Talbots defeated by fellow strugglers at Friars Street

BATTING COLLAPSE: Once Peter Siegert (pictured) lost skipper Darren Batch, for 32 it sparked the downfall that led to Sudbury's home defeat to Copdock and Old Ipswichian in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday
BATTING COLLAPSE: Once Peter Siegert (pictured) lost skipper Darren Batch, for 32 it sparked the downfall that led to Sudbury's home defeat to Copdock and Old Ipswichian in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday

GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 113 lost to

Copdock and OI 114-6

by four wickets

Sudbury were comfortably seen off by fellow strugglers Copdock and Old Ipswichian to leave them bottom of the East Anglian Premier League.

The visitors won the toss on a damp pitch and decided to bowl first at Friars Street on Saturday.

Sudbury lost opener Ben Reece for four before skipper Darren Batch and Pete Siegert battled hard to reach 70-1.

It was the loss of Batch for 32 that sparked a remarkable collapse.

Suffolk player Tom Rash bowled superbly, but was aided by some poor shots in a spell that reaped six wickets for just 12 runs.

Fifteen-year-old Charlie Holt — making his Premier League debut by batting at number four — played very sensibly to reach lunch unbeaten and he had Sudbury veteran Steve Witham for company with the score on 103-7.

Holt was undone by the slowness of the pitch as he chipped Australian Test bowler Peter George to mid-on to depart for nine.

Witham decided to play some big shots, but eventually played around an arm ball from Copdock captain Chris Swallow to be trapped lbw for a well-made 23 from just 21 balls.

The Sudbury innings closed at 113, which was always going to be difficult to defend on a pitch that was drying quickly in the afternoon sun.

Sudbury started well when Jandre Coetzee trapped Adrian Nel lbw for just four.

James Poulson opened the bowling with excellent control from one end, which enabled Batch to attack from the other.

Gallagher was brought on and gained immediate results by having Archie Gravell caught behind for seven.

Gallagher then removed Swallow, before the return of Coetzee saw another wicket fall to leave Copdock 39-4.

A partnership of 37 between Suffolk’s Martyn Cull and James East took the visitors to the brink of victory, but there was still time for Reece and Gallagher to pick up a further wicket each before the excellent Cull steered his side to victory by four wickets.

Sudbury host EAPL high flyers Cambridge Granta on Saturday (11am) at Friars Street, looking for a win to take them away from the relegation place they hold.