Sudbury stuck in a rut with another defeat

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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 105 lost to Great 
Witchingham 199 by 94 runs

SUDBURY’S losing streak continued on Saturday in a 94-run home defeat to Great Witchingham.

Skipper Darren Batch lost the toss and was asked to field first on what looked like a hard August pitch. Witchingham’s openers James Spelman and James Hale made a solid start, reaching 61-1 before spinner Ben Hyett made the breakthrough, having Hale out for 18.

Sudbury fielded well and bowled good areas to keep the run-rate down and saw their persistence pay off as wickets fell through the pressure applied.

Ben Reece, Hasantha Fernando and Jon Gallagher all took three wickets as Spelman ended on 103 and the innings closed on 199 off 62.5 overs.

The Sudbury opening pairing of Jay Phillips and Pete Siegert made a solid start but Sudbury lost Phillips for 18 after a controversial run-out, Phillips thinking the ball was dead and Ben Ringer knocking the bails off.

It has been a common theme for Sudbury to lose wickets quickly and Saturday was no exception.

Sudbury collapsed to 77-7, Fernando made 18 and Siegert 15, but James Poulson and Gallagher consolidated for a 21-run partnership before Poulson was trapped lbw for 23.

Sudbury’s innings was finished off by off spinner James Hale as they reached 105 all out off 34.2 overs.

HUNTS COUNTY BATS

SUFFOLK SUNDAY LEAGUE

DIVISION FOUR

Sudbury 202 beat

Horringer 178 by 24 runs

SUDBURY II got back to winning ways against Horringer, hitting back after last week’s dismal display at Great Cornard.

The away fixture at Ickworth Park back in June had been a very one-sided affair, but Sudbury had to work much harder for this win.

Batting first, the Sudbury innings was built round a maiden century in senior cricket for James O’Brien, and a very good innings it was too, although he should be grateful to opening partner Andy Holness who sacrificed his own wicket in a running mix-up with both batsmen ending up at the same end.

The Sudbury innings stagnated a little, and a final score of 202 certainly looked in sight, all the more so when Horringer opener Smith and number four bat Pillai were hitting the ball to all parts of the ground midway through the innings.

Captain MacDiarmid, whose own bowling early on had been remarkably frugal with five straight maidens, turned to the dependable Ben Hyett, who proceeded to win the match for Sudbury with a fine spell of bowling, taking 5-21 in 9.3 overs.

Horringer looked likely winners 10 overs from the end and finished 24 runs short.