Leaders show top form to make it six wins out of six

TOUGH TIME: Paul Harris bowling for Sudbury II, who were beaten by 120 runs at Lakenheath on Saturday
TOUGH TIME: Paul Harris bowling for Sudbury II, who were beaten by 120 runs at Lakenheath on Saturday

MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Sudbury 277-4 beat

Frinton-on-Sea II 85

by 192 runs

Sudbury captain Darren Batch was expecting a tough game, but the home bowlers were always on top in this comfortable victory.

League leaders Sudbury elected to bat on a good surface. Tom Huggins was quickly into his stride, cutting and driving confidently off Jermaine Shillingford. Nathan Poole also started well, helping himself to boundaries.

Sudbury had raced to 77 in 13 overs when Huggins attempted to clear the ropes again and was caught on the long off boundary from the bowling of Tony Stubbs. Adam Mansfield joined Poole and they were untroubled throughout their 117-run partnership.

Poole was approaching a second hundred for the season when he top-edged a pull shot to deep square leg to fall for 93. Mansfield, after launching one towering six down the ground, was caught on the boundary for 83 attempting another. Ben Reece was promoted in the order to good effect as he struck 38 from 29 balls before he too was caught attempting a maximum. Sudbury ended on an excellent 277-4.

Frinton needed a big contribution from West Indian opening batsman Shayne Moseley. But, after James Poulson had Joe Fowler excellently caught at third man by James O’Brien, he had Moseley caught at point.

Batch and Ben Reece helped themselves to two wickets each as the Frinton middle order showed little application. Jack Backler replaced Batch and the lower order had no answer to his leg spin as he reduced them to 59-9 before a few lusty blows brought some respectability. Frinton were all out for 85 when skipper Nick Patel became Backler’s fourth victim.

Sudbury visit second-placed Wivenhoe on Saturday.

n In Division Two Sudbury II slipped to a third straight defeat. With only nine players for the first 20 overs Lakenheath made them pay. Only Charlie Thomas had much to shout about with five wickets. Shane Leech (65) survived a chance early on and D Palmer (52) made the Talbots struggle, as the hosts chalked up 237-8.

In reply Sudbury lost Charlie Philips second ball. Pete Siegert and Al Younger re-built with 20s, and new boy Harry Dixon-Smith struck a sumptuous 38. Steve Witham, with 24, was last man out with the Talbots on a sorry 118.