AFTER the glut of cricket in Cricket Week some people just can’t get enough and last Thursday five Sudbury players represented Suffolk in a development side game, including spin twins Ben Reece, 22, and Ben Hyett, 19, representing the county at adult level for the first time.
This was followed by full Suffolk call-ups for debutant James Poulson, 17, and reselected Adam Mansfield who is still the best wicketkeeper in Suffolk but selected as 12th man for the full game against Staffordshire.
But it isn’t just the youngsters being noticed, the old boys are getting some limelight too as Colin Walters, Guy Robins and ex-Sudbury player Simon Halliday are all helping the over-50s in their national knockout campaign seeing off Hertfordshire to set up a quarter-final with Hampshire.
To top it off, last weekend some of the most promising Suffolk juniors really showed their character as the seconds beat Coggeshall to go top of the table with just six weeks remaining.
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Holt opened the batting on what can only be described as an unpredictable pitch and dug in for a deserved 15, which was more like a 50 when you consider the winning score was 95-9.
He and James O’Brien, with 20 quick runs, taking singles all round the park and upping the run-rate when needed to almost carry his bat (veterans Andy Simmons and Charlie Thomas finishing the job), made the win possible.
But it wasn’t just his 20 that impressed, James kept and stood up to the wicket for most of the game, including to seamers who were getting some huge movement and lift sometimes above head height (granted not that high for James) and he took every single one, with no byes whatsoever.
When a double-figure total wins the match, extras can be so crucial, and his performance keeping wicket was excellent, faultless and a big part of the team performance.
The thirds maintained their spot at the top of Division Three with another nine-wicket win.
Harry Wright was obviously frustrated at having to find three players at late notice to replace call-offs in the firsts and seconds, but he turned his anger to runs, striking 65 not out to see his team home.
Just four games remain for the thirds and with a host of players back next week the strength in depth at the club has paid dividends the last few weeks.
Sunday’s games were a complete washout although that is hardly fresh news this season while the only disappointment of the weekend came from the firsts who having beaten Bury in the last two league matches they have played went and lost by six wickets on Saturday.
At 130-2 things looked evenly placed but having watched too much of the Olympics the team decided to go running a bit too much as three run outs saw Sudbury all out for 200, Hasantha’s 70 and Darren Batch’s 40 the main contributors.
In reply our usually excellent bowlers, by their own admission, had an “off day” and Bury’s talented line-up made us pay.
Let’s hope all teams are back to sunshine and county standard form next week as the run in closes down.