Sudbury 270-9 beat
by one wicket
Sudbury kept hold of their lead at the top of Division One after edging out local rivals Halstead in a thrilling contest at Friars Street on Saturday.
Halstead captain Josh Wells won the toss and chose to bat first, with the in-form Charlie Douglas-Hughes opening alongside Ollie Grayson.
A tight spell from Sudbury bowlers Tom Huggins and Billy Moulton-Day saw the first 10 overs go for 24 runs, with the introduction of Jonny Gallagher finding a breakthrough.
Grayson (nine) was caught behind, bringing Wells to the crease who continued Halstead’s positive approach against the Sudbury attack.
Gallagher had Wells caught but had overstepped the mark, with that no ball proving costly as the Halstead skipper amassed 136 runs from just 89 deliveries.
Douglas-Hughes was stumped off Sudbury debutant Akeal Hosein for 55, to bring an end to Halstead’s second wicket partnership of 94.
Huggins (2-46) found success to remove Mark Johnson (one) and Wajahat Bukhari (one), with Moulton-Day (2-33) dismissing both Chris Rayner (one) and Harry Veal (13).
Dylan Verreynne finished on an unbeaten 23 as Halstead closed on an impressive 266-7.
Sudbury’s reply started shakily after opener Nathan Poole was run out for just two, but Huggins fought back for the home side with a flourish of boundaries.
A second wicket partnership of 56 ended when Adam Mansfield (11) was snared by Veal, before Huggins was run out for 56 following a mix-up with Hosein.
Matt Pears was bowled by Veal for a duck as Sudbury slipped from 72-1 to 79-4, however Hosein steadied the ship.
After a 64-run partnership with Darren Batch (24) was ended with the captain’s dismissal, Hosein and Ben Reece put together a match-winning stand of 89 to take the Talbots to 232-5.
Hosein left for an excellent 78 to put Sudbury back in the driving seat, before the quick wickets of James Poulson (four) and Kenny Moulton-Day (seven) saw the momentum swing once again.
Reece (70 not out) held his nerve to hit a boundary and clinch a memorable victory for the leaders.
n A half century from Ian Pont (50) helped Halstead II (172-9) see off Abberton and District (156) by 16 runs.