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Mistley are looking to keep the pressure on leaders
6:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in Sport
THIRD-PLACED Mistley have everything to play for as they travel to Haverhill looking to keep the pressure on the two teams above them in divison one of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship.
They’re currently on 240 points, trailing Hadleigh on 242 and league leaders Frinton on 294.
Ipswich were the latest team to be put to the sword by captain Kyran Young’s side last weekend, beaten by 76 runs, with Young putting in an all-rounder’s man-of-the-match performance.
His outstanding innings of 64 was followed by a suberb seven for 32 with the ball and he’s determined that his players won’t give up their challenge for the league just yet.
“We’ll keep fighting on and we’re certainly not going to give up, but it’s a big lead with just six games left,” said Young.
The race is certainly on, though, with Hadleigh beating Frinton last week, meaning both second and third have a chance to catch the table-toppers.
Frinton will be seeking to curb those ambitions at home to mid-table Wivenhoe.
Hadleigh travel to Mildenhall for a tricky away tie knowing they need the full 20 points to maintain their challenge for top spot.
At the other end of the table, bottom club Halstead travel to Maldon seeking to end their two-match losing run if they are to stand any chance of survival.
They currently trail second-from-bottom Elmstead Grasshoppers by 13 points, who play Coggeshall at home, hoping to extend that advantage.
Lowly Ipswich host fellow strugglers Witham as both teams hope to end any worries of being sucked into the relegation battle.
In division two, Braintree will be looking to keep their season alive when they travel to Copford.
The Essex club are third in the table with a points total of 215 points, trailing second-placed Lakenheath by 33 points and leaders Worlington by 62.
Worlington will be looking to counter that threat away to Long Melford, while Lakenheath host bottom-of-the-table Woodbridge.
In other matches, Mildenhall II travel to Dunmow, Easton play Ipswich & ES and Exning take on Brockley.
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