Mildenhall boost survival chances
CRICKET: Mildenhall got it right on Saturday to pull off an upset win over title-chasing Clacton which has ignited their bid to avoid relegation from the East Anglian Premier League.
MILDENHALL got it right on Saturday to pull off an upset win over title-chasing Clacton which has ignited their bid to avoid relegation from the East Anglian Premier League.
Skipper Brian How was delighted as his team recorded a thrilling 16-run win at Vista Road to move above Ramsey – and out of the danger zone.
"We've never, ever beaten Clacton before – and when we really needed to win we did it," said How.
It was a gutsy all-round performance by his team, including newly-signed Pakistani professional Noor Ul Amin who picked up three vital wickets with his left-arm spin.
"He doesn't speak much English," said How, "But he does know how to say 'How's that' – and he said it many times."
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Noor, from northern Pakistan near the Afghanistan border, combined with Suffolk all-rounder Russell Catley, who collected four for 50 at the other end.
Bury's success at the Victory Ground has stopped the engraver from getting to work on the EAPL trophy just yet. Mallards, 38 points clear of Clacton before play began, lost by five wickets but still hold a 36-point advantage at the top with a maximum of 50 points to play for.
Ryan Maron (four for 37) and Kevin Brooks (three for 42) took advantage after opening bowlers Kevin Shaw and Patrick Barker had pegged the Norfolk side back early on. It took 59 from Rob Purton at No. 6 to lift the Mallards total to 170, and half the Bury side were out for just 95.
Then opener Andy Brown took command, scoring an unbeaten century in an unbroken stand of 76 for the sixth wicket with Ali Douglas.
Michael Kay (67) and Nick Adams (51) led Cambridge Granta to 250 all out at Maldon, who hung on with 163 for nine.
Martin Burton's 105 not out helped Ramsey to 256 for eight at home to Swardeston, who now include ex-IES bowler John Leggett.