Talbots will not fear Tendulkar conqueror

CLEVER RUN: Rory Darkins, who is available for the Copdock game on Saturday, glances the ball down leg side against Bury St Edmunds
CLEVER RUN: Rory Darkins, who is available for the Copdock game on Saturday, glances the ball down leg side against Bury St Edmunds

Sudbury’s under-fire batsmen will have no fear when facing a player who took the wicket of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on his Test debut for Australia.

That is the view of Talbots’ skipper Darren Batch ahead of coming up against the East Anglian Premier League’s box office summer signing.

Sudbury travel to last season’s sixth-placed side Copdock and Old Ipswichian on Saturday (11am) with Batch insisting his side are ready to rise to the challenge of facing 26-year-old Peter George.

The right-arm fast bowler, who has one Test cap to his name in 2010 against India, already tops the league’s bowling figures with figures of 65.5-11-233-18 (average 12.94, best figures of 5-54).

“It will be tough,” Batch said following Saturday’s lucky escape against rivals Bury St Edmunds, with the rain helping Sudbury take a draw from what looked like heading for a defeat. “They have Peter George, but that is why we want to play in this league, to play against these players.

“We took promotion two years ago because we made a decision we want to play against the best teams and the best cricket we can.

“Instead of worrying about these players, we enjoy playing against them and testing ourselves against them.”

Sudbury travel to Copdock in what is another Suffolk derby with the teams having not met since a dramatic tie in Sudbury’s promotion year of 2010.

Copdock go into the match in fourth in the early table, with three of their four games ending in draws so far, with Sudbury’s draw on Saturday leaving them fourth-bottom.

Ben Reece’s century for the seconds may see him recalled to the first team to add some extra firepower after their batting again proved their problem area on Saturday.