Batch is upset at Sudbury’s National T20 exit

SUDBURY CAPTAIN: Darren Batch

SUDBURY CAPTAIN: Darren Batch

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Darren Batch expressed his disappointment after Sudbury Cricket Club had to withdraw from this year’s NatWest Club T20.

The Talbots were due to visit Frinton-on-Sea for the Group A semi-finals and final on Sunday, but were forced to pull out of the competition due to a lack of player availability.

“It was very disappointing,” the Sudbury captain said. “We had seven first-team squad players available and we couldn’t take 13 or 14-year-olds with us to play.

“Some of the guys play for Suffolk on Sundays and wanted a week off and others had family commitments, so we couldn’t get the 11 players required.

“I was disappointed because with the group of players we’ve got I think we could of had a good crack at it.

“I do believe it is a wider issue though because I think four other (Gibbs and Denley East Anglian) Premier League teams also pulled out at the weekend.”

Sudbury (sixth) welcome back wicket-keeper Adam Mansfield to the squad for their Premier League trip to second-from-bottom Horsford on Saturday (11am).

Mansfield is also included in the Suffolk squad for their Unicorn Championships fixture against Northumberland, which starts at Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club on Sunday.

The Suffolk squad includes a total of four Sudbury players, with Tom Huggins, Nathan Poole and Ben Reece having also been selected for the fixture.