Sudbury’s hopes of victory over the Witches flies away

HALF CENTURY: Sudbury opener Tom Huggins compiled his third half century of the season for the Talbots during their abandoned Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League clash with Great Witchingham at the weekend

HALF CENTURY: Sudbury opener Tom Huggins compiled his third half century of the season for the Talbots during their abandoned Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League clash with Great Witchingham at the weekend

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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 226 drew with

Great Witchingham 96-1

(match abandoned)

Heavy afternoon rain made sure there was no positive result when Sudbury took on Great Witchingham at Friars Street on Saturday.

After the Witches won the toss and decided to bowl first, Sudbury lost Nathan Poole in the fifth over when James Spelman clipped his off-stump with one that moved away off the seam.

Spelman then benefited again when Darren Batch prodded loosely at a wide delivery, gifting an easy catch in the gully for the visitors.

James O’Brien’s stay at the crease was ended when he edged behind to leave the score at 44-3, before Ben Reece joined Tom Huggins and the pair steadied the innings.

Both players played attacking strokes on a slow surface to move the score onto 112 just before the lunch break, with Huggins completing his third half century of the season.

Unfortunately, the Sudbury opener edged behind just before the interval to leave the home side on 124-4.

Witchingham skipper Brenton McDonald had bowled well before the break without reward, but that changed in the afternoon session as he claimed four Sudbury wickets.

Firstly, Reece was bowled by a quicker ball for an excellent 53 and then Al Younger (29) was also bowled in similar fashion.

Chris Lewis was stumped after he was beaten by one which turned sharply and Kenny Moulton-Day was bowled immediately after launching a four first ball.

With the score on 179-8 Sudbury were in danger of posting a below-par score, but Dustin Melton and James Poulson rescued the innings with a partnership of 44 in just five overs.

Melton, in particular, was in an aggressive mood as he smashed four towering sixes.

Sudbury were bowled out for 226 when Melton skied another attempted six.

On the slow surface the home bowlers tried to make scoring difficult, and the tactic was successful in part as the Witchingham score crept along at three runs per over.

But sufficient pressure was not built to induce a false stroke from either opening batsman.

Spelman and Sam Arthurton played patiently as they waited for a bad ball to the boundary, with the home side in turn becoming more and more frustrated at the lack of wickets.

Huggins did manage to eventually breach the defences of Spelman when he went back to one which kept a little low and was bowled with the score on 61.

Witchingham suffered no further loss which meant they went into the tea interval on 96-1, but it was during the break that a torrential downpour meant no more play was possible and the game abandoned as a draw.