MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Sudbury 211 beat Hadleigh 172 by 39 runs
League leaders Sudbury were able to continue their recent good form by completing a hard-earned 39-run victory over local rivals Hadleigh.
The visitors went into the game without senior players Marlon Dias, Tom Piddington and Kalpesh Ellis.
Having won the toss, Hadleigh skipper Josh Davey elected to bowl first in muggy and overcast conditions and this decision looked vindicated as the hosts slipped to 30-2 as first Nathan Poole, and then Sudbury captain Jonathan Phillips departed for 17 and three respectively to Kyle Tanner.
With Darren Batch and Mike Jones looking in good form, the scoreboard was ticking over at a healthy rate of six an over before Jones was caught behind playing at a wide delivery from the increasingly impressive Tanner.
A steady succession of Sudbury wickets continued with a host of home batsmen getting started, but failing to go on, with the one exception of Suffolk player James Poulson, who batted with skill and determination for a fine 76 at almost a run a ball.
With a total of 211 from only 46 overs, Sudbury will have been disappointed that no batsmen other than Poulson could go on and make a significant contribution, however, this should not take anything from the very fine efforts of Hadleigh’s opening bowler Tanner, who ended up with bowling figures of 6-58 from his 14 overs.
Luke Ibbs was also in the wickets with his clever spin delivering figures of 3-67.
With Sudbury knowing that they were a few runs short a match-winning total it was imperative they got off to a good start, and that was exactly what happen as opening bowler Billy Moulton-Day ripped through the defences of Wallis for a duck.
This served to bring Australian Luke Ibbs to the wicket who played in aggressive manner to score a good 35 before he became one of three victims for Moulton-Day, who also snared the wicket of Hadleigh’s skipper Josh Davey for 17.
At 56-3, Sudbury sniffed a chance but a partnership of 51 between Paul Budd and Tim Rix threatened to derail that chance.
With Rix departing to a good catch by Mike Jones off the bowling of Darren Batch for 17, much of Hadleigh’s chances lay on the shoulders of Budd, who had started to play with increasing fluency.
But just when he looked like taking the game away from the hosts, a mix-up in the running resulted in Budd being brilliantly run out by Nathan Poole for a deserved half-century.
With six wickets down and still needing a further 62 runs for victory, the momentum shifted heavily in Sudbury’s favour and continued with good bowling by Mike Jones and Darren Batch ensuring a succession of wickets culminating in Hadleigh being bowled out for 172 with Moulton-Day and Batch ending with three wickets apiece and Jones two.
The 39-run victory ensured Sudbury’s grip of top spot in Division One, but know an away trip to title challengers Frinton (1pm) on Saturday will provide another stern test of their title credentials.