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Sudbury Cricket Club, Colin's Column, Week 10

Author: Colin Walters Published: 28th June 2013 08:35

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Sudbury Cricket Club, Colin's Column, Week 10

Superb Sudbury

A decent week's weather ended with a damp weekend but not damp enough to stop Sudbury scoring some fine wins.
 
Pride of place goes to Darren Batch's EAPL team who overcame a very strong Saffron Walden side on their own ground. In a rain affected game Walden, stacked with former county and minor county players and who were third in the EAPL going into the game, were unable to chase down Sudbury's modest 125 for 8 (47 overs). Skipper Batch starred with 52 at nearly a run a ball but it took an unbroken 9 wicket partnership of 28 between Adam Mansfield (26) and Ben Hyett (16) to give Sudbury's score some respectability. Former Herts and Cambs minor county veteran Tim Smith taking 5 for 32 from 16 overs.
 
The home sides reply never really got going after early wickets for Billy Moulton Day and Jandre Coetzee with only Glenn Batticciotto showing real resistance and once he was out for 54 with the score at 89, the game was up. Jandre Coetzee, having endured a very unlucky time with the ball thus far this season, finally got due reward for some fine fast bowling taking 6 for 44 off 14 overs and fittingly it was his disturbing of Smith's timbers that finished the game with Walden still 17 short of their target. Johnny Gallagher was Jandre's chief support with 2 for 28 from his 12 overs, Batch completing a fine all round game with the other wicket.
 
So Sudbury clamber up into the middle of the table, under a win away from Mallards in 3 place but crucially nearly two wins away from an increasingly beleaguered Bury in the relegation place.
 
At Friars Street, Sudbury Saturday seconds stayed in touch with the teams at the top in beating Needham Market. Yet another Matt Pears century supported by 20's from Kenny Moulton Day, Paul Harris and Jack Backler saw Sudbury to 217 for 6. Needham were very much in the game at 159 for 5 but Backler, who had a fine all round game, took a vital wicket to end a 48 run partnership before he and Matt Wooderson ran through the tail to bowl the away team out for 179. Backler and Wooderson bagged 4 wickets each and were supported by Brad Richardson who had knocked the top off the early order with 2 wickets.
 
Unfortunately, the Saturday thirds had a feet-up afternoon following a deluge at Abberton.
 
Sunday's big win was for Supermac's second team as they thrashed Tendring Park at their very picturesque ground. The ground has no covers so it was a wet wicket and Sudbury did really well to make 162 for 7, Simon Ruffell top scoring with a typically hard hitting 61 supported by Andy Holness with 20. Tendring never got close with Captain Macdairmid taking three wickets and a brilliant catch and Adam Clarke, Roger Troughton and Bryan Poulson two wickets each as the home side were routed for just 85. So a first “counting” win and back into “positive” figures in the league.
 
Sunday's first team lost a close game against Halstead in a friendly at Friars Street. The away team made 198 all out with Sudbury skipper Nathan Poole taking 4 wickets and Toby Mitchell 2. Jandre Coetzee relieved of bowling duties took over the keepers' gloves to take 2 stumpings and a catch. Sudbury fell 30 short despite Poole's 73 and 29 from James Elsey.
 
On a cold, damp and miserable Friday night at Friars Street, a large crowd saw a very youthful Sudbury ladies outgunned by league leaders Colchester. They restricted the away team to 136 in their 20 overs but unfortunately were unable to resist Colchester's very experienced bowling attack to be bowled out for just 41 in 14 overs. The only resistance came from Penny Everett who scored more than half of the runs (21) and having opened the batting remained not out to carry her bat throughout the innings, a rare event in any form of cricket.
 
Next weekend see's the halfway point of the season with Sudbury's EAPL team taking on Burwell, the Saturday second team away at Coggeshall and thirds hosting Kelvedon at Gestingthorpe. The Sunday second X1 have a local derby at Long Melford and the ladies are away at Bergholt on Friday. The Sunday first team were looking for a friendly fixture to fill the hole left by Lavenham's withdrawal from the Hunts County Bats Division 1.

 

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