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Huggins’ huge knock steers Sudbury to opening day win


Sudbury 373-5 beat

Maldon 156

by 217 runs

A monumental total of 180 from Tom Huggins helped Sudbury get the new season off in style with a 217-run victory away at Maldon.

Sudbury won the toss and chose to bat first on an excellent early-season pitch. Opening pair of Huggins and Nathan Poole both got off to shaky starts, Huggins with a play and miss, Poole with an edge behind that was spilled by the wicketkeeper.

But from that moment on neither batsmen looked back. Huggins in particular was in sublime form, dispatching anything off line to the boundary.

Poole happy to play a supporting role also had moments of fluency. At the halfway stage the pair had moved the score onto 131-0 and Sudbury were in an excellent position to push on in the second half of the innings. Huggins reached his century from 102 balls before eventually reaching his impressive total from just 137 balls, hitting 21 fours and 8 sixes.

Ben Reece was moved up the order to capitalise on the excellent opening stand and the boundaries continued to flow, with Poole nudging himself to a first league hundred.

Late wickets of James Poulson, Kenny. Moulton-Day and Darren Batch were sacrificed in the pursuit of more runs while at the other end Reece peppered the boundary to finish unbeaten on 66 from just 35 balls. Sudbury ended on an eye watering 373-5 from their 50 overs.

Maldon were always going to struggle in the face of such a total and the loss of their Australian import early on to the bowling of Billy Moulton-Day compounded their misery.

Moulton-Day bowled with hostility and was unlucky to only finish with three wickets. Off spinner Ben Hyett was the star of the bowling display, inducing false strokes from all batsmen he bagged himself figures of 5-43 from his 10 overs as Maldon limped to 156 all out.

They will hope to build on momentum against newly promoted Elmstead Grasshoppers on Saturday.

n Sudbury II sealed a hard-fought 10-run win over Kelvedon and Feering in their Division Two opener.

Will Shropshire (59), Jonathan Phillips (28) and Jack Backler (44) helped steer Sudbury to a total of 199 while Backler (4-58) and Simmons (4-55) did the damage with the ball to dissmiss the visitors for 189.

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