LEADERS Frinton flexed their muscles to outgun Mildenhall at Wamil Way, in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship division one.

Winning the toss, Frinton skipper Mark Jones asked the home team to bat and was instantly rewarded with three quick wickets.

Mervyn Westfield took two and Michael Armstrong removed leading run-scorer Kobus Scholtz, following a superb backward diving catch from Lewis Catlow.

Mildenhall were in serious trouble at 16 for three until Suffolk’s Ben Shepperson arrived and put on a 66-run fourth wicket partnership with Ryan Clark.

When Clark fell for 37 and Shepperson for 17 the home team collapsed, with Lewis Catlow being the principal tormentor with three for 14. Mildenhall reached 118 all out and handed the visitors eight extra overs to achieve this target.

Frinton reached their objective in 32 overs with the only bright spot for Mildenhall being a good spell from 17-year-old Suffolk player Joe Beaumont who took four for 45.

Frinton skipper Mark Jones was full of praise for his bowling attack.

He said: “We were strong throughout the attack and Mildenhall reckon it’s the best they have seen this season.

“Lewis Catlow was outstanding with the ball and in the field.

“He’s been a great signing and has fitted into the club very well.”

Jones urged his players to keep their focus in the coming weeks.

“We have four games left and must keep our standards up if we are to retain our title,” he said.

Frinton face fourth-placed Mistley at home on Saturday.