Standard is set for Talbots after win over Bury

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Sudbury Cricket Club captain Darren Batch insists the Talbots have set the standard after beating Bury St Edmunds at the weekend, writes Alex Moss.

James Poulson’s five-wicket haul helped Sudbury to a comfortable six-wicket victory at Friars Street on Saturday, which also propelled them to fifth place in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League table.

And ahead of hosting another local side in Copdock and Old Ipswichian on Saturday (11am), Batch is hoping his side can deliver another strong performance on their home turf.

“I was really pleased to get the win against Bury,” the Sudbury skipper said.

“We’ve taken a lot of confidence from beating a pretty strong Bury side and that’s the standard we’ve set ourselves now.

“We know the standard we can perform to after Saturday and we’ve got to look to maintain it for the rest of the season.”

Sudbury will be without wicket-keeper Adam Mansfield and five-wicket hero Poulson this weekend, with the pair set to be replaced by Al Younger and Steve Witham.

Younger (66) and Witham (91 not out) both shone for Sudbury’s second XI in Saturday’s 142-run win at Little Bardfield Village.

n Reece Topley has been ruled out for three months with a back injury.

The former Hadleigh Cricket Club bowler had been out of action since April and now faces a longer spell on the sidelines.