Improved outlook to keep Sudbury on winning track

CENTURY MAKER:  James Poulson, who hit 115 for Sudbury's Sunday side at home to Battisford in their 142-run win
CENTURY MAKER: James Poulson, who hit 115 for Sudbury's Sunday side at home to Battisford in their 142-run win

Sudbury captain Darren Batch is confident a positive attitude change at the club will see them build on momentum and start a winning run.

Ahead of a trip to Great Witchingham on Saturday (11am), the Quay Lane-based outfit got back to winning ways in the East Anglian Premier League with an impressive five-wicket victory over Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday.

Thiranko Rajarate (55) and Jason Hughes (53) saw the hosts post a daunting total of 257, but it proved no match for an Adam Mansfield inspired reply as his unbeaten 124no, as well as 87no from Jandre Coetzee, steered Sudbury to their second win of the season.

“We were delighted with the result, it didn’t look likely for long periods but thankfully we got our reward in the end,” said Batch.

“Adam was brilliant with a very impressive innings that we’ve known for some time he’s capable of.

“After his first few shots you could see he grew in confidence and I’m delighted for him because he works so hard in training.

“Before the game we spoke about changing our mentality and outlook and instead of focusing on not losing we would be positive and look to win.

“We set our stall out from the off and although we had a bad start we kept our intentions and batted well, it was great to chase down their total and pick up the win.

“We will take that attitude forward and Saturday is another game we will definitely not be looking to lose.”

That change in mentality has come at the right time for Sudbury, getting them back on track in the league following a 10-wicket defeat to Horsford a week earlier, to lift them to ninth in the table.

Batch conceded the move has been made intentionally in search of more victories and is confident that trend will continue over a side who were held to a general draw by Bury St Edmunds last time out.

“Great Witchingham are somewhat of a draw specialist in the division, but hopefully if we can continue to be positive, another win should follow,” he added.

“We were stuck in a bit of a rut where we were too concerned about not losing and picking up points through draws at times.

“However, we weren’t picking up as many points as hoped and so we’re now looking for players to more positive to give them the opportunity to express themselves and play with freedom.”

n Sudbury’s Sunday side cruised to a 142-run victory at Friars Street in their Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One clash with 
Battisford after man-of-the-match James Poulson’s 115 put them in a commanding position.

Charlie Thomas took figures of 8-2-24-3 while Phil Halliday finished with 2-5 from his one over and 
Poulson himself also took a wicket.