Trinidad’s Hosein set to make Talbots debut on Saturday

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Trinidad and Tobago international Akeal Hosein will make his debut for Sudbury cricket this weekend against Halstead as they aim to keep up their title challenge.

A comfortable 143-run victory at Hadleigh, coupled with nearest rivals Mildenhall’s match not going ahead, saw the Talbots extend their lead at the top of Two Counties Championship Division One to 14 points.

And ahead of a local derby with Halstead on Saturday (1pm), Sudbury captain Darren Batch is looking forward to seeing their new arrival in action.

“We’ll be boosted by the arrival of Akeal, who will definitely be strengthening our bowling and batting,” he said. “He arrives on Friday and will come in for Ben Hyett.”

Hosein comes to Friars Street as an overseas player-coach for the rest of the season, having just finished the Caribbean Premier League season with runners-up Barbados Tridents.

Since their surprise home defeat to Mistley at the end of last month, Sudbury have been in excellent form to win their last four games.

“It was a really good performance at Hadleigh,” Batch said. “Everyone contributed and it backs up what I said before at the start of the season; that we’re not just reliant on one or two players.”

Batch will be looking to end Sudbury’s Cricket Week on a high with victory over Halstead, following the disappointment of the Taverners game on Sunday falling foul of the weather.

But Saturday’s opponents Halstead visit the leaders hoping to cause an upset, having run the Talbots close in the reverse fixture back in May.

“If we bowl like we did in the first game against them it will give us every opportunity of knuckling down with the bat,” Halstead captain Josh Wells said.