Batsmen hold key to derby success

Sudbury Cricket Club skipper Darren Batch is looking for a hat-trick on Saturday in the crucial bottom of the table game at Bury St Edmunds (11am).

Sudbury have won their East Anglian Premier League fixtures at the Victory Ground in the last two seasons, and Batch wants to make it three out of three to lift the Talbots up the table.

Bury, who won for the first time this season last week, beating Copdock and OI by 92 runs, are bottom on 126 points. Sudbury, beaten by six wickets at home to Swardeston last week, are one place higher on 151 points.

“It’s a crucial game in more ways than one,” said Batch. “It’s a local derby and a bottom of the table battle.”

Sudbury scored just 105 runs last week as they continued to struggle at home. “It just wasn’t good enough,” said Batch.

“We have spoken about what we need to do, and hopefully the batsmen will find their form again.

“I wish I could put my finger on why we struggle at home. It’s a slow and low pitch, but it’s the same for both sides.”

Jonny Gallagher, unavailable last week, is back in contention, giving Batch a full strength squad to select from.