Huggins in imperious form in Talbots’ play-off prelude

ON THE RUN: Sudbury's Tom Huggins, who finished the Two Counties Championship season with more runs than any batsman across the four divisions after his double hundred at Mistley on Saturday
ON THE RUN: Sudbury's Tom Huggins, who finished the Two Counties Championship season with more runs than any batsman across the four divisions after his double hundred at Mistley on Saturday
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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Mistley 137 lost to

Sudbury 368-5 by 231 runs

Sudbury were able to get some good batting practise in at Mistley, ahead of their promotion play-off with Godmanchester at Friars Steet on Saturday (10.30am).

Tom Huggins finished the regular season how he started it, smashing the ball to all corners with another huge score to propel his side to victory.

The Suffolk captain, who had hit 180 in his debut outing for the club in the opening day win at Maldon, managed to pass his double century to conclude the champions’ league campaign.

The Talbots’ last away trip of the 2015 campaign saw their hosts win the toss and ask them to bat first.

In the absence of regular opening batsman Nathan Poole, James O’Brien partnered Tom Huggins as the pair set off well, reaching 44 before O’Brien top edged an attempted pull shot to depart for 17.

Huggins dominated a 130-run second wicket partnership with Adam Mansfield, the Suffolk opener feasting on the Mistley bowling attack at every opportunity.

Mansfield completed his half century but was bowled shortly after for 51, Paul Garwood the man doing the damage.

Huggins continued to plunder runs all around the ground but had to take a backseat when Akeal Hosein came to the crease and immediately attacked the Mistley bowling with three fours and as many sixes before one big shot too many saw him caught on the boundary for 34.

Darren Batch (27) played in a more conservative manner, allowing Huggins the strike as much as possible as the Suffolk batsman past yet another record for the season.

Huggins has now scored more runs this season than any batsman has managed in all of the Two Counties divisions.

Ben Reece (10no) provided good support as Huggins raced towards his double hundred, completing it with a clip off his toes to the mid-wicket boundary as the Sudbury innings eventually closed on 368-5.

In reply, Mistley started well as the Sudbury bowlers were juggled in pursuit of a breakthrough.

James Poulson eventually clean bowled Paul Garwood to start Sudbury on their way to victory.

Mansfield completed a smart stumping off the bowing of Ben Reece before Kenny Moulton-Day held onto a sharp catch at extra cover this time off Batch’s bowling.

Sudbury introduced spin at both ends in the form of Huggins and Hosein and, with the exception of Jarryd Walsh, who batted excellently for his 93, the Mistley batsmen were all at sea against the duo.

The final eight wickets fell for just 40 runs.

Huggins finished with 4-8 and Hosein 3-18 as Mistley were bundled out for 137.