Slow start costs Sudbury dear in a heavy defeat

ON HIS OWN: Jandre Coetzee (pictured) and Ben Reece, who accounted for more than half of Sudbury's below par total of 142 against Horsford on Saturday

ON HIS OWN: Jandre Coetzee (pictured) and Ben Reece, who accounted for more than half of Sudbury's below par total of 142 against Horsford on Saturday

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EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 142 lost to

Horsford 144

by 10 wickets

A woeful start cost Sudbury any points on a disastrous afternoon against Horsford, leaving them second bottom after seven games.

Skipper Darren Batch won the toss and opted to bat on a soft Friars Street pitch that had seen rain during the week, hoping the best of the 
conditions would be found in the first half of the day.

Sudbury made an awful start, losing four wickets for 23 runs in the first 10 overs.

Rory Darkins (6) was the first to go, quickly followed by Nathan Poole (0), both edging behind.

Jon Phillips (11) was caught at mid-wicket after hitting a leading edge and Batch (4) was clean bowled.

James Poulson and Adam Mansfield attempted to steer Sudbury back on course, but after a brief fight, Poulson (11) was caught in slip and Mansfield run-out after a mix-up for nine.

Jandre Coetzee and Ben Reece were the two to save Sudbury’s blushes, Reece making 14 in 61 balls and putting on 60 in partnership with Coetzee. Reece was out stumped in the 39th over the score on 110-7.

Jonny Gallagher managed to last 35 balls for three while supporting Coetzee, but was finally out lbw before the final two wickets fell easily.

Coetzee was stranded on 69 off 91 balls, a magnificent performance that included nine fours and a six. Sudbury finished on 142 all out from 53 overs.

Horsford’s reply started slowly with Jonny Gallagher and Billy Moulton-Day bowling tight lines and restricting Horsford to 24 off the first 10 overs.

But a lack of wicket-taking, which has been noticeable in previous weeks, was again the cause of Sudbury’s demise.

The next 10 overs went for 60 runs as the Sudbury bowlers failed to make a breakthrough and paid the price for bad bowling, gifting the Horsford openers too many runs.

Horsford eased their way over the finishing line in the 31st over with Matt Love making 92no off 94 balls with seven fours and seven sixes and Perry Warnes (40) in support.

Sudbury’s figures were Gallagher, 0-30 off eight; Coetzee, 0-15 off six; Hyett, 0-29 off five; and Reece, 0-32 off two.