Sudbury captain takes rap for derby defeat to Bury

DISAPPOINTING DERBY DEFEAT: Match action from Quay Lane as Sudbury (pictured in bat) slipped to a disappointing six wicket defeat to rivals Bury St Edmunds in their East Anglian Premier League encounter
DISAPPOINTING DERBY DEFEAT: Match action from Quay Lane as Sudbury (pictured in bat) slipped to a disappointing six wicket defeat to rivals Bury St Edmunds in their East Anglian Premier League encounter

Sudbury 200 lost to Bury St Edmunds 204-4 by six wickets

GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 200 lost to Bury St Edmunds 204-4 by six wickets

SUDBURY captain Darren Batch held his hands up to a breakdown in communication costing his side defeat against local rivals Bury.

With former Sri Lankan international Hasantha Fernando, so often the thorn in Bury’s side, having made his way on to 50 from 76 balls at number four with skipper Batch and himself edging towards 150, things were looking good.

But then a moment of hesitancy, with Fernando running but Batch staying, saw the former run-out and Batch pinpointed the moment as being the game-changer, leading to the Talbots’ third straight defeat – their worst run since winning promotion to the EAPL two years ago.

“We were looking good at 140-2 when a run-out changed the game,” he said. “It was a brilliant run-out of Hasantha but it was a bit of indecision on his and my part.

“We were well in control of the game before that happened but one wicket can change things.

“We lost four wickets for around two runs and we were up against it – 200 was never going to be enough on that pitch.”

He added: “A couple of their players played well but it was not a total disaster as we still got eight points off it.”

Batch had put the Talbots into bat on what looked like a good track even after the overnight rain, and the opening pair of Nathan Poole (26) and Pete Siegert (19) made a solid start.

Hasantha Fernando then joined him at the crease but just as he reached his half-century he was run out, the first of three Sudbury players to meet this fate.

Batch batted well for 32 before nicking behind. Adam Mansfield and Ben Reece made 20 each but with less-than-cautious running seeing Kenny Moulton-Day and Jon Gallagher also run out Sudbury were 200 all out off 52.4 overs.

Bury’s reply started in a flamboyant fashion after openers Gallagher and Billy Moulton-Day made a poor start – Tom Huggins and Sasha Ward taking advantage as the visitors raced to their total in just 30 overs.

Gallagher took the first wicket of Huggins (20), caught in slip by Fernando, Ward (39) also caught in slip, bowled by Reece.

Poole took Chris Lomas’ wicket for 76, an innings which included 13 fours and one six off just 64 balls.

Reece took the consolation wicket of Abishek Jhunjhunwala for 28, caught in the deep by Poole.

Reece finished with figures of 2-62, Gallagher 1-39. Poole 1-15.

With Sudbury in seventh with the chasing pack now bunched up behind them, a big task lies in wait on Saturday when they travel to Norfolk to take on league leaders Vauxhall Mallards.

But after a spirited performance against them at Friars Street, Batch is hopeful of an upset.

“It will be a difficult game but 
we put in a great performance 
against them at home, nearly 
winning and if we can perform well, 
we have a good chance.”

Suffolk fast bowler Matthew Hunn (illness) and opening batsman Jay Phillips (finger) are both doubts for Saturday.

n FIVE Sudbury players helped Suffolk to victory in their latest match in the East of England Minor Counties development competition.

Playing against Lincolnshire at Exning Cricket Club, the Suffolk side finished on 219 all out, with Darren Batch (48), Nathan Poole (2), Adam Mansfield (28), Ben Reece (15) and Ben Hyett (1) all contributing to the total.

Lincolnshire reached 66-5 before rain stopped play, the win being awarded to Suffolk on their faster run rate.

Mansfield stumped two and caught one off the bowling of Poole, with the other wickets coming from Batch and Reece.