, helped by an opening stand of 77 between Robert Jagger (43) and Edward King (51).

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Jermaine Shillingford took three late wickets to finish with 5-0-21-3, while Tom Lawes bowled 10 miserly overs for just 22 runs.

Frinton 2nds reached their target with four wickets and four overs in hand, James Baker seeing the hosts home with an unbeaten 70 off 110 balls.

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From a worrying position of 142 for six, Baker put on an unbroken stand of 72 for the seventh wicket with the hard-hitting Shillingford (49 not out, off 31 balls).

Lowly Mistley were beaten by 42 runs at Wivenhoe, who amassed 246 for six thanks to a fine century from Brendon Louw. Overseas all-rounder Louw faced 126 balls for his 115 not out, putting on an unbroken stand of 91 for the seventh wicket with skipper Harry Burnett (33 not out).

Mistley finished on 204 for eight. Sizwe Masondo top-scored with 51, aided by Gareth Stevens (44). James Butcher took four for 34.

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