Batch hoping to avoid last day drama with win

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Sudbury Cricket Club are hoping to get the win they need to celebrate winning the Two Counties Championship title on home soil this weekend when they face Mildenhall.

Saturday’s 155-run win over Worlington, coupled with Witham’s defeat at Mildenhall, leaves Sudbury 28 points clear at the top of the table with only 40 points still to play for.

They require just 13 points, one win, to secure the title and captain Darren Batch is hoping his side can seal the deal at Friars Street on Saturday (12pm) and avoid the pressure of needing a final-day win.

He said: “We’ll be working hard to make sure we are fully prepared and if we perform as we have been I am confident we will get the win we need at the first time of asking.”

Sudbury travel to Mistley, the team who served up a shock defeat dismissing them for just 83 earlier in the season, on the final day.

Batch is keen for that to be a dead rubber as he knows no game is a foregone conclusion.

“It was a freak result when we were bowled out for 83 by Mistley,” he said. “I would say it was our only poor showing of the season but it shows that if you don’t perform, you won’t come out on top and that’s why it’s important to get that win this weekend.

“Cricket has a funny way of coming back to bite you so we’ll make sure we are fully prepared to get the win against Mildenhall.”

Batch’s side, who finished fifth in 2014, 67 points behind the eventual winners Frinton-on-Sea, have set up this opportunity after a ‘season defining’ few weeks, in which they beat then-leaders Witham to move back to the top of the table.

Batch warned last week ahead of Saturday’s match against Worlington that his side could not afford to be complacent and the victory in tricky weather conditions makes the captain confident his side will not slip up in their quest to become champions.

“Saturday’s performance was one of high quality,” he said. “To get 280 on a pitch which was very green due to the weather was impressive and then it was important to bowl them out quickly before the rain came and we could have potentially lost out.

“We knew the last three games, where we played Witham and they then faced Mildenhall would have a huge bearing on our season and we are very pleased with the results and our performances.”

Saturday’s title decider will get under way at 12pm at Friars Street.