Sudbury 182 lost to
Burwell 298 by 116 runs
A batting collapse cost Sudbury at home to Burwell, with spin king Ben Hyett’s five wickets a rare highlight of a disappointing display.
Burwell, who had won their last two games, won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first on what looked a good pitch for batting.
The first wicket came through a remarkable piece of fortune as the batsman pulled Sudbury bowler Billy Moulton-Day straight into the shoulder of short leg and the ball ballooned towards Jay Phillips at square leg, where he held on to the catch one handed.
Sudbury did not strike again until Burwell had reached 82 and then it was Jonny Gallagher who had Jeffrey Keyt caught at mid-on by Ben Hyett.
Then came the partnership of the match between Peter Richter and Paul Summerskill where they added 128 before Rory Darkins had the latter stumped for 65.
Richter went on to make 137 in a fine display of stroke making.
From that point things got better for Sudbury as they regularly took wickets through the spin duo of Hyett (5-74) and Darkins (3-50).
Burwell were eventually dismissed for 298.
Sudbury’s innings started positively until Darkins was bowled for 24.
Nathan Poole played aggressively until he was trapped in front for 21.
Jay Phillips was next to go with the score on 72 and Darren Batch did not last long after being caught behind off Kiran Adhav.
Jandre Coetzee struck four boundaries before being another of Adhav’s victims.
Then came a crucial partnership between the in-form Adam Mansfield and Poulson, which was only broken when the latter was harshly adjudged lbw for 38.
This proved a turning point in the game though, as the last five wickets fell for just 14 runs.
Mansfield was the only one who stood firm throughout, finishing on 49no.
Eighth-placed Sudbury gained seven points from the game, but will not be pleased with the manner of the defeat.
Woolpit are the visitors to Friars Street on Saturday (11am) and they will hope for a repeat of their emphatic opening day victory against the league’s new boys.
n The winner’s of the club-run 100 club draw for June are: John Mallett (75); Guy Robins (50); Kath Siegert (25).