Worlington batsmen go on run spree

Chris Baugh, who scored 201 not out for Worlington

Chris Baugh, who scored 201 not out for Worlington

WORLINGTON’S Chris Baugh and Graham Ford rewrote the record books as they went on a run spree in Division Two of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship on Saturday.

Baugh scored 201 not out against Woodbridge & Old Woodbridgians to equal the division’s highest individual score set by Woolpit’s Andy Northcote in 2009.

Baugh’s double century also set a new club record highest individual score and their opening partnership of 285 – Ford made 100 – surpassed the record for the club’s first-wicket stand of 228 set several years ago.

Worlington skipper Richard Ford, who was serving the last of a four-match ban imposed last season for failing to control his players, watched the action unfold from the boundary’s edge.

Baugh, who returned to Worlington two years ago after a spell at Mildenhall, struck 22 fours and cleared the ropes five times in his innings and Ford said: “Chris batted very well.

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“He got off to a quick start and was hitting the bad balls and was making some good balls into bad balls as well. He dominated throughout his innings.

“Graham, my younger brother, also put the bad balls away and was also scoring singles to give Chris the strike.”

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Richard Ford held the club’s record for the highest individual score – 180 not out against Sudbury 2nd XI in Division Three, three years ago.

He said: “I was the first to congratulate him. To score 200 runs is a massive achievement, especially as we are still in April!

“The wicket was batsman friendly – the ball carried through to the wicket-keeper and as soon as the shine was off the ball it was a case of helping yourself.”

Visitors Woodbridge, faced with chasing Worlington’s 334 for two, folded for 111 in reply, to lose by 223 runs.

Skipper Ford, who at 25 is three years older than his brother, continued: “I said to the lads they had only done half the job and to make sure we went out and took maximum points.

“Carl Manels (12-2-17-3) bowled well as did young Luke Du Plooy (8-2-13-2) and Darren Hayward (14-1-14-3) cleaned up the tail. Luke, who is only 18, took six wickets last week so has started the season well.”

After just two matches Worlington, who finished third last season, have a maximum 40 points and sit joint top of the table with Dunmow.

Ford Senior said: “We were robbed of promotion by the weather last year. We had eight games called off, whereas Witham and Hadleigh (the two promoted sides) had eight between them.

“We have set our sights on promotion and hopefully we can keep our good start going at Ipswich & East Suffolk this weekend.”

Ford, who had a operation on his back in the winter, will return to lead the side on Saturday following his ban.

“What was said was personal and was wrong. The player concerned has since left the club,” he said.

“The incident made me think twice about being captain this year, and I have laid the law down to the players.”

Worlington were not the only side in record-breaking action at the weekend.

Ipswich & East Suffolk were skittled out for just 29 at home to Witham in Division Four, to set a new lowest divisional total.

Copford previously held the unwanted record of 35, set in 2006. Braintree, returning to Division C after an eight-year absence, also got in on the act, against Felixstowe.

Geoff Eveling and Keith Merrell shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 228 to shatter the previous record of 169 set only last season by Ipswich at Kelvedon & Feering.

Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship scoreboard

Division One

*Elmstead Grasshoppers 106 (M Perrin 26, D White 22, K Ellis 4 for 19, L Ibbs 3 for 27). Hadleigh 107 for 5 (M Dias 61). Hadleigh (20pts) bt Elmstead Grasshoppers (3pts) by 5 wkts.

Wivenhoe 197 for 6. *Halstead 66. Wivenhoe (20pts) bt Halstead (3pts) by 131 runs.

Mildenhall 145 (S Lankester 30, E Laubscher 26, A Phillips 3 for 32, N Brunning 3 for 37). *Haverhill 146 for 3 (L Youngs 58no). Haverhill (20pts) bt Mildenhall (3pts) by 7 wkts.

*Ipswich 175 for 9 (J Alder 57, A Stockton 40, A McKinnon 27, T Pugh 4 for 48), J Alder 3 for 34). Maldon 176 for 5 (J Glenn 105no, C Harris 25, J Alder 3 for 34). Maldon (19pts) bt Ipswich (6pts) by 5 wkts.

Frinton 171 for 9 (B Foakes 57, C Perrin 30, A Dellaposta 4 for 20). *Mistley 157 (M Griggs 40, K Young 26, B Wilcock 4 for 41, I Morton 3 for 40). Frinton (20pts) bt Mistley (7pts) by 14 runs.

Coggeshall 145 (D Green 50, O Blackwell 50, J Rees 20, P Bellehewe 3 for 6, J Wakelin 3 for 37). *Witham 141 (J Wakelin 39, J Suett 31, C Bragg 3 for 35). Coggeshall (20pts) bt witham (7pts) by 4 runs.

Division Two

*Braintree 271 for 5 (R Jones 89, R Vickery 52, C Leech 44, W Celiz 35, S Jones 32). Lakenheath 177 for 5 (R Horrex 43, A Leech 43no, S Leech 39, L Bentley 3 for 62). Braintree (17pts) bt Lakenheath (6pts) by 94 runs.

Exning 149 (R Readman 42, B Cross 25, B Readman 21no, S Moriarty 4 for 38, T Nair 4 for 44). *Copford 101 (S Moriarty 25, I Starling 4 for 25). Exning (20pts) bt Copford (6pts) by 48 runs.

Long Melford 138 (H Walters 42, J Harvey 21, B Sewell 5 for 53, J Down 3 for 23). *Dunmow 139 for 3 (O Rooney 62no, N Rooney 37). Dunmow (20pts) bt Long Melford (3pts) by 7 wkts.

*Easton 173. Brockley 176 for 6. Brockley (20pts) bt Easton (6pts) by 4 wkts.

Ipswich & ES 218 for 8 (D Leach 69no, R Glassford 64, D Bloomfield 32, T Allen 5 for 65). *Mildenhall II 132 for 9 (M Taylor 36no, T Allen 25, K Pearson 23, G Driver 5 for 48). Ipswich & ES (19pts) bt Mildenhall II (6pts) by 86 runs.

*Worlington 334 for 2 (C Baugh 201no, G Ford 100). Woodbridge & OW 111 (E Parker 27, B Hammett 20, R Scopes 20, D Hayward 3 for 14, C Manels 3 for 17). Worlington (20pts) bt Woodbridge & OW (2pts) by 223 runs.

Division Three

Sudbury II 200 for 7. *Abberton 116. Sudbury II (20pts) bt Abberton (4pts) by 84 runs.

Little Bardfield Village 205 for 2. *Coggeshall II 167 for 9. Little Bardfield Village (19pts) bt Coggeshall II (4pts) by 38 runs.

*Felixstowe 165 for 8. Bury St. Edmunds II 168 for 9. Bury St Edmunds II (19pts) bt Felixstowe (7pts) by 1 wkt.

Yoxford 79. *Frinton II 80 for 1. Frinton II (20pts) bt Yoxford (0pts) by 9 wkts.

*Kelvedon & Feering 214 for 5. Brightlingsea 124 for 9. Kelvedon & Feering (19pts) bt Brightlingsea (3pts) by 90 runs.

Halstead II 122 for 9. *Needham Market 126 for 6. Needham Market (19pts) bt Halstead II (4pts) by 4 wkts.

Division Four

*Great Bromley 158 for 6. Ipswich II 91. Great Bromley (20pts) bt Ipswich II (3pts) by 67 runs.

*Hadleigh II 25 for 1 v Copdock & OI II – match abandoned. Hadleigh 6pts, Copdock & OI II (6pts).

*Ipswich & ES II 29. Witham II 31 for 2. Witham II (20pts) bt Ipswich & ES (1pt) by 8 wkts.

*Stowmarket 107 for 9. East Bergholt 108 for 4. East Bergholt (19pts) bt Stomarket (3pts) by 6 wkts.

Clacton II 115. *Wivenhoe II 116 for 6. Wivenhoe II (20pts) bt Clacton II (4pts) by 4 wkts.

*Woolpit II 204 for 3. Mistley II 158 for 3. Woolpit II (16pts) bt Mistley II (4pts) by 46 runs.

Division Five

Elmstead Grasshoppers II 180 for 8. *Bury St Edmunds III 149 for 8. Elmstead Grasshoppers II (19pts) bt Bury St Edmunds III (6pts) by 31 runs.

Earl Stonham v St Margaret’s - match cancelled. Earl Stonham (6pts), St Margarets (6pts).

*Ipswich III 125. Mildenhall III 128 for 2. Mildenhall III (20pts) bt Ipswich III (3pts) by 8 wkts.

Harwich & Dovercourt 56 for 1 v *Maldon II - match cancelled. Harwich & Dovercourt (6pts), Maldon (6pts).

Haverhill II 102 for 7. *Nacton (18pts) 103 for 5. Nacton (18pts) bt Haverhill II (3pts) by 5 wkts.

*Tuddenham 216 for 4. Boxted 164 for 6. Tuddenham (18pts) bt Boxted (5pts) by 50 runs.

Division Six

*Brightlingsea II 43 for 5 v Felixstowe Corinthians - match abandoned. Brightlingsea II (6pts), Felixstowe Corinthians (8pts).

*Long Melford II 302 for 6. Kesgrave 93. Long Melford II (20pts) bt Kesgrave (3pts) by 209 runs.

Division Seven

*Mildenhall IV 184 for 4. Worlingworth 186 for 3. Worlingworth (17pts) bt Mildenhall IV (5pts) by 7 wkts.

Division Eight East

St Margarets II v Easton II - match cancelled. St Margarets II (6pts), Easton II (6pts),

DBSL 50 for 6 v *Tendring - match abandoned. DBSL (6pts), Tendring (9pts).

Division Eight South

Coggeshall IV 10 for 0 v *Harwich & Dovercourt II - match abandoned. Coggeshall IV (6pts), *Harwich & Dovercourt II (6pts).

Division Eight West

Stowmarket II 100. *Brockley II 101 for 4. Brockley II (20pts) bt Stowmarket II (3pts) by 6 wkts.

*Elveden v Bury St Edmunds IV. Elveden (20pts) bt Bury St Edmunds IV (0pts) by concession.

Nowton 285 for 1. *Haverhill III 187 for 9. Nowton (19pts) bt Haverhill III (4pts) by 98 runs.

Battisford 176 for 5. *Lakenheath II 69. Battisford (20pts) bt Lakenheath II (2pts) by 107 runs.

Division C

Mistley 99. *Abberton 101 for 1. Abberton (20pts) bt Mistley (0pts) by 9 wkts.

*Braintree 283 for 2. Felixstowe 130. Braintree (20pts) bt Felixstowe (3pts) by 153 runs.

Ipswich 79. *Frinton 81 for 1. Frinton (20pts) bt Ipswich (0pts) by 9 wkts.

*St Osyth 225 for 8. Brightlingsea 160 for 2. St Osyth (16pts) bt Brightlingsea (7pts) by 65 runs.

Ladies’ Challenge

Easton v Mildenhall - scores not received. Easton Ladies won.

* Denotes home team.

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