six-wicket haul sees Sudbury over winning line

ON THE RUN: Sudbury skipper Darren Batch, who hit 52 with the bat during Saturday's win
ON THE RUN: Sudbury skipper Darren Batch, who hit 52 with the bat during Saturday's win
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Saffron Walden 108

lost to Sudbury 125-8

by 17 runs

Jandre Coetzee took six wickets, his highest of the campaign, as Sudbury registered their third win of the season at Saffron Walden.

After heavy rain overnight and drizzle throughout the morning, play started an hour behind schedule at 12pm.

The weather was to play a big part in the proceedings with intermittent showers consistently reducing the overs.

The umpires eventually decided on 47/39 overs split and after skipper Darren Batch lost the toss and was asked to bat.

Opener Rory Darkins fell early after being clean bowled for two by Nick Batchelor.

Nathan Poole also fell quickly, edging behind two balls after playing what can only be described as the shot of the day, a glorious on-drive for four.

Skipper Batch and Jay Phillips steadied the ship, Batchy hitting some lusty blows, the most memorable an enormous six off 59-year-old Tim Smith.

Smith had the last laugh though as he surprised Batch with a short ball which he mistimed to mid-wicket for a simple catch after making 52.

This set about a Sudbury collapse as James Poulson ran opener Phillips out (after making 10 from 71 balls) and then proceeded to inexplicably charge down the track to Smith and was stumped.

Overseas professional Coetzee fell on his second ball and Jonny Gallagher and Andy Simmons were both adjudged lbw with the score on 95-8.

Adam Mansfield (26) and Ben Hyett (16) bravely brought the innings to a close with a 30-run partnership, which saw some risky running and some fine shots as Sudbury completed their 47 overs on 125-8.

The Suffolk visitors made the perfect start to the second innings with three wickets taken in the first three overs.

Coetzee had Paternott caught behind by Mansfield, Billy Moulton-Day bowled Josh Wells around his legs and Coetzee then bowled Simon Parmenter after he left the ball only to see it crash into off-stump.

Only Glenn Batticciotto showed real resistance and, once he was out for 54 with the score at 89, the game was up.

Coetzee, having endured a very unlucky time with the ball thus far this season, finally got due reward for some fine fast bowling taking 6-44 off 14 overs.

Fittingly, it was his disturbing of Smith’s timbers that finished the game with Walden still 17 short of their target.

Gallagher was Coetzee’s chief support with 2-28 from his 12 overs, Batch completing a fine all-round game with the other wicket and a phenomenal one-handed catch in slip to remove captain Giles Ecclestone.

n Elsewhere, the cricket club held their golf day on Friday, which took place at Newton Green.

Tim Ogle won the green jacket, taking his second title first — having first triumphed in 2007 — ahead of Alan Macdiarmid and Alan Cocksedge in second and third.

Peter Siegert took nearest the pin and Chris Cook longest drive, while the Texas scramble was won by Malcolm Halliday, Paul Wilson and Claudia Long.