SUDBURY CRICKET COLUMN: New buzz of excitement for 2016

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Our new columnist, Mark Warbrook, previews the season down at Friars Street.

We have a new chairman at the helm in Louis Brooks, new members on the committee and even a new club columnist for the Free Press in yours truly.

There is also a real injection of enthusiasm with many new players at the club.

We give thanks to Roger Troughton after 13 years as chairman and he has been rewarded with an honorary life membership.

Dustin Melton has joined the club’s coaching staff. He is a fine chap from Pretoria and he’ll be a good watch. We wish him a warm welcome.

I myself joined the club two years ago having moved to the area. I have been made very welcome and it’s a great social and family orientated environment and a great mechanism to meet new people.

It’s driven me to get more involved and I am now running the social side of the club.

I want to thank Will Shropshire for Will’s World over the past seven years, for his great communications with the town.

I am pleased to say the ladies’ team is in its 11th year and we always welcome new players to men’s ladies’ and junior cricket.

Our juniors have expanded and we are now taking players from six years old. Please see www.sudburycricket.com for all the joining details.

So please come down to the beautiful ground in Sudbury. We really have some great cricket on offer this season for all the people of the town and surrounding area.

Darren Batch will lead the 1st XI back into the East Anglian Premier League. The Talbots know it’s going to be a tough season but feel they are better equipped to deal with what’s in store, and establishing themselves in the league this year will be a great achievement.

Alistair Younger will lead the 2nd XI. Al has a vast amount of experience having played through the juniors and all levels of the club and is looking for a very positive season with both youth and experience to have a great season in Two Counties Division Three.

Phil Halliday, who achieved Club Person of The Year in 2015, is raring to go in Division Seven, this year also blooding some youngsters in with some more knowledgeable folk. Phil always has a great team spirit in the camp and will be travelling to some new grounds this year.

He will also be running the Sunday Division One side, Billy Moulton-Day standing down this season. Andy Holness is back as a club skipper. He will be running our Sunday friendly side to really help get our juniors into cricket and play some great local village sides.

This year also sees the return of the Suffolk Cup. It’s a Twenty/20 format so there will plenty of action on some Wednesday, Friday and Monday nights. Hopefully, the guys can go one further than England this summer.

This Saturday, the second team are at home to Tuddenham (1pm). The first team kick off at Frinton (11am). The IIIs are away at Woolpit and on Sunday we have our first Sunday friendly match, versus Twinstead. I look forward to seeing you at the club.