Coetzee returns to boost Talbots

Sudbury’s confident start to the East Anglian Premier League season has been further boosted by the return of South African star Jandre Coetzee.

The medium left-arm bowler arrived in the UK on Tuesday night, back for his third spell as overseas professional with the Talbots.

Coetzee will be in the side for the challenging fixture at champions Swardeston on Saturday.

“Having him back is great,” said skipper Darren Batch. “It’s a huge confidence boost for everyone. We know just what he can do on the field.”

Sudbury have made a fine start to the season, overwhelming newcomers Woolpit on the opening day and then battling to a general draw at home to Vauxhall Mallards, last season’s runners-up.

Batch was disappointed that Mallards failed to set a challenging target.

“If they had left us needing just over 200 in 50 overs we would probably have gone for it,” he said. “Chasing more than 250 in just 43 overs meant we had no choice. Going for a run a ball would have been suicide.”

Batch praised his bowlers, particularly Ben Hyett, who took four wickets for 64 in 15 overs against a potent batting side.