Sudbury 83 lost to Mistley 84-4 by six wickets
Leaders Sudbury were served a stark reminder that they must not take any opposition lightly as Mistley ran up a six-wicket win at Frairs Street.
The Talbots were skittled out for just 84 as mid-table Mistley comfortably knocked off the runs to condemn the hosts to only their second defeat of the campaign, which cuts their advantage at the top to just four points.
Sudbury won the toss and decided to bat on a slow looking pitch.
After an early boundary Tom Huggins slapped a short ball to mid-on and departed for a rare failure.
Adam Mansfield was trapped lbw for just six and wickets continued to tumble as Nathan Poole dragged on for 17.
Sudbury slipped further into trouble after captain Darren Batch tamely chipped to cover and James O’Brien was clean bowled to leave the home side reeling at 45-5.
Hopes of a lower order fightback were dashed when James Poulson, Kenny Moulton-Day and Ben Reece all perished in quick succession.
Jonny Gallagher and Billy Moulton-Day offered brief resistance as Sudbury subsided for a paltry 83.
A glimmer of hope was offered as Moulton-Day clean bowled Australian Jarryd Walsh.
But Butcher and Scott steadied the innings and reached 65 before some late wickets at least saw Sudbury take two points from the match as Mistley reached their target for the loss of four wickets with Reece collecting 2-19.
The Talbots will need to be back at their best when they take on a recently rejuvenated Maldon side at Friars Street on Saturday (1pm).
n There was better success for Sudbury II (175-6) who got back to winning ways with a 17 run victory over Mildenhall II (158) Division Two.
After electing to bat, Al Younger, Jonathan Phillips, Pete Siegert and Louis Brooks all departed cheaply but Andy Simmons and Matt Pears (49) steadied the ship to rescue the innings.
Steve Witham added a vital 67 not out alongside Will Shropshire as Sudbury reached 175-6.
Mildenhall started brightly in reply and were 50-0 off the first 17 overs. However, Brad Richardson (7-39), Adi Dhage and Shropshire all took wickets to secure victory.