Clark takes three wickets on dazzling Sudbury debut

LOSING BATTLE: Sudbury II's Johnny Gallagher stayed the distance with 25no against Mildenhall II, but his side fell to a four-wicket defeat at Friars Street

LOSING BATTLE: Sudbury II's Johnny Gallagher stayed the distance with 25no against Mildenhall II, but his side fell to a four-wicket defeat at Friars Street

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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Lakenheath 52 lost to Sudbury 218-9 by 166 runs: Sudbury were able to bounce back from last week’s defeat with a solid performance against an under-strength Lakenheath team on Saturday.

Despite a two-hour delay, due to torrential downpours earlier in the morning, play eventually got under way with the home side winning the toss and electing to bowl first, hoping to take advantage of a slow and slightly damp wicket.

Sudbury openers Nathan Poole and Jonathan Phillips got off to a solid, if unspectacular, start with a partnership of 65 before Phillips was the first wicket to fall.

Poole was joined by Darren Batch, who compiled an aggressive 64 in a stand of 90 with Poole before he too fell, caught behind.

With Poole scoring his second 50 of the season, with a patient 63, Sudbury edged to a very competitive 218 -9 from their reduced 42 overs.

Given the pitch and outfield conditions, providing the Sudbury bowlers stuck to their plans, 218 should have been enough runs.

As it turned out, it proved to be more than competitive with the hosts being shot out for a disappointing 52 with only two Lakenheath batsmen able to get into double figures.

Highlights for Sudbury were Adam Clark taking 3-7 on his first-team debut and vice-captain James Poulson and overseas professional coach Mike Jones weighing in with three wickets apiece.

Opening bowler Billy Moulton-Day will be disappointed to go wicketless, however, this was much more to do with very little luck.

In securing the maximum 20 points, Sudbury maintained their lead at the top of the table, but they will also know that while on paper their 166-run victory looked commanding, far greater challenges lay ahead, starting with a local derby at home to Hadleigh on Saturday (1pm).

n James Poulson has been named in Suffolk’s squad for Sunday’s Unicorns Knockout Trophy quarter-final against Devon at Bury St Edmunds’ Victory Ground (11am).

Poulson was not involved in Suffolk’s Minor Counties Championship draw with Bedfordshire this week as he was in first-class action for his university side Oxford MCCU against Middlesex.

Going into the final day yesterday they were trailing by 527 runs, with Poulson having scored nine in the first innings.