A VERY busy seven days at the club this week, although the washout on Sunday meant most of us watched boats trawling up the Thames on our televisions.
The commentators took great pains to tell us viewers that they would be travelling at no more than four knots and any boats going faster would be ‘reined in’ – unfortunately for us it was a weekend of ‘reining in’ as our seconds lost for the first time this year.
In the much-anticipated local clash of the top two in Division Three it was our neighbours Melford who claimed bragging rights, beating the previously unstoppable second team, although some of the Melford comments on social networking sites would probably have been better reined in than splashed out for all to see.
It was a game that lived up to expectations with three ex-Sudbury players battling against old team-mates. The match went right down to the last over, the last wicket.
With tensions rising, it must have been a great finale for the crowds, who make use of the free entry to watch cricket from the banks of Friars Street and shows that these two teams will probably take the title chase down to the wire.
For the club it was great to get the second team some attention. So often when first teams are in the EAPL, the other teams simply become a background act, but not at Sudbury, all teams get their share of limelight and it was seconds’ result that everyone wanted to know first on Saturday.
The highlight of the game from a Sudbury point of view was a second half-century in a row for new man Ben Taylor; he is proving to be a valuable asset.
Talking of limelight, the club raised our well-renowned profile for junior cricket a little more on May 29 when we hosted an Asda Kwik Cricket tournament for local schools (see Page 60) and even more pleasing for us was the numerous children who had their first taste of a cricket match.
This sort of competition is vital for getting youngsters interested in the game and hats off to the junior section for organising it.
On the same theme our Kwik Cricket teams last weekend had some good victories in their club wide tournament as Martyn Waterfall continues to get our youngest competitors into winning ways.
Other results from this week saw our thirds crack 249-5 against Stowmarket, and new boy Matt Hills toe-ending a catch on 99 — he had obviously forgotten his wallet or heard that the first 100 for the club is a double jug!
Also on Saturday, the first team earned a hard-fought draw at Great Witchingham. With Norfolk’s top three all playing for the home side and a 7.30am leave, bowling first in the sunshine wasn’t everyone’s idea of an ideal day. But the firsts showed some grit and perhaps some learned experience in their second year of Premier League cricket to carve out a draw after Witchingham had looked supreme with the bat and posted nearly 300.
The game also saw the debut of Ugandan international Clive Kyangungu (Ugandan Clive to us). His quick off-spinners look like a useful addition to the club but it was his charisma that took my attention, especially after being told to bat out for a draw and then hitting his third ball out of the ground for six – great bravado and great fun.