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Two Counties column: What we did when runs/wickets/balls were all tied

Action from Two Counties Division One match between Mildenhall and Haverhill. Star umpire Ron Raisey. ENGANL00220130715133612
Action from Two Counties Division One match between Mildenhall and Haverhill. Star umpire Ron Raisey. ENGANL00220130715133612

Hadleigh were well beaten by bottom club Mistley, losing by 146 runs. Mistley 254-9, Kyle Tanner 2-26, Tim Rix 2-24, Hadleigh 108 Marlon Dias 31. Next up Braintree are the visitors.

Haverhill beat Halstead in a close encounter by two wickets. Batting first, Halstead scored 240, Oliver Grayson 92, Dan Pass 3-26, Ben Wilkins 3-36. In reply, Haverhill were 244-8, Chris Palmer 73, Joe Morris 3-31, Josh Wells 3-49. Halstead entertain newly promoted Copford while Haverhill travel to Mistley.

Now into Division Two and a very good win for Lakenheath, beating East Bergholt by 95 runs. Lakenheath 235-5 veteran Paul Pallant 65, East Bergholt 140 Danny Rodic 4-33, and evergreen Tim Milner 4-26. Saturday sees them make the long journey to Clacton.

Struggling Long Melford lost their third game on the bounce when visitors Clacton beat them by three wickets. Long Melford 155-9, Dale Brett 39, Clacton 156-7 Tom Barnard 4-39. Melford are away to Ipswich.

Exning demolished Ipswich & East Suffolk, winning by 141 runs in a very one sided game. Exning 186-7 Matt Catley 51, Ipswich & East Suffolk 45, Daniel Baigent 4-24, Simon Lawson 3-8.

Exning travel to Dunmow where there was a bad incident last weekend. Two men dressed in cricket whites blended in with the players and robbed the changing rooms, taking wallets, phones, keys and a car so please make sure you leave your valuables locked safely away or leave them with a responsible person. This very unsavoury incident needs to be a lesson well learned.

I was due to be umpiring at Lakenheath last Saturday, but was asked during the week to do the Worlington v Mildenhall game, which meant I was able to partake in the once-again excellent tea put on by Mrs Ford.

On Sunday, I was fortunate enough to officiate in the National Village Cup match between Worlington and Belhus CC, from Essex. It was a superb game of cricket, played hard by both sides but in excellent spirit and a game worthy of the final itself. It finished tied, with each side scoring 252-6. As umpires we had to consult the rule book and it went down to the fourth criteria before we found a winner.

Equal on runs, equal on wickets lost, equal on balls faced as no balls and wides did not count. Finally, who scored the most runs in the first 20 overs - Belhus were the winners by such a fine margin.

Matches like this make me realise why I enjoy umpiring so much, hard cricket, great banter, no problems, and both sides enjoying a good drink afterwards. A big contrast to their neighbours on Saturday.

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