Coddenham clinch B title

CRICKET: Coddenham & Grundisburgh completed a tremendous season with victory over nearest rivals Yoxford to clinch the Section B title in the Medite Suffolk Alliance.

CODDENHAM & Grundisburgh completed a tremendous season with victory over nearest rivals Yoxford to clinch the Section B title in the Medite Suffolk Alliance.

The compact Yoxford ground is often a batsman's paradise, but it was hard work on Sunday after a lot of rain the previous day. Martin Trimby top-scored with 32 but the home team could only muster 100 all out, with Adie Green taking four for 13 and Garrod three for 24.

Tom Palmer (49) and Green (39) hurried Coddenham to an eight-wicket success and promotion to Section A for the first time in the history of either club.

In 1991 Grundisburgh were seventh in Section C, and Coddenham two places lower at the bottom of the table. After the merger, with the team playing at Coddenham's pleasant new ground, they finished as runners-up in Section C to earn promotion. Now they go up as champions of Section B.

Woodbridge II and Nacton will be moving in the other direction. Easton II avoided dropping below Woodbridge when their final match, at home to Melton St Audry's, was abandoned early in the second innings. Melton had scored 132 (Mick Utting 36, Richard Edwards 21) with both Stewart Keeble and Dave Marriott taking four cheap wickets.

Easton, in turn, were 35 for four when rain halted play.

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Nacton will probably be happy enough to go down after a difficult season in which they won only two of 13 games. They scored 107 for six in a 40-over game at Sudbourne Hall (Dave Hogarty 35, Andy Smethurst 20 not out) but it was not enough as the home team got home by four wickets (Peter Clift 45, Rob Jenkin 21). Smethurst took the bowling honours with four for 25.

At the bottom of Section B it could still be Holbrook who are relegated with Southwold. They bowled Worlingworth II out for 94 (D Last five for 37) but crumbled to 63 all out in reply (Doug Ramsay three for 18, Craig Anderson three for 33).

Now they need seven points from their final match, against Holbrook, to stay above Worlingworth and avoid the drop.

Melton St Audry's II are on course for the Section C title, but could still slip up. They beat Waldringfield by 41 runs with Keith Wright (46) and Donovan Steward (33) dominating their innings of just 107. Bim Sharpe (four for 54), Rob Harris (three for 38) and Alan Barnes (three for six) took the wickets. The visitors, however, were then dismissed for just 68.

St Audry's still have to play their two closest rivals, Elmsett and Eye II.

Eye II beat Halesworth by six wickets with P Shelley scoring an unbeaten 65.

Easton III need nine points from their final match, against Stradbroke II, to finish ahead of Pettistree in Section D. Against Saxmundham, Easton put up a healthy looking 179 for six (Stewart Keeble 66 not out, Richard Fernley 49) only for the visitors to knock off the runs for the loss of five wickets, with David Driver leading the way with an unbeaten 86.

And finally, Wortham II will be runners-up to Tattingstone III in Section E if they take one point from their last game at home to Diss Mere Select.