Bleak batting display sees Sudbury suffer heavy loss
Sudbury 80 lost to
Vauxhall Mallards 81-3 by seven wickets
Darren Batch’s Sudbury slumped to a heavy defeat at the hands of travelling Vauxhall Mallards on Saturday afternoon.
Just two home batsmen reached double figures, while the extras column was their third highest contributor.
Sudbury lost the toss on a pitch which looked like it would offer some assistance to the seam bowlers, and as a result the Mallards elected to bowl first.
The hosts quickly lost opener Tom Huggins for a duck when Paul Bradshaw induced the edge in the third over of the day.
Batch and Nathan Poole steadily built a good partnership of 46 against some very testing bowling, with Poole dealing especially well with a hostile spell from Adam Todd.
However, soon after, Batch (23) top edged an attempted pull shot off Bradshaw and was caught comfortably at square leg to depart with the score at 50.
From that point onwards, wickets tumbled for the home side in dramatic fashion,
Poole was the next man out, guiding a short ball to third slip from Todd.
It was a mixture of good bowling and poor shot selection that contributed to the collapse and it ensured that Brett Stolworthy was the main benefactor from the carnage.
He picked up six wickets for six runs with none of the batsmen showing the necessary skill or determination required to withstand the onslaught.
Sudbury were eventually bundled out for just 80 runs shortly before lunch.
In reply, Mallards got off to a strong start as Mitchell Todd drove with authority off the back and front foot, although not before he benefitted from a simple drop at point off the bowling of James Poulson.
The one bright note of the day for Sudbury was the bowling of Dustin Melton, who ran in with good pace and accuracy, troubling the Mallards batsmen on regular occasions.
The first wicket fell on 53 when Batch induced a top-edged pull shot from Troy Allen and Melton struck next, taking an excellent low caught and bowled chance to remove Todd.
Chris Lewis held onto a miscued pull shot off the bowling of Jonny Gallagher, but all was in vain as Devon Conway and Luke Caswell took Mallards across the finish line with seven wickets to spare.
Sudbury picked up just a solitary point from the day, while the visitors took away a hefty 25 to show for their domination.
This means that Sudbury have dropped down to seventh in the table.
With just one victory to their name since the start of the season, they will hope to improve this weekend when they host local rivals Bury St Edmunds (fifth) at Friars Street (11am).