MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Coggeshall 178 beat Sudbury 108 by 70 runs: Sudbury slipped to their first defeat of the season, losing in disappointing fashion to a determined Coggeshall side by 70 runs on Saturday.
Having won the toss, Coggeshall skipper George Blackwell elected to bowl first on a soft pitch.
The Talbots looked to exploit this and opening bowlers Billy Moulton-Day and James Poulson immediately put the Coggeshall top order under pressure to reduce the visitors to 5-2 with a wicket apiece for the new ball pair.
Knowing there was a potential lack of depth in their batting line-up, Coggeshall’s Jimmy Rees provided stubborn support to the more assertive Byron Overstone to put on a decisive 100-run partnership before Overstone was well caught by Mike Jones off the bowling of Ben Reece.
From 106-3, Coggeshall slipped to 178 all out with debutant Matt Griffiths taking a well-judged catch off the bowling of Darren Batch for the wicket of Rees for an ultimately match-winning 70.
With Jones taking four wickets and Batch three, Sudbury should have been relatively comfortable with chasing 178, but they were unprepared for a highly-disciplined Coggeshall bowling performance, which all batsmen seemed unable to dominant in any way.
Despite an opening partnership of 44 runs between Nathan Poole and Jonathan Phillips, the dismissal of Poole to the immaculate bowling of Richard Cross signalled the start of a terrible spell where Sudbury’s batsmen were simply unable to break the shackles put down by the Coggeshall bowlers.
With the dismissal of Phillips making it 55-2, the Talbots slipped to 108 all out inside 43 overs to complete a miserable day for the hosts.
Cross’ bowling figures of 1-34 off 17 overs were outstanding, yet they were even bettered by the highly-impressive Edwards, who ended up with 5-48 from his 17 overs, which ripped the heart out of Sudbury’s talented middle-order.
The only crumb of comfort for Sudbury was they remain at the top of the table, but they will know that they can ill afford too many off days like this too in order to maintain their title challenge.
With a tricky trip to Lakenheath on Saturday (1pm), the Talbots will be keen to show their teeth and bounce back with immediate effect.