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Batch calls for response ahead of local derby

RALLYING CALL: Sudbury skipper Darren Batch
RALLYING CALL: Sudbury skipper Darren Batch

Darren Batch has called upon his Sudbury side to show that they are good players when they host local rivals Bury St Edmunds on Saturday (11am).

The Friars Street-based outfit go into the East Anglian Premier Cricket League clash on the back of a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Vauxhall Mallards last weekend.

Just two Sudbury players, one of which was Batch, reached double figures with the bat as the team was bowled out for only 80 runs inside 32 overs.

With bragging rights as well as crucial points at stake, Batch could be forgiven for wanting a more run-of-the-mill fixture instead of a derby to contend with next.

However, the Sudbury skipper believes that playing host to their neighbours from down the A134 provides his men with the perfect chance to bounce back.

“This is a big game and one that you should want to play in,” he said.

“It is why we were all so desperate to get promotion, for occasions like this one.

“It is an exciting match and one that gives us a great opportunity to bounce back.

“We have plenty to learn from the Mallards game and now we must show that we have done that.

“It was a poor all-round performance, but that can happen and we must not dwell on it. There are some very talented players in our squad and now we have to show that against Bury.”

The upcoming encounter pits a number of Suffolk team-mates against each other, while Sudbury’s Tom Huggins and Adam Mansfield have both previously pulled on the whites for Bury.

Yet, while both teams will be gunning for victory, Batch does not expect to see anything other than friendly rivalry.

“There will not be any nastiness, I can guarantee that much,” he added.

“We are all good friends and enjoy each other’s company.

“Even so, it would be great to get one over on them and get maximum points.

“Not only does it give us the bragging rights, but it will also boost confidence levels.”

Sudbury go into the encounter with just one victory to their name this season, which came against Woolpit at the start of the month.

n Meanwhile, players from both Sudbury and Bury will be in action for Suffolk when they take on Hertfordshire this Sunday.

It is the final Unicorns Knock-out Trophy group game for the Suffolk side, who have nothing but pride to play for at Bury’s Victory Ground (11am).

“We’ll approach Sunday’s game like any other game. We are looking for our first win this season and we are getting stronger each week,” said skipper Tom Huggins.

“We just need to put it all together now and perform as a unit better.”

Suffolk squad: Tom Huggins (capt), Martyn Cull, Ben Parker, Darren Batch, Michael Comber, Jack Beaumont, Tom Rash, Adam Mansfield (wkt), Meryn Westfield, Matt Wareing, Ben Reece, Nathan Poole, Mark Nunn.

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