Mildenhall suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of Great Witchingham

Tom Allen, who scored 20 in Mildenhall's meagre total of 73 all out against Great Witchingham. Pictu

Tom Allen, who scored 20 in Mildenhall's meagre total of 73 all out against Great Witchingham. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Mildenhall were humbled by Great Witchingham in a one-sided Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League contest, staged at Wamil Way on Saturday.

Put into bat after losing the toss, under-performing Mildenhall were blown away in just 30.4 overs for a miserable total of 73 all out, eventually sliding to an eight-wicket defeat.

Five home batsmen were dismissed for ducks, with the first three wickets falling for just five runs, and half the side back in the pavilion with just 28 on the board.

It needed a last wicket stand of 23 to boost the total from 50 for nine to 73, before Great Witchingham knocked off the runs for the loss of just two wickets, in 23.4 overs.

Mildenhall’s top five batsmen were all the victims of Great Witchingham’s new ball attack of James Spelman and Andrew Hanby.

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Spelman trapped the experienced Andrew Squre leg before for a duck, and also had Matt Allen caught by William Rogers for nought, before Australian Peter Worthington (4) was bowled by Hanby to leave the score on five for three.

Spelman claimed his third wicket by having Suffolk county batsman Ben Shepperson stumped by Robert Groves for another duck, and Hanby bowled wicketkeeper Ryan Clark (1) to leave Mildenhall in disarray.

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Only Tyron Koen and Tom Allen put up any resistance – they were the only home batsmen to reach double figutres. South-African all-rounder Koen top-scored with 25, from 44 balls, striking two of only four boundaries in the whole innings, before Rogers caught him off the bowling of Philip King.

Murtaza Hussain was run out, and Jack Loveday and Jon Allen were quickly dispatched for ducks to leave the score on 50 for nine.

Tom Allen had made a patient 20 off 60 deliveries when he became the last wicket to fall, lbw to the returning Hanby (8.4-3-17-3).

In reply, Tom Allen bowled Spelman (4) with the score on 15, but skipper Sam Arthurton (33 not out) and James Hale (36) then put on 56 for the second wicket to seal a crushing vioctory.

Great Witchingham have cemented their third position, and are now just 22 points behind leaders Sudbury, while Mildenhall remain in seventh.

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