Fernando isn’t leaving town yet

GREAT news for Sudbury Cricket Club is that star overseas player Hasantha Fernando hasn’t returned home to Sri Lanka yet and is available for Saturday’s tough match with third-placed Great Witchingham.

It looked as if Fernando had gone out in style as he smashed 139 off 155 balls, with 14 x 4s and four sixes with the rain-affected game at local rivals Halstead.

He had been then due to fly back to Sri Lanka for three weeks to play in the televised Premier League.

But this week captain Darren Blatch said Fernando would not be going until after this weekend as a problem with the licences of Indian players which had affected the start of the event.

Fernando was certainly the pick of the Sudbury batting line up and entertained the crowd with an array of exquisite cricket shots and demonstrating his international star quality.

Blatch is looking forward to the Great Witchingham game at The Pavilion in Sudbury’s Quay Lane.

“It will be a tough test for us against one of the top sides in the league,” said the player who is enjoying his first season as captain.

Saturday’s opponents are a strong batting side as they showed when they chased down Sudbury’s 279 on their own ground. “This time we have home advantage, said Blatch.

The next two weeks give the Talbots the chance to show how they can perform against the best. Next Saturday they travel to league leaders Swardeston. Sudbury are in seventh position, having leap-frogged Halstead.