Sudbury Cricket Club’s unbeaten start to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship came to a halt at Friars Street on Saturday, Witham winning a high-scoring game in the last over.
First Division leaders Sudbury, with a second-wicket partnership of 248 from Tom Huggins (145) and skipper Darren Batch (119), scored 334 runs for the loss of six wickets.
In reply, a third-wicket partnership of 221 by opener Kaan Hawes (90) and Leroy Facey (173 not out) helped Witham to 335 for the loss of seven wickets.
Sudbury stay top of the First Division, but with second-placed Mildenhall beating Wivenhoe on Saturday, their lead has been cut to five points.
Also in the First Division Halstead skipper Josh Wells scored 93 and took two wickets for 14 runs as Halstead (258-8) comfortably beat Maldon (104) by 154 runs. Charlie Douglas-Hughes took three wickets for nine runs as Maldon were dismissed cheaply.
Hadleigh suffered a narrow home defeat. They reached 159-9 in their 50 overs, Elmstead Grasshoppers losing seven wickets as they scored 161 for a three-wicket victory.
In Division Two Long Melford (182-8) beat Mildenhall II (164), Steve Martin scoring 60 for Long Melford. In Mildenhall’s reply Samad Abbas-Murtaza took four wickets for 25 runs and Tom Barnard four for 58.
Sudbury II (185) lost to Haverhill (186-5) by five wickets.