Relegation issue may pose a threat

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Reading the paper on my holidays in Cornwall, I noticed for the 11th year out of the last 13, St Just have once again won the Vinter (Cornish County) Cup.

They seem to have a perpetual hold on cricket in the area, similar to that which Bury St Edmunds had in Suffolk during the Noughties.

St Just are now beginning to struggle in their league, as are Bury St Edmunds in the EAPL, and this could be very bad news for Sudbury.

Should a Two Counties team not go up, it may be that three teams are relegated from the top seven divisions, to make way for the team coming down - and our seconds and thirds are in the firing line.

Of course our first team, with their win on Saturday, are top of Division One, and it may be up to them to ensure only two teams are relegated (if they go up and Bury come down there will be the usual two up and two down again).

Centuries from Nathan Poole and league top scorer Tom Huggins saw off Coggeshall. But the relegation issue is of more concern to our second and third teams who slip further into trouble.

The third team were well beaten by a strong Nowton and sit second bottom.

They do play tougher teams early in the second half run, and so there is no panic as a few wins against lower end teams may pull them clear.

But the seconds have already lost two of the four games against teams below them in the second half of the season.

This week saw another last-minute steal by the firsts as Al Younger, one of the seconds’ leading batsmen, was taken at the 11th hour to cover the wicket-keeping role left vacant by Adam Mansfield’s late call off, depleting the seconds even further in a week where five regular players were missing.

It was no suprise they only mustered 132 at Easton, losing by nine wickets - even more frustrating when Kenny Moulton-Day played for the firsts and no doubt would have kept wicket had he been asked.

The seconds now play the two teams below them in back to back weeks, with only six points between them. Two wins brings safety closer, two losses and relegation looms.

So a big fortnight for the second team, and a big fortnight for the club as tomorrow sees first team captain Darren Batch gets hitched at the club, followed by usual league cricket on Saturday (seconds hosts Team Catley aka Exning).

The Lord’s Taverners are here on Sunday, and Cricket Week culminates with the first team at home to local rivals Halstead.

A quick well done to Lavenham Help for Heroes game, which I previously mentioned. They raised over £10,000 - a tremendous and quite remarkable effort for a club that had no team last year.

We hope we can raise a similar amount for the Lord’s Taverners on Sunday, and with free entry and the game starting at 2pm I thoroughly recommend you come to the club and enjoy watching some famous celebrities do battle against our own famous Sudbury cricketers. You’d be mad to miss it.