New overseas recruit Tyron Koen inspires Mildenhall to victory at Burwell
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New signing Tyron Koen starred with bat and ball as Mildenhall celebrated a fifth victory of the season, at the half-way point in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.
Recruited as Mildenhall’s new overseas player, as a replacement for the departed Tino Best, Koen smashed a superb 92 and then took three wickets in the Suffolk side’s 33-run victory at Burwell.
Put into bat, Mildenhall totalled 212 all out off 57.2 overs, with Koen the main contributor.
The visitors were in trouble on 33 for four, when Australian Peter Worthington became Sam Rippington’s second victim, caught behind by wicketkeeper Paul Summerskill.
But talented South African all-rounder Koen, enjoying solid support from Ben Shepperson, then put on 60 for the fifth wicket. Shepperson scored 30 off 35 balls.
Koen then stepped up a gear, hitting four sixes and seven fours in his 88-ball innings of 99, enjoying some late assistance from Murtaza Hussain (19) and Jon Allen (21 not out).
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Koen was eventually the eighth wicket to fall, with the total on 198, one of Jay Ghelani’s four scalps.
The match was well poised at the half-way mark, but Mildenhall took regular wickets during Burwell’s innings to wrap up a fine victory.
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There were three wickets each for Koen, Kyle Morrison and Matt Allen, Koen marking his first delivery for Mildenhall by trapping Simon Donald leg before for a first-ball duck.
But it was Koen’s new-ball partner, Morrison, who did the main early damage, taking three of the top five batsmen to reduce Burwell to 89 for six. Morrison finished with figures of 8.4-2-32-3.
It was Matt Allen who ended the stubborn resistance of opener Thomas Jagot (32), and Koen returned to the attack to dismiss Richard Potter (9).
Jamie Seabrook, batting at No. 7, top-scored with 49, including a 41-run stand with Rippington (12).
But spinner Joe Reed then had danger-man Seabrook stumped by Eddie Finnis, to leave the hosts on 175 for nine, and appropriately it was Koen who wrapped up victory by dismissing Josh Arksey.
Burwell were dismissed for 179, with Koen taking three for 41 off 12.4 overs, and Matt Allen three for 35 off 13 overs.
Mildenhall are away at Vauxhall Mallards this Saturday.