Promotion hopes take a battering

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Sudbury’s Two Counties Championship promotion hopes were virtually extinguished at the weekend as the first team went down to a stunning nine-wicket home defeat at the hands of Wivenhoe.

Sudbury dropped to fifth, on 221 points, 50 behind leaders Coggeshall with six games to go.

Although Sudbury had set their sights on an immediate return to the East Anglian Premier League, following relegation last year, vice-captain James Poulson feels another season in Two Counties might prove beneficial.

“Perhaps we need a little more time to rebuild. We have some good young players coming through, and perhaps we need another year in Two Counties to bring them on,” he said.

The EAPL is likely to restructure for 2016 with a second division, and Poulson believes a return to Premier League cricket via a lower division might be better for the club.

“We need to be strong enough to compete,” he said. “People have to step up and work hard. If the seconds are strong it puts pressure on the firsts. “Competition for places can only make the club stronger.”

Against Wivenhoe, Sudbury were dismissed for 130, only Mike Jones offering any resistance in his knock of 80. The visitors comfortably reached 132 for the loss of one wicket.

“It was a bad day all round,” said Poulson. “We were outplayed in all departments, outbowled, outbatted and outfielded.

“We just didn’t bowl well enough on a good pitch and they bowled exceptionally well. We will have to win every game from now on to be in with a chance of promotion.”

Sudbury visit third-placed Mistley on Saturday.