WITH Hasantha Fernando now back in his native Sri Lanka to play in their newly formed Premier League competition, Sudbury Cricket Club have moved quickly to cover his absence.
A Sri Lankan Under-19 capped all-rounder, Wilmanga Perera, will take the talisman’s place in the side in a testing game at current league leaders Swardeston on Saturday (11am).
Sudbury players will be hoping rain will not thwart their chances of donning their whites as it did on Saturday, where their home game with Witchingham was postponed before a ball had been hit due to the downpours.
Looking ahead to Saturday though, Batch said it would not be an easy task at Swardeston, but he remained confident they could get some points on the board.
“It is going to be a tough game,” he said. “Obviously we have not got Hasantha as he has gone back to Sri Lanka for one week, maybe two, but we have a replacement through the same agent, Wilmanga Perera, who is also an all-rounder.
“We are now six games unbeaten, so obviously we are taking a lot of confidence from not losing games and we will be looking to pick up as many points as we can.”
Sudbury currently lie seventh in the league, 15 points clear of bottom side Norwich in the sole relegation spot and now just four points short of Halstead’s total of 176 through the whole of last season, which was enough to just keep them up.
Matthew Hunn could be a doubt for the game as he has to travel up to Newcastle to join the Suffolk side in time for the following day’s match against Northumberland, while wicketkeeper Adam Mansfield also played in the county’s last game.
And the inclement weather knocked out the whole of the areas Saturday calendar, with Halstead’s game at Saffron Walden one of those where there were frustrating scenes as the players waited to hear they would not get on the pitch.
They will also be hoping for better weather this weekend, with the first team due to face Horsford at home (11am) while the second and third teams travel to Little Bardfield and Long Melford respectively.
In the Hunts County Bats Sunday League only a handful of games were able to beat the downpours, with Hadleigh losing to Mellis by four wickets in Division Two and in Division Four Subury II beat Bardwell by 78 runs.