Weekend round-up: Resilient batting display earns Sudbury draw while Halstead thrashed by Bury

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SUDBURY earned a credible general draw with fancied Horsford at Friars Street while Halstead’s woes deepened at home to Bury in a 148-run defeat, cutting them 33 points adrift at the bottom of the East Anglian Premier League.

Seventh-placed Sudbury lost the toss which saw Horsford elect to bat and make 251-7 before delcaring after 62 overs with Talbots’ skipper Darren Batch taking three wickets. Hasantha Fernando and Ben Hyett took two wickets apiece.

But a stubborn batting performance saw Sudbury earn a draw to follow up last week’s execellent win against Cambridge Granta.

Jay Phillips was again the hero at the crease, lasting 126 balls and hitting 44 runs as Sudbury made 138-8 from their overs, coming two wickets away from defeat.

At Star Stile, Bury St Edmunds recorded an emphatic victory inspired by their captain Tom Huggins, who hit 149no off 159 balls, declaring at 314-1 after 56 overs.

Bottom side Halstead were then bowled out for 166 as they went down to a heavy defeat to the side one place above them in the table.

* FOR a full round-up of local sports results, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.