Mark Warbrook Column: Memorable weekend for Sudbury

Sudbury V Frinton Cricket. Sudbury batsman Darren Batch in action. ANL-160307-193623009
Sudbury V Frinton Cricket. Sudbury batsman Darren Batch in action. ANL-160307-193623009

For the players and supporters watching live Talbot action this weekend it will go down as one of the most memorable.

Let’s start with the second team who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

A very young second team took to the field at Friars Street and ended up with a one-run victory, and credit to Coggeshall who played their part in a very sporting match.

Keelan Waldock is blossoming into a fine player for Sudbury as he carried his bat for 84 at the top of the innings, and Will Shropshire is on fire, after his century last week, hitting 66 runs.

In reply, Coggeshall batted well at the top reaching 180-1. The crowd then witnessed some great drama.

Matt Griffith (two) and Ben Hyett (three) got into the wickets and brought Sudbury back into the game.

With Coggeshall needing 35 off five, enter Stuart Whitehart. In the penultimate over keeper Shropshire let one through to hit his helmet so gave away five penalty runs.

Whitehart was then edged for six. So from seven an over down to two runs needed from the last over, three wickets in hand! Whitehart then bowled two dots, took two wickets and ran out the number 11 to take three wickets in three balls and Sudbury won by one run.

A triple-wicket maiden, and ironically Guy Robins had to buy the entire clubhouse a drink having stated he would do so if Sudbury managed to win from the last over.

The previous night the ladies team ended their season at home to West Bergholt.

Chasing 133 for 4 they were 86 for 3 at the end. It was great to see Lucy Amos the leading wicket taker this week with three, and Ali Teixeira in the form of her life with another 25 not out.

This leads to the first team and Saturday showed just how far they have come this season, as Dustin Melton had the champions in meltdown.

A devastating early spell landed him with figures of 6-9 and the champions were 22-7, but up stepped Joe Gatting.

The scoreboard is one of the most bizarre I have ever seen in cricket. 161 all out in 22 overs with Gatting hitting 118 in 56 balls. The next highest score was 12.

In the reduced over match it went down to the wire. Ben Reece hit 39 in 39 balls and James O’Brien batted superbly to almost get us over the line, scoring 34.

It was down to Melton in the end. Steering Sudbury to require four to win at the death, he got hold of one that was sailing for six but picked out the tallest fielder who just plucked it out of the air, but the lads did the club proud.

There was also a cracking game at Lavenham. Sudbury’s third team posted a good 195-8, with Willie Amos (63) and Chris Cook (76) having remarkable seasons at the top of the order.

Dan Fisher was back in the side and got two wickets, and Macca also got two, but Woolpit III completed the run chase with four balls to spare.

Sunday brought a lovely game at Friars Street. A friendly against Milden saw Sudbury score 224, with O’Brien (92) the pick of the batsmen.

Great opening bowling from Dan Sorborg and Alex Siergert kept it tight, and Alex Quinn and Lewis Gawne then took wickets to mop things up.