Sudbury Cricket Club’s Will Shropshire reflects on a bright start for ‘the Talbotesses’

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I was lucky enough to grab a few hours at the club on Sunday, watching a young Haverhill player score an immaculate century.

Alhough it was only the first week in May, I have already decided that this summer the only place to really enjoy the sunshine is down at the cricket club.

It was glorious, a spirited game on the outfield, fresh ale on tap and it really couldn’t have been much better.

Unfortunately, the first team must have had the same thoughts as for the third year running their nemesis match, Swardeston away, proved fairly fruitless on Saturday.

Just one point and home by 4.30pm. At least they got back in good time to see Matt Pears lead his side to victory with a fine unbeaten century, Kenny M-D supported with a brisk 60 and Paul Harris smashed his first ball out of the ground in his 10 ball 30.

Although the first team had a drumming against the title holders this week, there is no panic at the club.

After all, every team has one ‘bad day’ each season and you might as well get it out of the way at a ground where very few teams pick up big points, saving the better performances for games where points are more readily available.

None more so than this week against Bury St Edmunds, who are yet to win a game this season, but no doubt keen to get their teeth into a local derby, a cracker of a game at Friars Street starting at 11am.

The thirds got their season off to a flyer, beating Brightlingsea on Saturday, the ever-reliable young Adam Clark taking three wickets and Elliot Wooten (40) chasing 139 easily.

The Sunday firsts also continued their 100 per cent performance, Charlie Holt with a fine 70 and new-man John Elsey with 50 leaving enough runs for Peter Siegert to get another bowl — this time taking two wickets.

But the best news of the weekend, bar the sunshine, was the ladies getting their season off and running.

A thriller against Abberton on Friday night saw a two-run loss for the Talbotesses, but with wickets to spare and showing full potential for a successful season.

Ali Teixera took 5-12 on her debut as skipper and Penny Everett scored 26 as the ladies showed their progression in the game.

After all, a few years ago, it is likely they might have gone out all guns blazing and been all out, leaving plenty of time to get the runs.

But they are developing fast and with tactical awareness and by keeping wickets in hand they so nearly pulled off a victory against one of the strongest teams in the area.

Also it gives me great pleasure to say Jandre Coetzee is back in the UK and looking forward to a third season with Sudbury.

So to sum up this weekend; there was sunshine, a fully-stocked bar and six games of cricket. When the British summer is in flow and the weather is right, what could be better than cricket?