Talbots edge closer to league survival

Sudbury Cricket Club return to outdoor nets''Pictured: Darren Batch
Sudbury Cricket Club return to outdoor nets''Pictured: Darren Batch

HALFWAY to survival – that is the view of Sudbury captain Darren Batch following the Talbots’ third Premier League win on Saturday.

Another two to three wins between now and the end of the season and Batch believes Sudbury could continue playing at the highest level in their long history.

But the Talbots’ skipper is not prepared to wait around for the next win, following a three-wicket victory chalked up at Friars Street against Norwich on Saturday which moved them four places above the relegation spot.

Batch is already plotting taking the honours from the visit to Saffron Walden on Saturday (11am) to edge them ever closer to not having to worry about the trapdoor.

“We are looking now for another two to three wins and then we can start looking up rather than down,” he said.

“Saffron Walden were bowled out for 180 at the weekend and bowled Bury out and I think we can go there with confidence and look to pick up as many points as we can and definitely not rule out another win.

“Confidence is fairly high with how we are bowling and fielding and our fielding was another plus point on Saturday — with our bowling and fielding we should not be worried about any bowling line up.

“We need to put to the back of our minds how we batted against Halstead and should be able to produce a good batting display.”

After home defeats in the league to local rivals Halstead and Bury St Edmunds, Batch is glad to get his side on the road again on Saturday.

He said: “We have played well away from home this season getting 270 at Great Witchingham and winning at Burwell. Playing at home can sometimes be a bit of a negative thing for us at the moment, when we have gone away our performance has been a lot better with their being less pressure.”

Swing bowler Jonny Gallagher and overseas professional Hasantha Fernando both took three wicket hauls on Saturday and will be looking to continue where they left off in the Premier League at Saffron Walden, who are in fifth, three places above Sudbury.

But Batch is sweating on the fitness of Matthew Hunn (back), who took two wickets against Norwich, and Craig Smith, who dislocated a finger in Twenty/20 action – which saw Sudbury progress in the Suffolk Cup on points after beating Long Melford and Hadleigh.