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Sudbury Cricket, Sparky's Scoop, 23rd May 2016

Author: Mark Warbrook Published: 23rd May 2016 10:52

SPARK’YS SCOOP, 23rd May 2016

 Picture:    Nick Moore

Well probably the best weekend of the season so far Sudbury. The Under 13s set the tone with an excellent win over Stowmarket on Thursday. Followed by a super performance by the ladies on Friday night. They recorded their first win of the season over Eight Ash Green.

Scoring 115 and restricting the visitors to 84 in reply. Some great performances again. Alison Smith having an amazing season with another 25 not out. Natasha King also with 25. Amos and Brooks again in the wickets.

That set us up for Bury St Edmunds in the Premier league. For the second week running if you got down the ground at 15:30 to see some cricket you were disappointed. I am glad to say this week though we had the right result with Sudbury putting in an excellent display to beat Bury by 6 wickets.

Chasing down 104 can be a tricky little target, 49 from Tom Huggins and a watchful 17 not out from Adam Mansfield guided the Talbots home. The pairing of Melton and Poulson is bearing fruit with the ball. Dustin bowling very well and James Poulson taking 5-32. A brilliant effort which sees the team move into the top 5 and currently sitting proudly as Suffolk’s top club. Another match v Suffolk opponents on Saturday as Copdock are the visitors.

Great to see some of the first team go up to Lavenham to support the 3rds after the early finish. They were treated to a batting masterclass by Willie Amos (86), Chris Cook (46) and David Shropshire (25). The 3rd team did really well mixing youth with the Seniors as Sudbury chased down Halstead 3rds 175 for the loss of only 3 wickets. Wickets were shared around and they are up to 3rd in the table.

So to make it a Super Saturday at the club we needed the 2nd team to win. Box Office Steve Witham delivered the goods and led from the front to beat Little Bardfield Village by 142 runs. Steve is a great chap who has been with the club for many years and he continues to entertain. He was 91 not out in the end. He needed 10 from the last 3 balls for his 100. He didn’t quite get the 3 figures but more importantly the team are now opening up a gap at the top in the promotion places.

Ben Hyett, Andy Simmons and Muhammed Anwar again in the wickets. Special mention to Muhammed, a superb guy, so committed and a great new addition to the club this season.

It all led to a great curry night at the club on Saturday. The place was packed. Hopefully they are all warming up for the craft beer night on Sunday May 29th.

So onto Sunday. We didn’t manage to win every game. The under 9s played their first match at Copdock and had a great time. Losing by a few runs but Dave Hinchcliffe is doing an amazing job getting a new generation into cricket.

At Home a very young side with a sprinkling of maturity with Holness, Hinchcliffe and D Shropshire played a friendly against Stansfield. A lovely match with Sudbury scoring 175. A good little total but Stansfield got them for 2. But all the young lads had a bowl, gaining great experience, which is what that team is all about.

The Hunts Bats side recorded their first victory of the season. A 2 wicket win at Walsham Le Willows. Always a tough opposition, Walsham started well and were 70 for 0 off 10 overs before Keelan Waldock took the first wicket. It then opened up for James Poulson to take another 5 wickets and Phil Halliday and Dustin Melton to then bowl them out for 157. Special mention to Tom Park - a catch and no byes again behind the stumps. Also Henry Wilkinson fielded really well.

In reply James O’Brien batted well, top scoring and putting down a solid base with Waldock - 50 for 0. O’Brien then departed. The Chairman Brooks, making his first start of the season, hit some nice shots for his 12 but then a few wickets tumbled. Some fine shots from Heny Wilkinson but It was left to the super cool Alan ‘Moose’ Macdiarmid batting with Tom Park to steer the Talbots home. 7 runs needed and Macca smacked two 4s through the gully to win the game.

Another great week in prospect. We also see T20 action this Thursday! Sudbury take on Walsham Le Willows again in the first Suffolk cup match. 6pm - it should be a cracker.


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