Coddenham stay in contact at top

CRICKET: Coddenham & Grundisburgh are launching a realistic assault on the title in their first season in Section A of the Medite Suffolk Alliance.They are currently in third place but are still in touch with the leading pair, Yoxford and defending champions Thomas Mills.


CODDENHAM & Grundisburgh are launching a realistic assault on the title in their first season in Section A of the Medite Suffolk Alliance.

They are currently in third place but are still in touch with the leading pair, Yoxford and defending champions Thomas Mills.

Their latest win came away to Mallards, with Carl Bloomfield (75) and his father Kevin (51) providing the bulk of the runs in a winning total of 189. Occasional bowler Dave Howe picked up impressive figures of six for 43 for Mallards, who made a spirited bid for their first win of the season before ending on 163 for nine.

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Adam Polley, with 57, and Kevin Williams, with 25, led their scoring.

Sudbourne Hall have had a poor start to the season but they did chalk up their first win at home to Caribbeans, who are still seeking their first success.

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The Ipswich side travelled with just nine men and were put out for 51, with Spud Murphy taking four for 10. Sudbourne knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets, to start to make up for the disappointment of being knocked out of the cup at the hands of local rivals Bawdsey.

Cup specialists Sudbourne were bidding for a fourth win in a row until coming unstuck by eight runs at Bawdsey.

Bawdsey, meanwhile, described their defeat at home to Easton II as 'embarrassing'. The former champions were despatched for 83 (Andy Baker 20, Colin Johnson three for 17) and went down by 10 wickets as Dave Marriott (51no) and Richard Fernley (32no) reached their target.

Section B leaders Nacton lost away to Eye II. Ian Crane (75) and Christian Whiting (50 not out) boosted the Eye total to 195 for five, with Colchester United footballer Mick Stockwell taking three for 47.

David Hunt scored 60 in the Nacton reply, but they were only able to reach 166 for nine, Crane completing a good personal performance with four for 20.

Woodbridge II dismissed Holbrook for 113 but might have been in trouble themselves until Matt Parker scored an unbeaten 44 to set up a two-wicket win.

Three teams are still unbeaten in Section C and Needham Market and Nomads recorded more wins. Needham won twice, beating Waldringfield and Southwold, while Nomads accounted for Easton III.

Andy Teague was in top form with bat and ball for Needham at Waldringfield. He took five for 23 as the home side were bowled out for 112 (Kevin Nunn 40) and then scored an unbeaten 52 to set up a six-wicket win.

Next day it was Andy Burgess, with 50 not out, who took Needham to 109 for seven, with Southwold being bowled out for 84 in reply, M Hunt taking five for 27.

Easton III scored an impressive 191 for six (N Reed 65, N Shemmings 62) but Kevin Goldsmith (47) and Mark Gibbons (74) carried Nomads to a fine three-wicket win.

Local rivals Halesworth and Saxmundham fought out a tie in Section D. Mike Upson carried his bat for Halesworth, scoring 85 not out from a total of 130, and Graham Owston replied with 60 as Saxmundham made an identical score.

On the bowling front David Driver took three wickets for Saxmundham, while his dad, Terry, took three for Halesworth.

Trimley produced their best performance of the season to beat Rosary Cavaliers in Section E.

Simon Rivers scored 72 in a total of 212 for five, then B Nichols (four for six) and Chris Sparrow (three for 24) combined to send the Cavaliers packing for 86.

HADLEIGH II preserved their position at the top of Division One of the McNeil Sports Suffolk League after beating nearest challengers Capel.

It was an impressive effort, not least because Hadleigh fielded three league teams on the same day.

Newcomers to the 1st XI have seen other teams benefit with the 2nds fielding a stronger line-up more regularly. On Saturday, Gary Girling (71) and David Willis (64) led the way to 187 for seven, and John Sargeant (four for 46) and Willis (three for 32) helped dismiss Capel for 144. Steve Bumphrey's 54 was in vain for the visitors.

Thurlow are the unbeaten leaders of Division Two. Their sixth win came after scoring 245 for seven at home to Needham Lions, with S Lanceman getting 77. The Lions failed to roar as they slipped to 144 all out.

THE semi final draw for the DFDS Seaways Suffolk Cup sees Exning entertain Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall host Sudbury. In the Plate East Bergholt face Ipswich and East Suffolk and St Margaret's take on Easton. The ties will be played on Sunday, August 11.

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