Brothers shine for Thurston

CRICKET: Brothers Martyn and Richard Wilkins inspired another Thurston win that keeps the west Suffolk side at the top of the Suffolk Premier League with an unbeaten record.

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BROTHERS Martyn and Richard Wilkins inspired another Thurston win that keeps the west Suffolk side at the top of the Suffolk Premier League with an unbeaten record.

Skipper Martyn scored 57 and took five wickets in a fine all-round display in the 55-run win over Woodbridge, while Richard weighed in with 53.

Thurston have been in solid batting form all season – on all six occasions when they have batted first they have topped 200. Thanks to the Wilkins boys their total on Saturday was 220 for six, and that was enough as Woodbridge were dismissed for 165.

Martyn Wilkins picked up five for 39 from 20 overs, while Richard Baker added four for 28. Adie Barham (48) and Ian Akers (47) were the main scorers for Woodbridge.

But although Thurston are continuing their long winning run – they won the Intermediate Division last year without being beaten – they are still not clear this time.

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Felixstowe Corinthians have been keeping pace with them, matching their record of seven wins out of seven so far. The latest win for the Felixstowe side came at home to Bourne Vale.

Cameron Monteith carried his bat for an unbeaten 88 in a Corinthians total of 220 for seven, while Bourne Vale were restricted to 131 for seven in reply. Julian Gibbs, with four for 38, was the most successful bowler, although Jon Jacobs took one for 13 from his 12 overs.

There was an exciting finish at Eye where the home side pipped Worlingworth by one wicket. In-form Zac Rush scored 74 in a Worlingworth total of 168 for nine, Bob Perrett taking three for 61 from a marathon 23-over spell.

Ian Crane got Eye off to a good start with 53, and skipper Christian Whiting chipped in with 25, but Simon Rodwell (four for 49) and Ollie Cremnitz (three for 50) kept picking up wickets. Finally A Nicholls and last man J Archer took Eye to their target.

Colchester United footballer Gavin Johnson scored an unbeaten 61 and shared a match-winning partnership with John Grant (51 not out) to help Stowupland beat Walsham by eight wickets. Earlier Paul Pearce had scored 62 in a Walsham total of 124, with Shaun Langford collecting four for 54.

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