Dream start fades away to leave a nightmare ending

UNDER PRESSURE: Sudbury's innings at the crease failed to yield a winning total against Saffron Walden
UNDER PRESSURE: Sudbury's innings at the crease failed to yield a winning total against Saffron Walden
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Saffron Walden 193 beat Sudbury 166 by 27 runs

Sudbury’s fight to stay in the East Anglian Premier League remains out of their hands after a home defeat to Saffron Walden on Saturday.

A 27-run defeat left the Talbots 25 points from safety and therefore needing a win 
batting first in their final match, along with a favour from elsewhere if they are to not drop out of the league next season.

Saffron Walden won the toss on Saturday and decided to bat first on a pitch, which looked like runs might be difficult to come by.

Sudbury had the perfect start when Giles Eccelsone was dismissed in the first over.

Queenslander Glen Batticciotto struck an excellent 49 before Ben Hyett had him caught at cover.

Jonathan Gallagher and Jandre Coetzee then shared the next two wickets to leave Walden 93-4 at the lunch interval.

A further two quick wickets strengthened the hosts’ position before a stand of 52 pushed Walden’s score near the 200-mark.

Sudbury did manage to get all 10 wickets and Walden finished on 193.

A flurry of boundaries from Nathan Poole opened Sudbury’s innings before Jay Phillips was caught and bowled from his first ball at the end of the first over.

Poole was next to go, caught in the gully for 12.

Adam Mansfield and Ben Reece shared a partnership of 60 before two wickets fell on the stroke of tea to leave Sudbury 80-4.

Mansfield (38) and James Poulson were next to go, which brought skipper Darren Batch and Coetzee together with 80 runs still needed.

Coetzee was bowled for 36 and Batch caught down the leg-side for just three.

Sudbury’s tail put up a very good fight but both Gallagher and Andy Simmons were bowled with Sudbury still 28 runs short of their target.

Ben Hyett was not out 12 from 45 balls as Sudbury took six points from the match to their opponent’s 30.

n The latest winners in the Sudbury Cricket Club 100 Club fund-raiser are as follows: £75 Louis Brooks; £50 Phil Halliday and £25 Anne-Marie Shropshire.