Will’s World: Witham spurs seconds on with sixes galore

Sudbury Cricket Club player Will Shropshire gives his latest thoughts on life at Friars Street

WELL it seems that even when the sun shines there is no cricket for some.

Clacton called off the EAPL game on Friday morning (they obviously had heard that W Shropshire was back on the team sheet!) meaning another frustrating Saturday for the first team, who have still not really finished a game in 2012 (the draw against Saffron Walden, first game of the season, was effectively a rain-off).

However, it was a stroke of luck for seconds captain Al Younger, who had four call-offs between Thursday and Saturday morning. Thankfully, the eagerness of some people to play meant filling spots wasn’t too difficult.

With a hot shot team the seconds soon found themselves at 60-4 but the old guard of Siegert, Wooderson and mainly Steve Witham, who hit a 25 ball 68 including seven sixes, saw them to an unattainable 220.

Bury couldn’t handle the long hops of Wooderson while Batch passed 100 league wickets for the club as Al’s team gained the maximum points.

The seconds now sit joint top of Division Three with Long Melford, which bodes well for a great season and a bit of a local challenge – how nice it would be if both were at the top come September 22.

When there are pull-outs late in the day it is usually the third team captain who suffers the most as (and this is in fact not my thoughts) he tends to be at the bottom of the selection chain.

This means that normally Harry has to search the juniors or the elderly or infirm for a player.

This week, with the firsts off, he was able to benefit from a host of picks and got it right with Adam Mansfield, who scored his third century of the season so far, supported by the ever reliable Dave Shropshire.

Adam’s concentration and hard practice is the pivotal factor in his runs this year, especially when the pitches are damp, playing up a little and helping the bowlers.

Adam is one person you won’t find thinking about the view when he is playing cricket, he is totally focused and totally in form at present. Another lad in form is Adam Clark with the ball, four more wickets for him at the weekend as he ripped through St Osyths.

Sunday saw the first team go top of the table, beating last year’s champions, Worlington.

Kenny Moulton Day and the well-rested Hasantha Fernando top scored but it was young James O’Brien who hit a crucial 28no to see them home, a coming of age moment, we hope, for a young man whose determination and work ethic cannot be faulted.

The Sunday seconds just failed against Nowton Academy but Charlie Holt got an early season half-century in the bag and nearly got us home.

So at last almost a full weekend of cricket to discuss and it feels so much better to be talking about performances not precipitation.

This week sees the firsts at Bury and the seconds at home to Coggeshall, while table leaders Sunday firsts host Walsham on Sunday.