Sudbury Cricket Clun’s Will Shropshire looks back on a weekend for the batsmen

It was a weekend mainly for the batsmen at the club.

Big runs were found as Simon Ruffell smashed 150 against Edwardstone on Sunday, Daddy Dave Shropshire supporting with 90, in their huge total of 300 in 40 overs.

Meanwhile, Ben Reece — released from the firsts — unleashed the talent we all know is there, taking just 15 overs to reach his hundred at Brightlingsea for the seconds, while Matt Pears scored another 80 in the same game to bring his tally to 300 already for the season in just four games.

But the bowlers weren’t to be outdone either.

Skipper Phil Halliday took five wickets off 13 overs as his third team came frustratingly close to beating Melton and the ever-reliable Johnny Gallagher took four against Bury as the firsts nervously held on to a draw in a rain-affected match.

With six runs needed off two balls, Johnny The Reliable bowled a no-ball single, meaning four runs were still needed from two.

But against the strangely-reluctant Tom Huggins, he bowled a dot then a single to save the draw.

Without doubt, the talking point of the game was Ben Hyett’s caught and bowled to dismiss Test player Abhishek Jhunjhunwala.

Diving to his left like a budgie released from captivity, he flung himself at the hard-hit ball and rose with leather in his hands to see the Indian star off for 58 from 40 balls.

Johnny may have held nerve and bowled the last over, but it would not have got that far without the athleticism of the continuingly-impressive Ben Hyett.

The ladies unfortunately lost to Eight Ash Green on Friday, going down heavily by eight wickets, but away at Castle Park this Friday they will look to get things back on track.

Talking of getting back on track this season, the club is going back to its roots and having a bumper social events calendar, like it was before club cricket got all serious.

It starts with the annual quiz this Saturday, then heading into June we have ‘book a babysitter’ night on June 15 and golf day on June 21.

Cricket Week is actually Cricket Week and Half as we have a day’s play everyday from Friday, July 26, to Sunday, August 4, and this will include the auction/charity night on behalf of Jandre Coetzee on Saturday, August 27 — a three-course meal and dinner dance evening.

Don’t forget, even when the first team are away, you can keep track of the score every ball using the interactive scoreboard at www.sudbury.play-cricket.com by clicking on the total cricket scorers box bottom left.