Sudbury remain top of the table despite a first defeat

SOLID INNINGS: Steve Witham scored 43 for Sudbury II but it was not enough to prevent a five-wicket defeat against Haverhill II
SOLID INNINGS: Steve Witham scored 43 for Sudbury II but it was not enough to prevent a five-wicket defeat against Haverhill II

MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES 
CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Sudbury 334-6 lost to

Wivenhoe 335-7

by three wickets

Table-topping Sudbury slipped to their first defeat of the campaign, doing down to a three-wicket loss at the hands of Wivenhoe.

Having won the toss on a very flat looking pitch Sudbury captain Darren Batch had no hesitation in electing to bat first.

Opening pair Tom Huggins and Nathan Poole started well, reaching 37 before Poole top-edged a hook shot and was caught on the fine leg boundary for 21.

After a last-minute batting order shuffle Batch emerged from the dressing room to join Huggins and the pair began building an excellent partnership that yielded 248 runs from just 38 overs.

Huggins continued his fine form as he brought up his second hundred of the season from just 112 balls, and accelerated to 145 with a series of powerful hits.

Batch kept parity with his partner for much of the innings and made 119 before he was caught. Sudbury lost late wickets but kept the scoring rate high and ended on 334-6.

Witham’s reply got off to a bad start when Billy Moulton-Day had Jake Wakeling caught at square leg for 0. Sadly, that was the last part Moulton-Day would play in the game as he suffered a hamstring injury.

Australian import Scott Cooper fell in the same way, this time off the bowling of Jonny Gallagher to leave Witham 34-2. Leroy Facey joined Hawes and the pair batted exceptionally well, punishing anything which was slightly off line or length as Sudbury went in search of further wickets.

The pair added 221 for the third wicket before Huggins bowled Hawes. Facey took the lead after Hawes’ departure and ensured that run rate never got above 12 an over by hitting regular boundaries and reached his century with one of his 11 maximums.

Needing 15 from the last over Facey hit a six and a four from the first two balls, a couple of dots and a wide later and four were required from two balls. Facey advanced down the pitch and struck the final boundary to seal victory. Facey finished with figures of 173 not out from just 134 balls.

Despite the defeat, Sudbury still sit top of the Two Counties Division One table, but their lead has been cut to just five points ahead on Mildenhall. Sudbury will be aiming to get back on track at Worlington on Saturday.