Runs in short supply as purple patch ends

CLOSE CALL: Burwell's Will Law narrowly avoids a run out at Friars Street.
CLOSE CALL: Burwell's Will Law narrowly avoids a run out at Friars Street.
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Sudbury 107 lost to Burwell* 121 by 14 runs

SUDBURY lost their unbeaten record on a rain-sodden home pitch, with only two of their batsmen making it into double figures.

The poor weather in the days leading up to the match meant that the wicket that was due to be used was unfit for play so groundsman Dave Oakes had to hastily prepare another.

Winning the toss, home captain Darren Batch unsurprisingly elected to field, hoping to make good use of the wet pitch. Early signs were good as Matt Hunn and Billy Moulton-Day reduced the visitors to 8-3.

A partnership of 40 was then built by Goosen and Summerskill, which only ended when Hasantha Fernando trapped the latter LBW.

Goosen would prove difficult to dislodge throughout the innings, but wickets regularly fell at the other end, leaving Burwell 75-6 at lunch.

The last four wickets added a vital 46 runs, Goosen finally being trapped LBW by Batch for an excellent and patient 52.

Burwell batted well considering the conditions and Sudbury would have been disappointed to allow the visitors to reach 121.

Hunn finished with 3-25, Moulton-Day 1-12, Batch 1-17, Fernando 1-26 and Ben Reece 3-35.

Previous years have shown small totals are always a tricky challenge at Friars Street and this chase would prove no different.

Sudbury were reduced to 34-6 with all dismissed batsmen failing to reach double figures.

Richards and Toner bowled very well, using the conditions to their fullest, their excellent line and length and making scoring opportunities hard to come by.

Skipper Batch had arrived at the crease at the fall of the first wicket and witnessed the carnage from the non-striker’s end as each batsman came and went.

The skipper was then joined by Ben Reece, and together they put on 60 before Reece (37) was adjudged LBW, leaving the Talbots 94-7.

Hunn was bowled on the stroke of tea with Sudbury needing a further 27 runs.

After the break Batch (43) could not resist driving at a ball which should really have been defended, and was caught at cover by the diving Goosen.

Moulton-Day smashed a boundary and then stole a single to leave Ben Hyett on strike. An excellent yorker from West Indian Richards was too good for Hyett and gave Burwell victory by 14 runs.

Sudbury took five points from the game, dropping to seventh in the table and disappointed to lose their unbeaten record.

They travel to last year’s champions, Cambridge Granta, this week hoping to get back to winning ways.