Desperate Sudbury fall short in bid for a much-needed triumph

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Great Witchingham 266-4 beat Sudbury 260-9

by six wickets

A last-wicket partnership of 73 saw Sudbury set a challenging total in Norfolk on Saturday, but it was not enough to beat Great Witchingham.

Sudbury, desperately in need of victory to boost their slender survival hopes, made a solid start as Jay Phillips and Nathan Poole started positively with a partnership of 53, before Poole was adjudged lbw for 32.

Sudbury slumped to 83-6 after Phillips and Ben Reece also fell lbw for 10 and 18 respectively, the bowling of James Spelman too much for the batsmen.

South African Jandre Coetzee steered the ship back on course and was well supported by debutants Charlie Holt and James O’Brien as he made a magnificent 115 from 121 

Coetzee played some explosive shots through the off side, but also showed his true talent, playing crafty sweeps and paddles to keep the Witchingham fielders guessing.

A last-wicket partnership of 73 with Ben Hyett (27) gave Sudbury a very respectable total of 260 from 66 overs, with Coetzee bowled on the last ball.

Great Witchingham’s reply started well for Sudbury, Coetzee taking the wicket 
of Spelman on the first ball 
of the innings, caught be-
hind by skipper Adam Mansfield.

Sam Arthurton and James Hale consolidated before Hale was bowled by James Poulson, the batsman playing across a straight one.

Veteran Carl Rogers came to the crease and picked up the run rate and put on 101 with Arthurton, a partnership which pushed Sudbury back and made Witchingham feel they could win the game.

Rogers was superbly run out by Ben Reece on 39, when the score was 127, with a direct hit from mid-on.

Captain Tom Collishaw came to crease and hit his way to 47 from 39 balls before being stumped by Mansfield, having put on another 100-plus partnership with Arthurton, the score on 251.

Arthurton reached his century during the 39th over and then hit a six to reach 150 and finish the game on 266-3 in the 51st over.

Best bowlers for Sudbury were Hyett 1-30, Poulson 1-45 and Coetzee 1-65.