Seventh straight win sees Sudbury sit 17 points clear

CAUGHT OUT: Long Melford II's Cameron Stace leaves the field after being dismissed early on during their 160-run victory over Sudbury III on Saturday

CAUGHT OUT: Long Melford II's Cameron Stace leaves the field after being dismissed early on during their 160-run victory over Sudbury III on Saturday

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Wivenhoe 146 lost to

Sudbury 212-9 by 66 runs

Sudbury made it seven wins out of seven as they saw off title challengers Wivenhoe by 66 runs to keep their 100 per cent record at the top in tact.

After winning the toss the Talbots elected to bat first on a very dry surface, with Tom Huggins striking five boundaries before being stumped for 29 runs.

Adam Mansfield was next to leave the field after being drawn into an uncharacteristic swipe, which resulted in being caught for 13.

Talbots captain Darren Batch came into the attack after being promoted to number four, joining Nathan Poole (54) at the crease, who completed a third half century of the season before being caught out.

James O’Brien joined the skipper and the pair completed a useful stand of 53 to steady the Sudbury innings.

O’Brien (21), Ben Reece (19) and James Poulson (five) all departed before Batch (57) reached his half century, with Sudbury finishing on 212-9.

The visitors knew they had a defendable score if they bowled well, and they made the perfect start when Poulson had Wivenhoe opener Jordan Elliott for a duck.

Matt Durrell and Dean Robinson compiled a half century partnership to get the hosts back on track, as the Sudbury seamers struggled to find any consistency.

However the introduction of all-rounder Huggins changed the game, as a spell of six overs yielded three wickets for the loss of just six runs.

Durrell (39), Ryan Vickery (two) and Robinson (36) were all dismissed by Huggins, as Wivenhoe slumped from 58-1 to 79-4.

Batch juggled his bowlers after the breakthrough, with each of them picking up wickets at regular intervals to near closer to the winning line.

Billy Moulton-Day (2-16) wrapped up the win to restrict the hosts to 146 all out and secure a seventh consecutive win.

n In Division Two, Sudbury II got back to winning ways with a thrilling five wicket victory against Long Melford.

Tom Barnard (62) and Adam Matthews (64) both hit half centuries as Melford finished with an impressive score of 306-7.

However Sudbury surpassed the target with a century from Steve Witham (107 not out) and Matt Pears (78) making big contributions, before Will Shropshire struck a six out of the ground to clinch the win with three balls to spare.