Skipper puts trust in emerging talent

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Sudbury Cricket Club captain Jonathan Phillips has no problem with keeping faith with the club’s youngsters ahead of a potential banana skin derby at Haverhill on Saturday (11am).

With several senior players unavailable for the weekend’s home game with Witham, teenagers Adam Clark, Charlie Holt and James O’Brien all impressed as the Talbots bounced back from defeat to Frinton, in between an abandoned match with Worlington, with a six-wicket win.

The maximum points victory ensured they kept within five points of joint leaders Coggeshall and Frinton, with Phillips — himself ruled out with a side strain ahead of a week away — keeping the trio in the team.

“They performed really well,” he said. “Charlie Holt did very well opening up with Nathan (Poole).

“Adam Clarke did exceptionally well with the ball, and what opportunity James O’Brien had towards the end of the innings he did exceptionally well and finished things off.”

Leading batsman Darren Batch returns to the side with Matt Pears while vice-chairman Louis Brooks will step up.

Steve O’Brien and Steve Witham will drop down to the seconds, while Johny Gallagher, who got married at the weekend, is away.

But Phillips is far from expecting a stroll in the park against third-from-bottom Haverhill.

“It is a dangerous game. It is away for starters,” he said. “They have two or three really good players who on their day can take it away from anyone.”