Batch calls for side to show their character

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Sudbury Cricket Club captain Darren Batch has called on his side to show their fighting spirit as they look to avoid being sucked into a relegation dogfight.

A second successive home defeat on Saturday, this time to previously winless Woolpit, has set up a make-or-break three weeks.

The fourth-bottom Talbots, currently 49 points — less than two wins — above bottom side Bury St Edmunds, make the long trip to sixth-placed Vauxhall Mallards on Saturday (11am) before hosting league leaders Swardeston and then a trip to Bury themselves.

“If we do not put in a good performance in at least two of those three games it can all change round,” said Batch, after criticising the top-order batsmen, including himself, for leaving them at 23-4 with an uphill struggle on Saturday.

“We spoke in the changing room after the game about fighting for every run and point.

“We are under no illusions it will be tough and we that we still have games to win to make sure we are safe.”

Vice-captain Adam Mansfield’s hot streak with the bat will see him move up the order from number six, while Nathan Poole misses out after fracturing a finger.