Last ball defeat for the Talbots

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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Cambridge Granta 214-7

beat Sudbury 213-8

by three wickets

Sudbury suffered a final ball defeat to Cambridge Granta as the search for their first win back in the East Anglian Premier League continues.

Openers Tom Huggins and Nathan Poole got Sudbury off to an excellent start, Poole dispatching anything short to the boundary off the back foot.

Huggins was more subdued at first but dealt well with a testing spell from Rajan Singh as Granta looked for the breakthrough.

A lapse in concentration saw Poole gain a leading edge when attempting to work the off spin of Lewis Hill round the corner and he was caught for 33, while Huggins (61) completed his second half century of the season in as many matches but failed to go on to make a telling contribution when he was trapped LBW.

Sudbury were 109-2 when Darren Batch (37) was joined by James O’Brien and the pair slowly moved the score on until the former drove on the up and was held at extra cover.

Ben Reece (zero) came and went without troubling the scorers and from then on the Sudbury innings stuttered as they looked to push the run rate up towards the end of the innings.

O’Brien (28), Peter Siegert (7), Dustin Melton (16), Kenny Moulton-Day (14) and Jonny Gallagher (13) all made contributions but nobody was able to see the innings through and Sudbury felt the their 213-8 was slightly below par.

Batch shuffled his bowlers in search of a wicket and Ben Tippett (1-14) was the man who got one to bowl Ben Bryant for 38 and claim his first league wicket for the Talbots.

Atkinson (68) and Max Holden (37)made solid contributions for Granta, before Ben Claydon came in at number 7 and stole the show with an excellent 33 from just 18 balls.

It was left to Anthony Child to scamper the two runs required to take Granta over the winning line off the final ball.

n Al Younger (65) and Andrew Simmons (5-80) helped Sudbury II to a 23-run victory against Kelvedon and Feering.