Colin’s Sudbury Cricket Column, Week 14
|Author: Colin Walters||Published: 22nd July 2015 11:57|
Colin’s Sudbury Cricket Column, Week 14
So we come to the big festival week at Sudbury Cricket Club, the highlight of which will be a visit from the Lords Taverners X1 www.lordstaverners.org on Sunday 26th. Because they have enjoyed their visits so much and have collected copious quantities for their charities, this is the third time the Taverners have visited Quay Lane which is very unusual. The opposition will include stars of stage and screen together with some former international cricketers including former England opening bowler Andy Caddick and Glovesman Paul Nixon. Sudbury’s own ex pro Tom Huggins is also included in the Taverners X1. The game starts at 2.00 pm and entry is free but I suggest that you get yourselves down to Quay Lane a bit earlier to book your picnic site. There will be refreshments available at the ground.
The following week is Sudbury Cricket Week starting on Monday when the Presidents X1 take on Old Grammarians. On Tuesday the club plays Symantic Software and Wednesday entertain EAPL side and old friends Frinton. Thursday see’s the annual visit from Yorkshire tourists Olicanian Striders and on Friday our guests will be the Gents of Suffolk in a somewhat poignant occasion that will see the last appearance at Friars Street of former Sudbury stalwart Guy Robins as he is hanging up his boots at the end of the season.
To add to all the excitement, Club Captain Darren Batch marries long-time partner Kirsty this Friday so congratulations and all the best from Colin’s Column.
Last weekend was a bit of a microcosm of the whole of the 2015 cricket season… England, having been excellent in winning the first test against Australia in Cardiff the previous weekend, were, in Geoff Boycott speak “rubbish!” at Lords to lose by more runs than most club cricketers make in a season!!. Indeed Englands’ capitulation on Sunday afternoon was woeful, but hopefully they will bounce back when they get to Edgbaston.
At Friars Street Sudbury Saturday 1st X1 made short work of in-form Coggeshall winning by over 150 runs. Set up by an excellent 209 run opening partnership with both Coach Tom Huggins and Nathan Poole making 100’s supported by Skipper Batch who made 32 not out, the home side made 286 for 4. Billy Moulton Day, returning from his hamstring injury, then blew the Coggeshall batting away with 4 early wickets and the Essex side were all out inside 24 overs. Johnny Gallagher and James Poulson each took a wicket and Jack Backler claimed 3 in the tail. Unless something extraordinary happens, this comprehensive victory effectively makes the 2-Counties Division 1 title a 3 horse race with Sudbury holding a 6 point advantage over Mildenhall and 13 points over Witham.
Unfortunately the Saturday 2nd and 3rd X1’s didn’t fare quite so well…
The 2nd X1 were rolled over for just 132 at Easton’s lovely ground in the east of the county. After a good start with Paul Harris making 27 and John Phillips 41 the innings subsided and the Talbots only managed to take 1 wicket in return as the home side cruised past their total in just 33 overs. The defeat means they slip to 9th in the table but just 6 points off the relegation places.
The Third X1 were also comprehensively beaten by Nowton at Lavenham. The away side amassed a formidable 264 for 3 with Sudbury’s only wickets shared between Craig Raynor, Dan Fisher and Keelan Waldock. Only Johnny Amos who made 30 provided any real resistance and the Talbots were bowled out for just 121. Unfortunately sides around them won so the 3rd X1 are in the relegation places 16 points behind the team above having played a game more.
On Sunday morning it rained (as it seems to every Sunday) but not enough for the first X1 home game against bottom side Rougham to be called off and thanks to a 70 from James Elsey, 50 from skipper Billy Moulton Day (his first for the club as far as I can tell) and thirties from James O’Brien, and John Gallagher, the Home side posted a competitive 254 for 7. Rougham made a decent fist of chasing but eventually fell 13 short, 9 wickets down with wickets for all 5 bowlers used.
The Sunday 2nd X1 game was called off due to lack of player availability!
This Saturday at Friars Street, as a warm up for Sundays’ special game against the Taverners, Sudburys 2nd X1 are at home to fellow strugglers Exning in a must win game. The 1st X1 are away at local rivals Hadleigh and the 3rd X1 travel to top of the league Eight Ash Green.
So a festival of 9 days cricket to look forward to. Lets hope the sun shines….