Jaik Mickleburgh and Martyn Cull share stand of 192 in Copdock & OI victory

Martyn Cull, who scored his second century of the season in the EAPL to help Copdock & OI to victory

Martyn Cull, who scored his second century of the season in the EAPL to help Copdock & OI to victory at Burwell. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

A superb opening stand of 192 between Martyn Cull and Jaik Mickleburgh helped Copdock & Old Ipswichian to a fourth win of the season, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.

Copdock secured up back-to-back victories, following the previous weekend’s six-wicket win over champions Swardeston, by defeating hosts Burwell by 70 runs to claim a maximum 30 points.

Put into bat, after losing the toss, Copdock amassed a huge total of 355 for six declared, off 62 overs, on a good surface at Mingay Park.

The innings was built around a wonderful opening partnership, between Cull and Mickleburgh, and also an impressive knock from Jack Beaumont at No. 4.

Former Essex stalwart Mickleburgh, who a day later was to plunder 218 not out for Suffolk at Northumberland, warmed up with 94 to put Burwell’s bowlers on the back foot.

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Mickleburgh struck 14 boundaries in his 110-ball stay at the crease, and when he was eventually dismissed, bowled by Josh Arksey, Copdock were just eight runs shy of 200.

Fellow Suffolk opener Cull went on to complete his century, putting on 97 for the third wicket with Beaumont as the visitors continued to pile on the agony.

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Cull struck a six and 20 boundaries in his knock of 133, accumulated off 163 balls, before he was the third wicket to fall with the score on 304.

It was Cull’s second century of the season in the EAPL, following his 100 in the opening day defeat to Cambridge Granta.

Beaumont was one of Arksey’s three victims, but not before the spinner had struck four sixes and six fours in his cameo 74.

Burwell were boosted by a century from Australian Thomas Jagot, in their reply, but Copdock kept their patience to dismiss their hosts for 285 in the 58th over.

Captain Tom Rash was the main wicket-taker, claiming figures of five for 84 off 18 overs, and he was well supported by Beaumont (16-3-47-2).

In fact, it was Beaumont who claimed the scalp of Sydney-born Jagot, who was stumped by Sam Webb-Snowling for 121 – the opener was the eighth wicket to fall, with the total on 273.

Burwell had recovered from 125 for four, thanks to a fifth wicket stand worth 114 between Jagot and Paul Summerskill (56), which was broken by Daniel Leggett.

Spinner Stephen Croft wrapped up victory by trapping Arksey lbw.

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