Draw specialists Sudbury slip closer to foot of table

STEAMING IN: Charlie Thomas troubles the Walsham batsmen during his spell of 3-16 as high-flying Sudbury beat Walsham-le-Willows by six wickets in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One in Sunda
STEAMING IN: Charlie Thomas troubles the Walsham batsmen during his spell of 3-16 as high-flying Sudbury beat Walsham-le-Willows by six wickets in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One in Sunda
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Copdock 247-4 drew with Sudbury 163-5

Sudbury slipped to third from bottom in the East Anglian Premier League standings after Saturday’s draw at Copdock — their third of the year.

The Talbots struggled to make any sort of breakthrough against the hosts, with Jandre Coetzee taking two wickets and Darren Batch and James Poulsen one each.

In reply, Sudbury lost Pete Siegert second ball for a duck and could not keep up with the run-rate, but Jay Phillips (44) and Nathan Poole (62) remained solid as the visitors batted out a draw.

Skipper Batch won the toss and decided to field after looking at the pitch and expecting the best of the conditions were to be had early in morning.

The opening partnership of Coetzee and Jon Gallagher started well, both bowling tight and restricting Copdock’s runs, but a luckless Sudbury failed to make a breakthrough.

A few changes in the bowling brought the first wicket when James Poulson had Jed Caukwell caught behind for 31 with the score on 61.

Copdock made it to 112-2 when Hugh Thomas was caught at second slip by Batch after making 56.

Chris Swallow made a quick-fire 25 before Batch had him caught well by Billy Moulton-Day at mid-wicket.

Copdock increased their rate in their last 12 overs and made 247-4 off their 66 overs, Coetzee taking the wicket of Tom Rash for 48, caught and bowled.

Martyn Cull ended up unbeaten on 75 off a patient 136 balls.

Sudbury needed 248 in 54 overs at just under five an over.

Copdock also bowled tight at the start and former Australian Test bowler Peter George had Siegert caught at short leg after only two balls.

That was the final wicket to fall until 6.30pm though as Phillps and Poole battled very well and began scoring runs.

Poole managed to hit George for three sensational cover drives in one over, undeterred by any international experience George had.

Their 113-run partnership was undone in the 37th over when Poole offered a leading edge and was caught after making a Premier League career-best 62 and Phillips was adjudged lbw for 44 shortly afterwards.

James Poulson (22) and Jack Backler (12no) managed to hold on for the draw after Batch made 13 before being caught behind off George.

Sudbury travel to 
Cambridge Granta on 
Saturday (11am).

n Sudbury’s Sunday side (99-4) beat Walsham-le-Willows (98-8) by six wickets at Friars Street in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One.

Charlie Thomas (3-16) starred with the ball, while Charlie Holt and Charlie Ruffell took two wickets each. James O’Brien (32) was the top scorer with the bat.