Late collapse sees Sudbury fall just short of big target

NO LUCK: Sudburys Ben Reece was unable to halt the flow of runs as Copdock & OI reached a winning 332-6
NO LUCK: Sudburys Ben Reece was unable to halt the flow of runs as Copdock & OI reached a winning 332-6
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 304 lost to

Copdock and OI 332-6

by 28 runs

Sudbury put in a superb effort to get close to the huge target but ultimately they will be very frustrated to have not won at home to Copdock & OI in their mid-table clash.

Under clear skies and warm sunshine Copdock won the toss and decided to bat first.

Dustin Melton struck with the fifth ball of the day when Adam Hopkins shouldered arms to one which nipped back off the seam.

But Sudbury’s seamers struggled for control from then on, and spin was quickly introduced that seemed to have a knock-on effect as overs raced by.

Copdock batsmen, Martyn Cull and Sam Webb-Snowling kept the scoreboard ticking over to reach 88, until Webb-Snowling was caught at long-on attempting to loft Nathan Poole out of the ground.

South African Dewald Botha immediately assumed the role of aggressor when he joined Cull (147 no) in the middle and the pair set about a magnificent partnership either side of the lunch break.

Botha struck 86 runs which included six maximums before he was caught off the bowling of Ben Reece.

Cull continued his way to 100, although he did benefit from two let-off catches. Those incidents aside, he batted fantastically well throughout the innings to finish on 147 not out and he was ably supported by the Copdock middle order as the visitors reached a mammoth 332-6 after their 64 overs.

Sudbury’s innings - faced 67 overs instead of 56 - got a flying start as Poole received some short stuff from opening bowler Matt Waring which he dispatched with ease.

Waring persisted and was rewarded when Tom Huggins edged behind for just two.

Poole was adjudged LBW shortly after to leave Sudbury on 43-2.

James O’Brien and Darren Batch steadied the innings, building a half century partnership before O’Brien feathered one behind off Beaumont to depart for 18.

Reece made a brisk 13 before he was unlucky to be caught.

Alistair Younger, playing his first EAPL game of the season, joined skipper Batch and the pair batted excellently together. Batch reached his hundred with a pulled six off Beaumont and had reached 140 when he finally fell with his side 264-5 and requiring a further 69 runs at just over a run a ball.

Regrettably for the home side their lower order has not managed a significant contribution so far this season and this game was no exception. Good bowling was helped by some rash shots as Sudbury lost their final six wickets for just 40 runs inside seven overs to fall 28 runs short of their target.

The Talbots visit Burwell on Saturday (11am) hoping to get back to winning ways.

n Sudbury Sunday II (260-9) beat Chappel & Wakes Colne by 49 runs with Colin Walters taking three wickets while 13-year-old Alex Quin took a good high catch off the bowling of Dave Hinchcliffe (two wickets) near the end, to add to his earlier run out.

n Sudbury’s Dave Hinchcliffe’s (20 no) hard hitting little cameo brought about a Suffolk Over-60s (217-3) win with one over to spare over Norfolk Over-60s (214-6) at Overstrand last Tuesday.

Hinchcliffe has been selected for the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Cricket Championship Over-50s side to take on Kelvedon & Feering Seniors at their Rye Mill Lane ground today (11am).