Weekend round-up: Sudbury thrash rivals Bury in biggest EAPL win and Cornard win at Portman Road

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SUDBURY recorded a 183-run victory over Bury St Edmunds on their rivals’ own turf on Saturday in what was their biggest ever win in the East Anglian Prmeier League.

SUDBURY recorded a 183-run victory over Bury St Edmunds on their rivals’ own turf on Saturday in what was their biggest ever win in the East Anglian Prmeier League.

Sri Lankan overseas professional Hasantha Fernando inspired the Talbots to a famous win at the Victory Ground, hitting 52 from 76 balls as Sudbury posted 248 all out after Bury put them in to bat first.

He then showed his skills with the ball by taking six wickets, only conceding 14 runs in 11.5 overs as Sudbury left Bury stunned as they skittled them out for 65.

Peter Sigert also shone for Sudbury, hitting 33, while captain Darren Batch hit 22 and Jonny Gallagher (two) and Ben Reece (one) took the other wickets.

The result, only Sudbury’s first fully completed EAPL match after five scheduled games, puts them fifth and within sight of leaders Vauxhall Mallards (nine points), who they host at Friars Street on Saturday.

It was a great weekend of cricket for Sudbury as their seconds team and Sunday sides all basked in victories.

Meanwhile, Halstead lost by six wickets at Norfolk-based leaders Mallards, as the Essex’s side were bowled all out for just 50 in 25.1 overs.

Captain Tom Philip (15) and Freddie Blackwell (17) were the only players to get into double figures.

On Friday, Great Cornard Middle School capped off an historic season by lifting the English Schools Football Association Small School Trophy at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road.

The Cornard youngsters, cheered on by the school and their parents from the Cobbold stand, against north east side Seaton Burn, won the cup 1-0 with Jack Housden scoring just before half-time.

* 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.