Mansfield is the man for Talbots




Clacton-on-Sea 257-5 lost to Sudbury 261-5

by five wickets

An unbeaten century from Adam Mansfield guided Sudbury to their first win since the opening day of the season.

Having been sent into the field, Sudbury put down two early chances of catches.

This set the tone for the innings with Sudbury dropping a total of six easy chances, although Jandre Coetzee did finally make the breakthrough.

Fifties were made by Rajarte and Hughes for the home side, with contributions from Comber (32), Warne (44no) and Barrie (29), which boosted Clacton to 257-5 before they declared after 64 overs.

Skipper Darren Batch was economical without taking a wicket, Coetzee toiled to 1-71 from 18 overs and there was a wicket for Nathan Poole.

The star of the bowling performance though was Ben Hyett, who finished with 2-54 from 18 overs.

Sudbury made a disastrous start to their reply when Jay Phillips ran out opening partner Rory Darkins before edging to slip to leave Sudbury 2-2.

Poole and Batch also fell to leave Sudbury reeling at 16-4.

However, the game took a dramatic change in direction as Mansfield arrived at the crease.

He and James Poulson put together a 50-run partnership before Poulson edged to the wicketkeeper for 29.

Mansfield (124no) was joined by Coetzee (87no) and the pair proceeded to strike an unbroken partnership of 184 runs.

The pair dispatched all that Clacton threw at them, racing to their target with nearly eight overs to spare.