Talbots extend lead at the top with win at Hadleigh

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Hadleigh 110 lost to

Sudbury 253-4 by 143 runs

Half centuries from Darren Batch and Tom Huggins helped Sudbury extend their lead at the top of Division One to 14 points on Saturday.

Sudbury won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first on a very dry looking pitch, which looked as though it would deteriorate as the match progressed.

Last week’s centurion Nathan Poole departed for a duck in the third over, as a leading edge offered Kyle Tanner (1-44) the easiest of caught and bowled chances.

Sudbury’s other opener Huggins began where he left off last week, punishing anything slightly off line as he moved through the gears.

Adam Mansfield returned to his customary number three position after missing last week because of illness, and he kept Huggins company up until the drinks break.

Mansfield (43) was then bowled off the first ball after the resumption by Sam Handley (1-20), ending Sudbury’s second-wicket partnership on 91 to leave the Talbots still in a healthy position at 94-2.

Sudbury captain Batch joined Huggins and the pair added 49 runs to the score, before the latter was caught for 69 at backward point off the bowling of Marlon Dias (1-23).

Matt Pears (23) was next to go as Sudbury stood at 217-4 with four overs remaining, which Batch used to good effect, ending on 88 not out to help close on 253-4.

In reply Hadleigh started the run chase well, but Sudbury found a breakthrough when Billy Moulton-Day (2-16) found the edge of opener Dominic Manthorpe (13).

Jonny Gallagher (1-23) was brought into the attack in place of Moulton-Day, and the change paid immediate dividends when he clean bowled Australian Dain Moreton.

At the other end Dias’ aggressive innings ended on 27 when he was caught off the bowling of James Poulson (1-12), before Batch (2-11) found success with his first ball to remove Tom Piddington (15).

Batch found himself on a hat-trick when he trapped Mark Simmonds for LBW, but Tanner sent his next ball for a boundary.

With the home side reduced to 80-5, Ben Reece (2-17) and Huggins (1-9) both got in on the act as six Sudbury players ended up taking wickets.

Batch caught out Alex Milnes to bring an end to Hadleigh’s innings, as the hosts were bowled all out for just 110 runs.