Sudbury pay the penalty for a late batting collapse

SPARKLING FORM: Tom Huggins scored 57 for Sudbury, a knock which included 11 fours, but he could not prevent a two-wicket defeat to Swardeston
SPARKLING FORM: Tom Huggins scored 57 for Sudbury, a knock which included 11 fours, but he could not prevent a two-wicket defeat to Swardeston
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EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 236 lost to

Swardeston 242-8

by two wickets

Visiting captain Mark Thomas decided to bowl first on a surface which still held some moisture from the overnight rain.

Nathan Poole and Tom Huggins started well to reach 38 after nine overs before Poole was bowled by a good delivery which nipped sharply off the seam .

Sudbury captain Darren Batch joined Huggins and the pair built an excellent partnership of 40.

Huggins was out shortly after completing his first 50 of the season edging behind of the bowling of Thomas. James O’Brien was bowled for just three and he was followed shortly after by Adam Mansfield for five.

Ben Reece and Batch added 86 runs. Reece flayed 30 from three overs after lunch before a short rain break halted Sudbury’s momentum.

Reece was eventually run-out for a 45 to leave Sudbury on 192-5. Batch was bowled shortly after by Michael Eccles for an excellent 81.

Dustin Melton and James Poulson added 27 before a batting collapse saw Sudbury lose their last four wickets for just three runs. The total of 236 was disappointing given the position they were in at one stage.

Swardeston started their response brightly. The Sudbury bowlers were ill-disciplined in their lines and lengths and were punished by Peter Lambert and Jordan Taylor as the pair raced to 38 from the first 21 balls.

A piece of fielding brilliance from Billy Moulton-Day saw Taylor run out by the smallest of margins. Lambert was out shortly after completing his half century, Moulton-Day surprising him with a short ball and Poulson completing the catch at mid-on.

A third wicket partnership of 77 between Stephen Gray (67) and Joe Gatting (51) put Swardeston in a commanding position before Batch removed Gatting, and Reece picked up Gray and Lewis Denmark as Swardeston kept an eye on the weather.

Moulton-Day accounted for a further two wickets, the first a direct hit from the boundary to run out George Walker before bowling Freddie Ruffle.

Ben Reece trapped Matthew Taylor lbw with the scores level, but it was Swardeston skipper Thomas who lofted a straight six to take the champions to victory.

n In Two Counties Division Three, Sudbury II beat Coggeshall II by 152 runs. Stuart Whitehart scored 55 and Matt Pears 46 as Sudbury reached 208-5.

Ben Hyett took three wickets for five runs and Whitehart 3-26 as Coggeshall were dismissed for 55.

n Sudbury III 146, lost to Worlingworth 147-1 by nine wickets in Two Counties Division Seven.

n Sudbury Sunday II 154-2 beat Lavenham 153 by eight wickets in a friendly.