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Mark Warbrook cricket column: Great knocks keep us entertained

MBFP-06-08-2016-025 Bury v Sudbury Cricket Adam Mansfield goes on attack for Sudbury. Bury Free Press 06.08.2016 ANL-160808-162009005
MBFP-06-08-2016-025 Bury v Sudbury Cricket Adam Mansfield goes on attack for Sudbury. Bury Free Press 06.08.2016 ANL-160808-162009005

It was great to see two centurions at Sudbury this weekend. It was a shame they were not both on winning teams, but some great batting entertained all.

On Saturday William Shropshire kept going with his fine form since returning from injury.

He carried his bat to score 132.

He was very much the anchor man, but the rest of the lads, other than Ben Hyatt, didn’t really trouble the scorers, so a total of 204 was probably a bit under par against Little Bardfield.

They batted well to get the target for only two wickets down.

The Seconds remain third and in touching distance of the leaders. Matty G’s boys will have a go again this week for sure.

Nathan Poole hit an unbeaten 149 as the Sunday first team completed the double over Walsham-le-Willows, winning by 60 runs, Sudbury scoring 299.

Dustin Melton capped off a good weekend by scoring 50 runs.

Alec Siegert was the pick of the bowlers, taking two wickets as Walsham were 250-5 in reply.

Well done chaps.

Saturday’s other matches saw a win and a draw.

Andrew Simmons keeps adding to those wicket-taking stats, taking six for 11 against Halstead III. Dan Fisher and Alec Siegert also bowled well.

Chris Cook hit 69 not out and Harry Wright 23 not out as Sudbury chased down the 118 required for the loss of only one wicket to push the Thirds up to fourth in the table.

On Saturday, the first team showed some real grit and determination and just would not be beaten at Bury St Edmunds.

Sudbury, losing the toss, bowled Bury out for 213. Melton was again in the wickets with three. Ben Reece also took three and Tom Huggins two.

In reply, at 50-5 at tea it didn’t look good. But then Al Younger and Adam Mansfield dug in.

Then James Poulson played a superb innings of 58 not out to deny Bury, and also take the Talbots very close, finishing just 13 runs short of victory.

Support from Melton and some grit from Johnny Gallagher made sure the Talbots took home 11 points, which and keeps us tucked in nicely in fourth place.

It was good also to see the young Quinn brothers out on loan to Twinstead on Saturday, Alex taking 2-14 and scoring 34; well played chaps, and thanks to Twinstead for having them.

There are now only five weeks of the season remaining.

Hard to believe it’s gone so quick, but so much to play for and the weather seems to like us now. This weekend coming is promising to be another hot one.

The Seconds are at home to Brockley, the Firsts travel to Copdock, and the Thirds take on Tendring at Lavenham.

On Sunday, the Firsts travel to Woolpit, and we entertain Castle Hedingham at Friars Street.

Get down to nets if you can and see you at the weekend.

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