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Aug '10 24

Mildenhall Bulldogs clinch final Playoff Spot in British NBL



by BSUK special correspondent Simon Fitzjohn, www.baseballsoftballuk.com

The Mildenhall Bulldogs claimed the prized final playoff spot in 2010, and the Richmond Flames laid down an impressive marker as the National Baseball League regular season drew to a close on Sunday 22 August.

The Bulldogs swept the Herts Falcons in a winner-takes-all showdown, while the Flames eased past heavyweights Bracknell Blazers.

Herts Falcons @ Mildenhall Bulldogs

Anyone expecting a tension-filled, tight brace of encounters was to be disappointed as the Bulldogs rolled to impressive 11-4 and 18-1 victories.

Barry Wiles and Ken Reber picked up the wins on the mound, sentencing Pete Kikel and Nic Goetz to defeat and erasing the Falcons from the play-off picture in the process.

Herts’ Aspi Dimitrov said, “My immediate reaction is obviously one of disappointment. We were so close to making it, but all of the credit must go to Mildenhall. They fully deserved their wins.”

“I am going to predict that if they get all of their players back for the playoffs they are going to surprise a few people and could even go all the way.”

Bracknell Blazers @ Richmond Flames

Richmond swept the Blazers in impressive fashion to wrap-up their third-place finish in style. The Flames were 13-0 and 6-5 winners, with Ryan Bird and Rob Unsell taking the pitching honors.

Coach Grant Delzoppo also clubbed a two-run home run in Game One as part of an impressive all-round display.

Delzoppo said: “We are really pleased. To get two wins and finish the season on a high is a real plus for us. We beat their best pitchers. It is always good to beat a side like Bracknell and this will give us a real boost heading into the play-offs.”

Time Home Visitor Result
Sunday, August 22 2010
United Kingdom 12:00 Richmond Flames Bracknell Blazers 13:00
United Kingdom 12:00 Mildenhall Bulldogs Herts Falcons 11:04
United Kingdom 14:30 Richmond Flames Bracknell Blazers 06:05
United Kingdom 14:30 Mildenhall Bulldogs Herts Falcons 18:01

Standings

# Team W L R+ R- .pct GB Streak
1 London Mets 24 4 272 120 .857 0 L1
2 Bracknell Blazers 21 5 257 119 .807 2 L2
3 Richmond Flames 17 11 195 106 .607 7 W3
4 Southampton Mustangs 13 15 189 203 .464 11 L5
5 Mildenhall Bulldogs 10 16 193 178 .384 13 W4
6 Croydon Pirates 10 18 186 259 .357 14 L3
7 Herts Falcons 9 19 146 266 .321 15 L2
8 Essex Arrows 4 24 122 309 .142 20 L1

2010 NBL Play-offs: Saturday 28 August

  • Croydon Pirates @ Richmond Flames
  • Mildenhall Bulldogs @ Southampton Mustangs



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