Long Melford 205-8 beat Sudbury II 85 by 120 runs
Long Melford’s two-month wait for a win came to an end on Saturday as they breezed past local rivals Sudbury II by 120 runs at the Meetingfield.
Sudbury won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first, with Melford openers Dale Brett and Steve Martin beginning the innings cautiously until the 12th over, when Andrew Simmonds delivered first blood for the visitors.
Martin (15) fell first for lbw, and was followed in the same over by Jason Wade for a duck as they slumped to 22-2.
Melford captain Joe Harvey joined Brett at the crease, and provided some much-needed impetus to the innings, as he hit 31 runs from 29 balls before being caught by Al Younger.
Dan Heath and Adam Matthews then both went cheaply, and when Stuart Whitehart was bowled by Alec Siegert, Melford were rocking at 101-7.
Steve Hale joined Brett in the 30th over, and the pair pushed the fielding side hard for singles right from the start.
Brett then fell to the returning Simmonds for 52 from a marathon 121 balls, with Hale soon to follow on the same score which came in a rapid 38 deliveries as the hosts closed on 205-8.
With the tea interval over, Sudbury openers Younger and Keelan Waldock began the run chase against Melford’s Gareth Boon and James French.
Younger fell first for lbwto French in the third over, and was followed by Peter Siegert (21), who also went for LBW but this time to Boon in the 12th over.
Sudbury skipper Jay Phillips lasted two overs before departing for lbw to Boon, and when Waldock (16) was superbly run out by Matthews, the visiting top order had scored just 48 runs.
Steve Witham (21) and Will Shropshire attempted to build a recovery and stabilise the Sudbury innings, but it was to no avail.
French and Boon bowled unchanged throughout, with the former picking up the wicket of Witham and the latter then ripping through the Sudbury tail with a faultless display of seam bowling.
Boon (7-20) claimed seven wickets from his 12 overs as the visitors were bowled all out for 85, more than 100 runs short of the target set by Melford.
The derby victory ended Melford’s unwanted run without a win, with their last success coming nine weeks ago at Kelvedon and Feering on June 13.
Since then Harvey’s side had suffered six defeats and two no results to slip closer towards the Division Two relegation zone.
But a commanding win against Sudbury II, who are second from bottom, sees them climb up to eighth spot in the table.