Talbots are ready for a derby date

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Sudbury captain Jonathan Phillips has opted for experience for Sudbury’s home derby with Hadleigh in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One on Saturday (1pm), with Jonnny Gallagher and Steve O’Brien set to return.

Having suffered their first defeat against Coggeshall seven days earlier, the Talbots skipper was delighted his side bounced back by trouncing Lakenheath on Saturday, with under-18 Adam Clark taking 3-7 on his first-team debut.

Sudbury hope to repeat that display — in which they bowled Lakenheath out for 52 — in their fixture with Hadleigh, whose recent return to form came to a shuddering halt at the hands of Coggeshall.

But despite being impressed with Clark’s step-up, Phillips will bring Gallagher back after a week with the seconds, while Steve O’Brien returns to replace his son James as wicketkeeper.

“He did brilliantly, so I am sure as and when opportunities arise there will be no issue with me calling on him or other people,” said Phillips of swing bowler Clark. “Jonny got a number of overs in for the seconds as he had been away for a couple of weeks.”

Hadleigh had a sluggish start to the year, but three straight wins lifted them into mid-table before suffering a 124-run home loss to Coggeshall on Saturday.

“It’s frustrating because we had just got on a bit of a run,” said captain Josh Davey.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s derby, he added: “We have enough match-winners to win the game.

“To beat them we’ll have to play really well and we haven’t done that yet this season, but if we can put together a performance I fancy our chances.”