Umpire Ron Raisey says: Plenty of twists still to come in the final weeks
There were wins for Hadleigh, Mildenhall, Exning, Lakenheath and Long Melford, and defeats for Halstead, Haverhill, Worlington and Sudbury.
Sudbury suffered a rare defeat, losing by eight wickets at home to Wivenhoe in a very high scoring game. Sudbury 316-2, Tom Huggins 101, Nathan Poole 140no. Wivenhoe 320-2. Sudbury drop to second place behind new leaders Witham, who they visit on Saturday.
Hadleigh travelled to Maldon and came away victorious by 109 runs. Hadleigh 242-8, Dominic Manthorpe 95, Maldon 133, Kyle Tanner 5-16. Next up is a home game against Elmstead Grasshoppers.
Mildenhall entertained Frinton II and beat them by four wickets. Frinton 238-6, J Allen 2-25, Mildenhall 241-6, Steve Taylor 146no. Wivenhoe away is their next game.
Halstead visited Mistley and lost by four wickets. Halstead 155, Mistley 159-6. Maldon are the visitors to Star Stile this weekend.
Worlington travelled to Witham and were easily beaten by nine wickets. Worlington 87, Colin Thompson 26, Witham 89-1. Coggeshall are the visitors on Saturday.
Exning beat Dunmow by 157 runs, batting first they scored 268-3, Tim Catley 109, Dunmow 111, Ollie Lawson 5-27. It’s a trip to Easton this weekend.
Haverhill lost a very low scoring game to Braintree by 40 runs. Braintree 107, Callum Brunning 4-7, Haverhill 67. A short trip to Sudbury II is next.
Lakenheath hammered Mildenhall II by nine wickets thanks to an amazing bowling spell by Adam Horrex. Mildenhall 111, Horrex 6-2, Lakenheath 112-1, Dominic Palmer 55no. A trip to Kelvedon to look forward to this Saturday.
Long Melford faced local rivals Sudbury II and won by 120 runs. Long Melford 205-8, Dale Brett 52, Steve Hales 52, Sudbury 85, Gareth Boon 7-20. It’s a visit to Mildenhall IIs next.
The match of the day this Saturday is undoubtedly Witham versus Sudbury.
Witham have overtaken The Talbots to go top for the first time this season, and will be feeling confident having already beaten them at Friars Street earlier in the season.
Having seen both sides this season, I have no doubt this will be an extremely difficult game for Sudbury, but they do have the talent, both batting and bowling, to get their revenge. Had I not been umpiring this Saturday, this is a game I would have loved to be a spectator at.
With just four games left, interesting permutations are being discussed in Division One. Usually two teams are relegated but if Witham win the division, and Bury are relegated from the EAPL, then three teams will go down to Division Two.
Hadleigh and Halstead are in worrying positions near the foot of the table and Haverhill seem to have blown their chances of promotion, while Lakenheath must be congratulated for their good run of form after a disastrous start.
I have a funny feeling there will still be a twist in the tail over the next four weeks. Look out for my awards for the top tea ladies of the season in next week’s newspaper.