GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Sudbury 308-6 lost to Clacton on Sea 309-8 by two wickets
A SEEMINGLY unbeatable total turned to dust as Sudbury took a hammering from Essex player Michael Comber.
Not even a well-deserved century from Jay Phillips was enough to out-do the onslaught from Comber, who posted 159 from just 96 balls.
Sudbury made a strong start with Pete Siegert and Phillips racing along at nearly five runs per over and the boundary being found with regularity.
Sudbury had reached 84 before one seamed back off the pitch to bowl Siegert for 30. Darren Batch quickly followed Siegert into the pavilion edging behind for four.
Hasantha Fernando joined Phillips and together they safely reached lunch at 166-2.
After the break Phillips anchored the innings while Fernando played with freedom dispatching the Clacton bowling to all parts. It took a stunning one-handed catch at cover to remove Fernando for an excellent 76.
James Poulson came and hustled a quick 16 before he was caught and bowled. This brought Ben Reece to the crease and in typical aggressive style he struck two fours and three sixes in his 27 ball 43.
Phillips reached a well-deserved century before he was caught in an attempt to boost the team score late in the innings. Reece was run out on the last ball, but Sudbury cloed on a hefty 308-6.
Clacton had reached 19 before Kenny Moulton-Day found a way through Brown’s defence, bowling him for six.
Fernando and Moulton-Day shared the next two wickets to leave Clacton 52-3.
This brought France and Comber together, and they smashed the home bowling to all parts of the ground in their stand of 113 either side of the tea break.
France was dropped early on in his innings, but was eventually held at long off by Siegert for 62.
The rest of the innings was the Michael Comber show. Partners came and went but Comber never lost his focus as he produced one of the finest innings ever witnessed at Friars Street. He hammered 159 from just 96 balls, striking 15 fours and an incredible 10 sixes and led his side home with two wickets and four overs to spare.
It was a disappointment for Sudbury to have lost but a points haul of 14 will soften the blow, and having put in a very good batting display will give them confidence before the visit of local rivals Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.