Sudbury Cricket Club, Colin's Column, Week 7
|Author: Colin||Published: 5th June 2013 11:54|
Apologies for the slight delay in this week's column but I'm on my travels and the working week is a bit different here..
As I sit here on the balcony of my 9th floor room in the Sofitel, Jumeirah Beach Resort, Dubai watching the last rays of the sun disappear over the Arabian gulf, I ponder on the vicissitudes of life, it's about 35 degrees now having been 42 earlier in the day (too hot by several) when I catch sight of the TV news of floods and general devastation in Central Europe particularly Prague where I was last week... Not going to complain about the heat when I could have been involved in all that malarkey....
Despite the sunshine here and the beauty of Prague (and if you've never been it is stunning) there's still nothing to beat the green fields of Suffolk and the glory that is our Friars Street ground.
I gather the weather was better over the weekend than it had been when I departed on Tuesday so some cricket was played although judging by the results, played slightly better by the opposition than us.
Pride of place goes to our only winners of the week the Talbotesses who claimed their first victory in a tense game at Mistley. With Sudbury making 94 for three innings closed, Mistley were still in the hunt when their last player was removed on the penultimate ball of the innings to leave the home side six runs short. Unfortunately no details of who did what available.
Saturday was another winless day although it was something of a bonus that we managed to field three sides at all. I'm told Phil Halliday only had seven players on Friday night for his third X1 trip to Kesgrave but he scrambled round to get eleven even if it meant he had to keep wicket himself (is that the first time Phil?) Thanks to brilliant bowling from Alan Macdairmid with 3 for 14 and Ollie Stovell 3 for 37 Sudbury reduced the home side to 98 for 7 at one stage but they recovered to 167 all out, however, Sudbury's very inexperienced team found run scoring even harder as only father and son combination Dave and Ollie Stovell got into double figures with 20's apiece as they were bowled out for just 83. Although they currently sit at the foot of 2 Counties Division 6, Sudbury threes are only 1 win away from Kesgrave in 5th so all to play for.
The Saturday seconds visited the very pretty village ground at Yoxford. Unfortunately it always tends to be a nightmare ground for us. We did at last manage to get a team total into three figures as we were all out in our last over unfortunately 1 short of a bonus point at 149. Matt Pears again starred with 59 before unfortunately tearing a muscle. Let's hope he's not out for too long as he's been in superb form. Things were looking good with Yoxford at 16 for 3 but with the Talbot two's shorn of many of their regular players and specifically the spin twins Simmons and Wooderson, they couldn't maintain their advantage and the home side cantered home to win by six wickets. Reports of a "sporting" wicket to the extent of senior fast bowler Charlie Thomas nearly bowling a "six byes" with one that took off from a length nearly taking Steve O'Briens head with it! Although the side has slipped to fourth in the league the team in third have played a game more and are only a couple of points in front. In the battle of the top two Kelvedon beat previously unbeaten Frinton to replace them at the top of 2 Counties Division 3. Both are still well within reach of Sudbury and from what I saw of our home games against them both beatable.
The Saturday 1's entertained another top half of the EAPL table side Horsford and in an effort to garner bonus points as well as get on the front foot in the game, skipper Darren Batch won the toss and batted. Unfortunately at 51 for 6 the gamble didn't quite pay off and despite a splendid 69 from Jandre Coetzee, nobody else passed 20 and Sudbury were bowled out for 142. Despite numerous close things nothing fell right for the Talbots and they were unable to break the Horsford opening partnership who took just 31 overs to pass the Sudbury score. So unfortunately no points at all as the Talbots slip to one from bottom. Good news was that the poachers of Bury were routed by Clacton to stay 18 points below us, a result we will hope to better when Sudbury visit the seaside next Saturday.
There was only 1 game on Sunday when Supermacs Sunday seconds entertained Nowton. Sudbury batted first and made a healthy 179 led by Elliot Wotton's 69 supported by Andy Holness' with 28 but in the end it wasn't quite enough as Nowton passed the score with only 2 wickets down but in the 40th and last over. Special, mentions for a couple of debutants James Clark and Adam Simonds who both performed well.
So just the one win out of five but with availability likely to improve this week we'll hope for better things next weekend. Meanwhile I'll just slip inside to my air conditioned room out of the heat of the balcony as it's nearly bedtime...
PS Louis says don't forget the curry night at the Kohinoor on Thursday after nets...