Fringe players can aid promotion bid

IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY: Paul Harris stepped up to the mark when given his debut first team appearance on Saturday
IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY: Paul Harris stepped up to the mark when given his debut first team appearance on Saturday

Darren Batch has revealed he will not be afraid to promote players from within the club to help with Sudbury’s push for promotion.

The Talbots’ captain handed a first-team debut to Paul Harris against Maldon at the weekend, with the second team bowler impressing with two wickets to help Sudbury to a five-wicket win at Friars Street.

And ahead of a trip to bottom side Elmstead Grasshoppers on Saturday (1pm), Batch confirmed he will be looking to call up more players from the club’s second team into his side.

“The club’s aim last season was to get the second team into (Two Counties Championship) Division Two,” he said. “By doing that it now brings much more fluidity.

“There is not that big a gap in standards between our league and Division Two, so for the players who get called-up it is not such a big step for them.

“The guys who have come in so far have done a good job. I’ll be looking to include them again in the games coming up.”

Sudbury bounced back from a surprise home defeat to Mistley with victory over Maldon on Saturday, to help keep their four point lead at the top of Division One intact.

“After last week’s performance it was very nice to win against Maldon,” Batch said.

“We were missing a couple of seamers so brought in Paul Harris who has been playing in the second team this season.

“From his five overs he finished with 2-11, which is an excellent return. He got their overseas Australian player (Robb Macmillan) out, which will be a big boost for him.”

With a narrow lead at the top of the table, Batch will be looking to build on the momentum from the Maldon win when they visit Elmstead, who have just one win to their name so far this season.

“It is a game we should win,” he admitted. “We made hard work of it in the home game earlier in the season.

“They gave us a fright so we won’t be taking the game lightly. We will need to put in a good performance which we are more than capable of doing.”

Heading into this weekend’s trip to Vicarage Meadow, the Sudbury skipper welcomes back seam bowler Jonny Gallagher (holiday) into the side, while all-rounder Matt Pears has been brought in from the second team.

Batch will assess the fitness of Suffolk bowler James Poulson before the game, with the 20-year-old having been unable to bowl for the Talbots in their last two outings.