Will’s World: Will Shropshire looks back at Sudbury’s successful cricket week

I HOPE you enjoyed Cricket Week 2012. General consensus is that it has been one of the best, if not the best Cricket Week since we started them nearly 30 years ago.

Such an event needs help from so many people and there are more thank yous to be made than a Gwyneth Paltrow Oscar speech.

To sum up though, thank you to chairman Roger Troughton, vice-chairman Louis Brooks and president Ted Clarkson for their sterling efforts. Thank you to treasurer John Mallett who has had thousands of communications and dealt with the constant money in and out tremendously well, and thank you to Darren Batch and Adam Mansfield for a fantastic benefit evening in aid of Hasantha Fernando on Saturday.

Outside of the club, thank you to Robins Row Insurance Brokers for their continued support of Cricket Week and to all the companies, clubs, vice-presidents and people who purchased tables or places for lunch in the marquee.

Thank you to all our visiting teams, Ian Yeldham and Andrew Fitch-Holland in particular for bringing Test players to Friars Street on Wednesday and to all the Sudbury players for making some compelling matches. Lastly to anyone who came down and joined in, thank you.

It is hard to know where to start summing it all up, probably for me Saturday makes most sense.

Jonathan Phillips became only the third player for Sudbury to score a century in the East Anglian Premier League with a sumptuous 101 at home to Clacton.

It was the bedrock of a big total of 308 and defeat seemed improbable, but Essex’s Michael Comber blitzed 160 in just 96 balls to win an outstanding game of cricket and spoil the party.

The overhanging trees at the priory wall caused drama at the end, unfortunately the rule is not in our favour and the game was lost. It was the third time that week that 300 or more had been scored by both teams and shows just how good a job David Oakes continues to do in the wettest summer for three generations.

Elsewhere this week Nathan Poole and Kenny Moulton-Day both struck very mature hundreds and James Poulson fell six short of his century smashing his comrades around on Wednesday.

There was the champagne moment when two ringers, aka Louis Brooks and me, turned out for the opposition, but Louis, ever faithful to the Talbots, ran me out in a comical mix-up much to the crowd’s amusement.

The auction on Saturday saw some bargains being dispatched by auctioneer extraordinaire Guy Robins, the Andrew Strauss signed montage, just one of five ever made, going for just over £100 — no doubt David Dickinson would be turning orange at the thought of that bargain.

On Saturday Mathew Wooderson took another five wickets against Bury as the seconds climbed to second in the table just shy of neighbours Long Melford and the thirds thrashed St Osyths to go top of Division Seven.

The Sunday teams I think were a little exhausted after the ninth day of continuous cricket. Both fell off top perch in their respective leagues with losses but with the season drawing ever near its finale, while we maintain top two status in four out of five leagues we will always be in with a shout of some titles.

One thing to watch out for, next week on August 6 and 7 Suffolk Under-17s are playing at Friars Street. The chance to see some future cricket stars in action should not be missed, therefore if you have a few minutes pop down for the ever free entry and enjoy the sound of leather on willow, after all in seven weeks time it will be all gone for another six months.