THE reigning national Twenty/20 champions travel to Friars Street Saturday (11am) but Sudbury’s Darren Batch has said his players have nothing to fear from Swardeston.
The Talbots’ debut East Anglian Premier League campaign currently reads played two lost two, but a high-scoring defeat, with Sudbury earning 12 points at Great Witchingham, has given them heart.
Sudbury put on 269 from their 66 overs, including a 140 not out from captain Batch, but it was not quite enough against a strong Witchingham batting line-up, who took the game down to the last over, with six wickets in hand, to surpass the total.
“Ultimately it is disappointing to lose again but if we can take 12 points from every game we will not be in trouble at the end of the season,” said Batch, whose side are currently 10 points above Cambridge Granta in the one relegation spot in the embryonic league table.
“It is important we keep picking up points and it is just a shame we missed out on the three points for a draw,” added Batch.
Sudbury face Swardeston at home on Saturday with their skipper confident they can spring a surprise.
“They are going to be a strong side but it is a side we have never played before and they have never been to our ground, so there is nothing to fear.
“We just have to go out and play as well as we can and bat like we did last week and put pressure on their bowlers,” he said.
Impressive teenager Matthew Hunn is unavailable (school team commitments) but experienced Andy Simmons will step in to the bowling line-up, while all-rounder Craig Smith (hamstring) is still at least a week away from a return.
Halstead, after beating Sudbury on the opening day, suffered a heavy defeat at home to Saffron Walden, who, batting first, managed a 175-run victory after running up 254.
Captain Tom Philp was left less than impressed with his side’s batting performance, after only managing 79 all out in 35.4 overs.
“We did not bat terribly well to say the least,” he said. “The pitch did not have any demons in it and it was our own fault, it was pretty poor.”
Halstead travel to Horsford on Saturday (11am) hoping to halt a disappointing run of results at their Norfolk ground.
Philp said: “We have to put on a big performance and turn it around a bit,
“It is quite a big fixture for us as we do not usually do very well up there and it is a long way to travel and they are a well drilled side.”
Opening batsman Freddie Blackwell is unavailable through work commitments while Mark Johnson is doubtful with a knee injury.