Victory at last for Sudbury

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Sudbury 210-9 beat Cambridge Granta 87-9 by 123 runs

GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 210-9 beat Cambridge Granta 87-9 by 123 runs

HAVING not tasted victory since June 30, Sudbury’s win against last year’s EAPL champions Cambridge Granta on Saturday came as welcome relief for skipper Darren Batch and his team.

Batch won the toss and made what seemed a strange decision at the time to bat first on a pitch that was damp and which would offer much assistance to the bowlers.

It seemed even stranger as the home side slipped to 0-2 and eventually 55-5, with only Hasantha Fernando showing any determination to survive the early tricky batting conditions, making 30 before he was caught behind.

With the first five wickets accounted for, Batch was joined by youngster Nathan Poole and slowly they began the fightback.

They reached lunch with no further loss, passing the hundred-mark.

The pair were only five runs short of a century stand when Poole’s defences were breached.

Batch continued his innings with partners coming and going with regularity, until tail-ender Jonathan Gallagher stuck around long enough for Sudbury to pass 200.

Gallagher’s patience ran out shortly after the milestone was reached and he attempted a swipe across the line, top edging to a grateful fielder.

Ben Hyett supported Batch (79no) until the innings closed at 210-9.

It was always going to be a very tough task for the visitors on a pitch that was deteriorating. Gallagher made the breakthrough with one that came back sharply to bowl Cowan.

The next ball saw a mix-up and James Poulson complete a routine run-out.

Hyett collected the prized wickets of Park and Fullarton, the former being lured into a big shot before the latter was deceived in flight driving straight to Ben Reece in the ring.

Poulson came on and devastated the middle-order taking three wickets for just two runs to leave Granta in big trouble.

With their wicketkeeper nursing a damaged finger and opting not to bat, Reece completed the rout by removing Hill, caught by Peter Siegert.

* Sudbury picked up the Miles Radcliffe Memorial Trophy in a match that went right to the wire.

Matt Griffith (99), Paul Harris (76) and Nathan Poole (50) helped Sudbury to 302-7, which was one run too many for Hockley.