GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Swardeston 136-2 beat Sudbury 131 by eight wickets
SUDBURY went into this important clash looking to start the second half of the season well, but found themselves put to the sword by the league leaders.
Skipper Darren Batch won the toss and opted to bat first on what looked like a good track but with the outfield still wet from the overnight rain.
The Talbots’ opening line-up of Jay Phillips and Pete Siegert made a solid start.
When Sudbury lost Siegert for 13 and Phillips for 25, this brought Sri Lankan Hasantha Fernando (22) to the crease with Kenny Moulton-Day.
Moulton-Day was the pick of the batting line-up and entertained the crowd with one four and two sixes for a good 18, but Sudbury only managed to reach 131 all out off 48 overs.
Sudbury openers Jon Gallagher and 18-year-old Matt Hunn made an explosive start and Swardeston soon found themselves at just 9-2 in reply.
Hunn first took the wicket of Peter Lambert, caught behind by Adam Mansfield, then Gallagher removed Lewis Denmark caught at cover.
But from here it was downhill for the Talbots.
Swardeston consolidated with Stephen Gray and Mark Palane who both made 50 in a stand of 122.
Gray finished on 52 and Parlane 71no to complete the run chase after 27.3 overs.
A disappointing result for Sudbury after a spell of cancelled games.
Hunn finished with figures of 1-33, Gallagher 1-28.
n SUDBURY Sunday Seconds batted their way to victory in Division Four of the Hunts County Bats in a textbook display of teamwork in the picturesque setting of Tendring Park.
Early momentum from Dave Shropshire, steady but sure progress mid-innings from Colin Walters and Charlie Holt, and an explosive finish from Simon Ruffell, including 24 off one over, pushed the final score up to 168-3.
Young Holt, showing many similarities to Walters, did especially well, as the slow outfield meant that his 46 runs were all run with no boundaries.
Sudbury dragged themselves away from tea to try and defend what actually turned out to be a good total.
Tendring opener Willingham batted well but skipper MacDiarmid and Charlie Ruffell bowled tight opening spells, and with Will Edwards and Robbie Jackson keeping the pressure on mid-innings, it allowed Walters to reap the benefit with his occasional spin bowling, including to everyone’s surprise two excellent caught and bowleds.
MacDiarmid and Ruffell returned to clean up the tail and Sudbury were victors by 59 runs.