MOMENTOUS moments can change games, seasons and fortunes and this weekend was full of such moments.
Thursday at Lord’s was one of those.
In the company of the chairman of the MCC, we lunched with the governor of the Bank of England, the chairman of the Olympic Development Authority, a Duke and an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and playwrite.
The main topic of conversation was the famous SCC blazer I braved for the day, the gold, bottle green and maroon stripes taking everyone’s eye and a momentous moment for the Sudbury Colours.
They are all now in no doubt where Sudbury is on the map and hopefully didn’t cloud Sir Mervyn King’s judgement as he helps keep the economy on track.
On the pitch, the first team’s routine run chase against Great Witchingham seemed all but a formality.
Then a bizarre moment of play saw Pete Siegert dropped, Jay Phillips wandering up the wicket to provide some wise words to Pete and the offending fielder throw down Phillips’ stumps.
Confusion reined, no-one was really sure what had happened, Phillips thinking the ball was dead saw no reason to stay in the crease, the Witchingham players insisted the ball was still live, the umpires agreed.
It shouldn’t affect the other batsmen, but I think it probably did as 37-0 became 105 all out, including three ducks.
Sunday saw the flip side of momentous moments, James O’Brien with a maiden adult century at the age of 15.
Momentous moments are about to happen for Harry Wright’s third XI.
Stand-in skipper for a second week running, Phil Halliday, led the thirds to another 20-point victory, meaning they definitely now only need six points to gain promotion into Division Six (I failed last week’s maths test!).
Adam Clark took five wickets for just three runs, as Stowmarket struggled to 64.
The second team are still joint top with four games left, but with Melford performing the double over Al Younger’s side in a run-feast on Saturday, it now means just nine points separate top and third.
Matthew Wooderson took his fourth five-wicket haul in as many games – I can’t remember anyone ever having done that in my 18 years at Sudbury.
One person who has been there for longer than me and may remember such feats is Matt Pears and his class showed through he struck 125 in just 116 balls to get the seconds so close to victory.
Al Younger is striving to be only the second captain to gain promotion every year he has skippered the seconds, the other being Anthony Chapman.