Cricketers reach new standards

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Sudbury Cricket Club captain Jonathan Phillips hailed his side’s win over Mildenhall as by far their best of the season — and has challenged them to use it as their benchmark.

A six-wicket win against their fellow title challengers on Saturday has left the Talbots as the only side in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One still defending a 100 per cent record after four games.

And Phillips, who hopes to pass a fitness test on his hamstring injury at training tonight to return to open the batting, wants more of the same.

“It was a big win because Mildenhall are a very strong club,” he said. “Everyone knew we would have to lift our performance and the players obliged with our best performance of the season so far, by a long way, which was very pleasing.”

Ahead of hosting Wivenhoe at Friars Street on Saturday (1pm), a side who sit on their tails in the table having only lost once and won by 10 wickets at Maldon, he said a repeat performance is now required.

“It has set the standard now and we have to try and replicate it moving forward,” he said. “Wivenhoe have started very well, so we will have to play as we did last week if we are to make sure there are no slip-ups.”

Spinner Ben Hyett has impressed in the second team and been recalled to Saturday’s side, while Steve Witham will drop down after not getting a chance to bat so far and needing time at the crease.

“The wicket is quite flat at home so it probably just gives us a few extra options with the ball,” said Phillips.