Cricket Week can galvanise Sudbury squad

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Sudbury Cricket Club captain Jonathan Phillips believes the extra practice during the club’s Cricket Week can give them the upper-hand going into Saturday’s home clash with mid-table Mildenhall (11am).

With 18 points to make up on league leaders Coggeshall over the remaining eight matches in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One, third-placed Sudbury can ill-afford another slip-up while cancellations have worked against them.

Maximum points were taken in a three-wicket victory at Maldon on Saturday with the gap to second-placed Frinton closed to six points, but Phillips described the performance as a ‘mixed-bag’ and ‘rusty’ after an enforced week off.

A host of first-team players were taking part in five games in five days against touring sides at Friars Street — with the skipper grateful of the timing of their cricket festival.

“Any practice you get out in the middle rather than nets is good,” he said. “We have people who have not played much cricket over the last few weeks and Cricket Week certainly helps with that.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, he added: “We probably need to be more clinical against Mildenhall.”

Johnny Gallagher (honeymoon) is set to return, but Billy Moulton-Day has a side strain and Ben Hyett and Charlie Holt are both unavailable.

Phillips confirmed the club have sent a letter to the league about the controversial call-off at Haverhill two weeks ago, seeking clarification on the ruling, which they are now waiting to hear back on.