Weather holds for festival of cricket

READY FOR THE OFF: Sudbury cricketers line up at the start of the club's Cricket Week, which featured a match against Old Grammarians
READY FOR THE OFF: Sudbury cricketers line up at the start of the club's Cricket Week, which featured a match against Old Grammarians

SUDBURY Cricket Club’s annual Cricket Week got off to a flying start, with excellent weather and a packed marquee at Friars Street for the first three days. The good weather also had spectators lining the banks around the ground.

The main attraction yesterday was former Indian Test cricket Wasim Jaffer, who was making an appearance for the Bantham Exiles. He took the place of Shahid Afridi, the Pakistan Test star having to pull out because of a clash of dates.

Jaffer played 31 Tests for India, scoring centuries against Pakistan, England, the West Indies and South Africa, his maiden Test century coming against England at Nagpur in March 2006.

Sudbury started the week with defeats against Old Grammarians on Monday, and Kingsclere on Tuesday.

Sudbury vice-chairman Louis Brooks, enjoying a week off, turned out for the opposition on Tuesday, scoring 47, including three sixes in one over.

Cricket Week continues with the visit of Olicanian Striders today. The Gents of Suffolk provide the final opposition tomorrow, with Sudbury returning to East Anglian Premier League action on Saturday with a home match against Clacton-on-Sea (11am).