Poulson takes five wickets as Sudbury back on course

CRICKET - Sudbury (Fielding/Bowling) v Witham ANL-140607-160749009
CRICKET - Sudbury (Fielding/Bowling) v Witham ANL-140607-160749009





Sudbury 182-4

beat Witham 181

by six wickets

Sudbury got back to winning ways on Saturday with a disciplined display that resulted in a six-wicket win at home to Witham.

With a number of enforced changes, a very different the Talbots took to the pitch after Jonathan Phillips won the toss and elected to field in overcast and sometimes rainy conditions.

It was not long before James Poulson snared the first of his five victims when Hawes was caught behind the wicket.

A second wicket soon fell when Headley was adjudged lbw, again off the bowling of Poulson.

When a running mix-up accounted for Jenkinson, and a fine catch by Adam Clark for the wicket of Rogers, Witham were struggling at 37-4.

Clark took the crucial wicket of experienced Richard Green in a very impressive spell that saw his eight overs yield only 28 runs.

With tight bowling from Mike Jones and the returning Poulson, Witham never really got away and a steady trickle of wickets amounted to Witham stumbling to 181 all out in the 49th over.

In reply, Sudbury got off to a great start with openers Nathan Poole and Charlie 
Holt putting on 104 for the first wicket with Poole being particularly aggressive against any short-pitched bowling served up by Witham.

Having got to 62, Poole will have been disappointed to become the first wicket to fall, but he had got the Talbots into a winning position alongside Holt, who was equally impressive before he too fell just one run short of a deserved half century.

Despite the wicket of the promoted Ben Reece, and also James Poulson — harshly adjudged lbw — this only served to be a temporary blip as Jones controlled the chase, ably supported James O’Brien.

Mike Jones finished on 42no and O’Brien 10no as Sudbury cruised to a six-wicket win with 11 overs to spare.

n Sudbury III maintained their good form in Division Six with a comfortable seven-wicket success at Worlingworth.

Phil Halliday took three wickets and Charlie Thomas two as the hosts were restricted to 167-8 from their 45 overs.

A 146 partnership for James Elsey (52) and Will Amos (75) for the fourth wicket saw them recover from a shaky reply to record victory with eight overs to spare.