Sudbury race to a crushing 10-wicket derby-day victory

STUBBORN: Hadleigh skipper Josh Davey provided some resistance, but lacked support
STUBBORN: Hadleigh skipper Josh Davey provided some resistance, but lacked support
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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

FIRST DIVISION

Sudbury 86-0 beat

Hadleigh 85 by ten wickets

Sudbury continued their perfect season as they once again collected 20 points to remain top of the Two Counties Division One table.

Hadleigh won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a slow, but ultimately good pitch for batting. They were quickly in trouble as Billy Moulton-Day found the edge of opening batsman Tim Rix for just three.

Ben Hyett then produced a direct hit run-out to dismiss Tom Piddington for 12. Overseas player Dain Moreton (10) was the next batsman sent on his way, this time lbw from the bowling of Sudbury captain Darren Batch.

Marlon Dias (23) provided some fireworks as he launched Tom Huggins for two towering sixes to go with his pair of fours, but his stay was short-lived as he slashed Moulton-Day straight into the safe hands of Ben Reece at backward point.

Hadleigh skipper Josh Davey (14) provided stern resistance, but at the other end his teammates continued to give their wickets away, Moulton-Day the chief beneficiary as he finished with 5-30.

When Davey was eventually dismissed, trying to loft Huggins down the ground, it was left to James Poulson (2-14) to wrap up the innings by collecting two edges, the first pouched by Huggins, the second by wicketkeeper Adam Mansfield. Hadleigh were all out in the 37th over and only managed to limp to 85.

Any hope of a Hadleigh fight back quickly vanished as 13 runs came from the first two balls of the innings (including five wides), opening bowler Kyle Tanner learning the hard way that Huggins enjoys the ball short and wide outside off stump.

Nathan Poole managed to keep parity with his county colleague as he too found the boundary with regularity. The pair never looked troubled and reached the target of 86 in the 13th over. Huggins on 38 and Poole 25, closely followed by extras, 23.

n Hadleigh II beat Abberton and District by nine runs in Division Four at Friars Road. Openers Gary Wiles (39) and Marc Lloyd (28) provided a free-scoring start.

Captain Ryan Phillips (56) kept the momentum going, and did a sterling job marshalling his inexperienced lower order to 183.

Ben Daniels, in his second bowling spell turned the game for Hadleigh. Abberton had made steady progress, but after the big-hitting Sullivan (46) was caught superbly in the deep by Aaron Tampion, Daniels tore through the rest of the batting.

n Hadleigh’s Sunday sides both enjoyed Hunts County Bats League victories, the Firsts in Division One with a comfortable nine-wicket win over Brockley, in which Dain Moreton made his first 50 for the club.

The Seconds ensured Sudbury did not have it all their own way, winning their Division Five match by three wickets. It was an encouraging win for Peter Tampion’s side, who recovered from a poor start to restrict Sudbury to 184, and then saw contributions all down the order to win with two balls to spare.