MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION THREE: Abberton 97 lost to Sudbury II 196-8 by 99 runs: Sudbury seconds won their second successive game, beating Abberton by 99 runs with youngster Adam Clarke starring with the bowl.
After morning rain and with no covers available, the pitch looked damp but flat and captain Mathew Wooderson chose to bat first, expecting the surface to misbehave as it dried.
Sudbury negotiated the early overs and Charlie Ruffell began to put away bad balls as he raced to 29 before playing on.
Sudbury were soon three down, but a crucial partnership between Al Younger (35) and Ben Taylor (50) saw them past the hundred-mark.
Captain Wooderson then saw the innings almost to a close with 33 and Kenny Moulton-day hit the only six of the game as Sudbury posted 196.
Most felt it might be 25 runs light, but on a green damp top it is never easy to know what a good score is.
Any worries were soon dispelled as Adam Clarke and Ben Hyett tore out the Abberton top order.
Clarke was almost unplayable with an economy of less than one an over in his first spell, with two catches behind by Moulton-Day.
At the other end, Hyett opened with off-spin and bravely kept the ball full, allowing Abberton to drive, and he was rewarded with the crucial wicket of Richard Moxon.
Adi Dehage replaced Clarke, who due to age can only bowl seven overs in a row, and quickly took wickets, including a diving catch low to his left by Pete Siegert at point as Dehage finished with 3-32.
Clarke was brought back to finish the job and with another two wickets he finished with 4-12 off 10 overs, Abberton all out for 97.
A quite outstanding bowling performance by Clarke, backed up by excellent fielding and a solid team batting performance made a tricky game comfortable and leaves Sudbury joint top early in the season table.
n Sudbury’s first team gained maximum points from their first home match in Division One, a five-wicket win over Haverhill.
James Poulson took 5-22 as Haverhill lost eight batsmen for 101 runs after a promising opening partnership, finishing on 177.
The decisive partnership with the bat saw overseas coach Mike Jones (58) and captain Jonathan Phillips (55) put on 92 runs as Sudbury passed their target with five wickets to spare in a game where only five overs per innings had to be lost to the elements.