Skipper targets two wins to survive in final four games

INJURY RETURN? Adam Mansfield may return from a broken finger to bat in Sudbury's home game with Clacton
INJURY RETURN? Adam Mansfield may return from a broken finger to bat in Sudbury's home game with Clacton
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Sudbury Cricket Club captain Darren Batch believes they have to win two of their remaining four ‘cup ties’ to avoid the relegation trapdoor.

But with the Talbots currently 20 points adrift at the bottom of the East Anglian Premier League and set to face sides currently in the top six in all their remaining matches, he knows it will not be easy.

“It is going to be tough, we are all aware of that,” he said. “But for the last two weeks especially, the performances have been really positive and there is a really positive atmosphere in the team.

“The guys are going all out to win all four games and we will probably need to win two and get good points elsewhere.”

Following a draw at fellow strugglers Horsford on Saturday, which saw Sudbury, who had their overs to hit the 251 target shortened by the rain, take 10 points and their hosts 14, Bury St Edmunds’ win against Saturday’s opponents Clacton did not do them any favours.

But Batch remains upbeat about their chances and is determined they will not go down without a fight.

“We are desperate to stay in this league,” he said, ahead of hosting fourth-placed Clacton on Saturday (11am).

“There are four other teams down there (within 30 points) and if we get one win it is really going to tighten things up.

“The performances over the last few weeks have proved we can put in good performances and it is just about turning them into wins.”

The Sudbury skipper homes a vocal home support in their penultimate home match, before travelling to sixth-placed Great Witchingham, hosting fourth-placed Saffron Walden and then visiting fifth-placed Burwell, can spur them on to victory.

“The previous home game against Cambridge Granta, which we nearly won, there was brilliant support from people inside and outside the cricket club,” he said.

“People in the town have taken a real interest in the team and shown us great support throughout this season.

“Hopefully on Saturday we will have a big crowd who can get right behind the team and we can put in a good performance.”

Vice-captain Adam Mansfield (broken finger) could return in a batting capacity, but will not be risked with his usual wicketkeeper duties.

Sudbury have only tasted victory three times so far this season and are currently stuck in a run of eight without a win.