Pakistani veteran spinner Murtaza Hussain takes five wickets in Mildenhall’s victory over Horsford

Joe Reed, who took three for 29 in Mildenhall's 50-run win over Horsford. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Joe Reed, who took three for 29 in Mildenhall's 50-run win over Horsford. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Veteran spinner Murtaza Hussain claimed a five-wicket haul as impressive Mildenhall recorded their fourth win from eight starts, since winning promotion to the East Anglian Premier League as Two Counties champions last season.

Having worked hard to post a modest total of 169 for eight off 64 overs, on a difficult pitch at Wamil Way, hosts Mildenhall then skittled out Horsford for just 119 to win by 50 runs.

Peter Worthington was the backbone of Mildenhall’s innings, after captain Ben Shepperson had won the toss and opted to bat first.

While wickets fell at regular intervals around him, Worthington played responsibly to make 65 off 101 deliveries. The experienced Australian was eventually the sixth wicket to fall on 118.

When Tino Best became captain Ryan Findlay’s fourth victim, caught and bowled for 15, Mildenhall were stuck on 138 for eight, but Hussain (24no) and Jon Allen (10no) added an unbeaten 31 for the ninth wicket.

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West Indian pace-man Best made the initial breakthrough, bowling Jonathon Crowe (14), but it was the spinning duo of Hussain and Joe Reed who then turned the screw to dismiss Horsford inside 49 overs.

Pakistani spinner Hussain, formerly of Surrey and now aged 42, ended with figures of 18-8-34-5, his best haul for the West Suffolk club, while Reed played his part with 13.3-2-29-3.

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“Murtaza was superb. He got a lot of turn, and whenever one of their batsmen went for a shot, he would find a gap,” explained Mildenhall skipper Shepperson.

“Four of his wickets were bowled, and Joe (Reed) played a good supporting role. Joe’s chances have been limited this year, in terms of bowling. He had a shoulder injury at the start of the season, and so Murtaza has taken the leading role.

“It was a very slow wicket, because the wet weather did not help with trying to prepare a new wicket during the week.

“Peter (Worthington) showed all his experience. He adjusted his game to suit the conditions, and was very effective. It was very different to what he is used to, coming from Western Australia with the hard, bouncy wickets, but he has different ways of playing.

“I always thought that we had a competitive total, and so it proved, after Murtaza and Jon Allen had added 31 at the end of our innings.”

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