Sudbury’s title chase heading for the wire

CRICKET - Sudbury Sunday v Battisford''Pictured: James Poulson (Sudbury) ENGANL00220131006095034
CRICKET - Sudbury Sunday v Battisford''Pictured: James Poulson (Sudbury) ENGANL00220131006095034

Sudbury Cricket Club captain Darren Batch has warned his side that last weekend’s victory in the top-of-the-table clash with Witham will mean nothing if they fail to beat Worlington on Saturday.

The convincing 110 run victory moved Sudbury back to the top of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One table with just three matches remaining, leapfrogging their Essex opponents in the process.

Sudbury went into the match two points behind Witham following the last-ball defeat against Wivenhoe, and Batch says it was vital for his side to snatch back the initiative in a match they simply could not afford to lose.

“It was great to win and get back on top of the table,” he said. “It was the first time all season we’d not been top and the performance was excellent.

“We knew it was very important because if we lost it could have been game over.”

The result leaves Sudbury 13 points clear, meaning they could afford a defeat as long as they picked up three bonus points.

However, Batch isn’t considering that and has set his side the goal of winning all three matches, starting with Worlington on Saturday (1pm).

“We know if we perform as well as we can then we can win these three matches,” he said.

“Each game is worth 20 points and is as important as the next. It is no good winning against Witham if we go on and lose the next match so all our efforts are now on Worlington.”

Worlington find themselves seventh in the table with little to play for in their remaining games after allbut securing safety with a five wicket win over Coggeshall last weekend.

However, Batch is still wary and knows Sudbury will have to be at their best in every game to win the title, especially considering all three of their league defeats this season have come at Friars Street.

“All the guys know on any given day that things can go wrong if they don’t perform well,” he said.

“We’ve had a couple of scares and we know that we can’t take any game for granted. I know the guys will work hard until it is mathematically possible.

“Our lead is on 13 points and that can easily be wiped out with one defeat.”

Sudbury are at full strength with Akeal Hosein available for selection following his tour with Queen’s Park.