Will’s World: Sudbury CC’s Will Shropshire rejoices in a royal message for the club

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A ROYAL seal of approval was the talk of the club this week as the Queen sent a letter of congratulations for our 225th anniversary and best wishes for our cricket week.

No doubt a lady of such importance is in the know and will have already heard that at some point during the week of July 23-27 Andrew Hall and Shahid Afridi should be gracing the Friars Street turf.

This combined with a re-instatement of the club’s oldest fixture, ‘The Gentleman of Suffolk’ on the Friday should make for a spectacular week – now all we need is the weather.

Although I doubt whether even sunshine would encourage our Queen to don a grass skirt and come down for Hasantha’s benefit night/end of cricket week Hawaiian-styled party on July 28!

After some frustrating weeks of no games, our juniors finally got some matches under their belts, in fact they have got off to a flyer with the under-15s, under-13s and under-12s all recording really good victories to start the season in style.

Our adults weren’t quite up to a 100 per cent record as over the weekend we suffered one defeat, but four out of five wins was a pretty good way to mark the first weekend of complete fixtures.

The annual Lord’s day out on Friday saw some fine, if messy, preparation for the first team’s 183-run win over rivals Bury St Edmunds.

It was particularly satisfying for Hasantha, who was spurred on to a half-century and six wickets.

The batting of the whole team though was workman-like and effective, the bowling consistently hitting an off stump line and the fielding, up until the last wicket, was immaculate.

Special mention to Billy-Moulton-Day making his Premier League debut after some frustrating injury-hit seasons, he did an effective job opening up, keeping Suffolk’s Tom Huggins nicely quiet for the first 10 overs.

So on to the mechanically efficient seconds, who won against Coggeshall by six wickets. Chris Cook proved competition for places is high with a 49no and the in-form Steve Witham got 30no after veteran Andy Simmons and Matt Pears damaged the opposition beyond repair with the ball.

The thirds suffered their first defeat of the season. Chasing 150, all was well with Louis Brooks smashing the bowling all over the park, but after he fell so too did too many of his comrades as they fell 20 short.

The Sunday firsts won by nine wickets to round off a good weekend for Darren Batch as he fell six short of his first 2012 century, supported well by Al Younger 60no to keep them top of the pile.

But it was the Sunday seconds who really shone, the young guns of Elliot Wooton with 68 and Charlie Ruffell with 36 posting a winning total.

So as we head to the last game of May the first team are just one win away from catching the league leaders, the seconds and Sunday firsts are both top of their leagues and the thirds and Sunday seconds sitting pretty having both won three and lost one. If we can keep up the form of our junior sides it could be a cracking year for both young and old at the club.