Sudbury and Mildenhall cricket clubs are setting the pace in Two Counties Championship
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Sudbury preserved their 100% record in Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, following a 66-run win at fellow high-fliers Wivenhoe on Saturday.
The visitors made 212 for nine off their 50 overs, built around half-centuries from Darren Batch (57) and Nathan Poole (54). The latter had shared a 54-run stand for the opening wicket with Tom Huggins (29).
Matt Durrell impressed with the ball, taking three for 32 of his 10 overs, and then performed with the bat as Wivenhoe tried to spring a surprise.
Durrell made 39, while Ryan Savil contributed a useful 43, but the Essex hosts fell short and were bowled out for 146.
Spinner Huggins claimed figures of 6-3-6-3, but all seven of Sudbury’s bowlers were amongst the wickets. This was only Wivenhoe’s second defeat from seven games, while Sudbury have won all seven of their fixtures.
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Second-placed Mildenhall have won six games, securing a five-wicket win at Frinton 2nds to keep up their title challenge.
Tom Allen took five for 22 off his 10 overs, while Greg Palmer claimed the important wicket of opener Shane Moseley (44) after he had shared a threatening partnership for the second wicket with Tony Stubbs (30).
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However, it was Joe Reed who was instrumental in turning the tide for Mildenhall, as he took the next three top order batsmen for 44 runs, before Allen came back on to mop up the tail. Frinton were bowled out for 164, with the visitors holding on to eight catches.
Mildenhall got off to a poor start with both openers Reed and Luke Youngs back in the pavilion with just 12 on the board.
However, Ben Shepperson (38) joined Taylor (71 not out) to add 61 for the third wicket, before the more flamboyant Shepperson was bowled by Ian Morton for 38.
But Taylor held firm with support from Luke Turner (17) and youngster Matt Allen (23 not out), the latter striking four boundaries to lift Mildenhall up to second spot.
Elsewhere, a dominant 142 from Maldon opener Chris Harris was not enough to avoid a 53-run defeat at Hadleigh, for whom Ben Parker struck an unbeaten 133.
Worlington pipped third-placed Witham by just one run, helped by 59 from Jimmy Watson.