Batsmen come to the fore for Sudbury

CENTURY MAN: Sudbury's Ben Reece hit 116 off 101 balls as his side declared at 329-6
CENTURY MAN: Sudbury's Ben Reece hit 116 off 101 balls as his side declared at 329-6
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 329-6 dec

drew with Vauxhall

Mallards 183-7

Sudbury captain Darren Batch was pleased to see his side take on his call for more runs as they took their highest points total from a draw.

Ben Reece drew praise for his 116 off 101 balls, which included 20 fours and two sixes, as the visitors declared on their highest Premier League total of 329.

But despite Jandre Coetzee’s 4-43 and Jonny Gallagher’s 3-41, they were unable to remove Vauxhall Mallards from the crease and had to settle for 16 points.

Batch said: “The message from last week was for the batsmen to stand up and get some runs and they did and it was really pleasing from my point-of-view.

“A lot of credit to Ben Reece for his brilliant 100.

“I am not sure many 100s are completed before lunch in the Premier League and everyone else chipped in.”

But Batch admitted to being a tad disappointed they did not return with a win from a commanding position.

“I think we are a bit disappointed not to bowl them out as a few catches went down that could have made the difference.

“Sixteen points is a good haul though and the best we have got from a draw in the last few years.

“We always struggle going to Norfolk and I guess I cannot be too greedy to say we should have had 30 points.”

After winning the toss and electing to bat amid the hot conditions and after the early loss of Pete Siegert lbw for one, skipper Darren Batch and Ben Reece, a very talented cricketer but whose availability has not been regular this season, set about seeing off the Mallards openers.

Although progress was slow, there were no further losses and gradually runs began to trickle, then flow, then gush as Reece made one from his first 20 balls but converted that to 116 from just another 81.

Supported by Batch (68) they put on 188 for the second wicket in just 29 overs.

A batting collapse post lunch saw 193-1 soon become 213-5, but excellent 30s from Rory Darkins, Jandre Coetzee and Nathan Poole, batting down the order because of a broken finger, enabled the Talbots to declare at their highest ever league score 329-6 and collect a full hand of batting bonus points for the first time this season.

The Mallards reply started quickly and confidently but Johnny Gallagher bowled Joe Larter in his first over with the score at 51 then he and Coetzee ripped through the Mallards top order to reduce them to 96-4.

This included Gallagher securing the wicket of Rahul Dewan, an Indian first-class player who made 143 against a touring England in 2012.

A stand of 73 was then 
followed by another mini 
collapse as three wickets fell for one run, including a stunning one-handed catch by Ben Hyett to remove Paul Bradshaw.

Sudbury had eight overs 
to get the final three wickets, but they could not quite manage it as Mallards finished on 183-7.

With Woolpit winning, Sudbury slipped a place to 10th but are now just 14 points short of sixth.