A good second week at the club saw three wins out of three and a hugely popular vice-presidents’ evening on Saturday night.
Nearly 50 VPs turned up to meet the players and enjoy some hospitality in this event’s second year, which was set up to reward and thank those people who contribute to the club in off-the-field ways.
Before the fun started, there was the matter of cricket first and — after a week of changeable weather — any cricket played would have been a result.
However, thanks to the work of the groundsman, the first team romped to a five-wicket win against Haverhill.
Adam Dellar (48) had worried the Sudbury bowlers early on, but first-class scalp taker James Poulson reined the visitors in with his maiden five-wicket haul for the Talbots.
In reply, skipper Jonathan Phillips led from the front with 55 and Mike Jones followed suit with a half-century.
Away at a less covered and slightly soggy pitch in Abberton, the seconds put on a satisfying team performance in all three disciplines.
Ben Taylor top-scored with 50, but contributions all round saw Woody’s men to 196.
In reply, Adam Clarke stunned the home side with a first spell of 2-6 in seven overs while a stroke of captaincy brilliance, opening with spinner Ben Hyett, removed Abberton’s dangerman Moxon.
In the end, the hosts fell 99 short as Clarke took 4-12 in 10 overs and Adi Dehage 3-32.
The Saturday thirds did fall victim to the rain, but on Sunday the local derby against Cavendish attracted a good-sized crowd as James O’Brien started his first campaign with a win.
Mike Jones struck another half-century and Peter Siegert added 40 to his already-growing tally for 2014 as Sudbury posted 188.
In reply, Spud Tatum set the visitors up well with a half-century, but a mid-order collapse saw the hosts win by 40 runs.
So, on to this weekend, where on Friday our ladies start their 2014 efforts against Colchester — 6pm start at Friars Street.
Then into Saturday where the firsts are at home again against joint top Maldon (1pm) and the seconds travel up the A134 to Bury.
Roger Troughton’s Sunday seconds kick off their season at home to Horringer and, on Bank Holiday Monday, the ground is open for a fun day.
So, just two weeks in and already we have had two social events, a flying start for our teams and junior sessions almost at maximum capacity — there is no such thing as a quiet start at Sudbury.