Sudbury CC relegated from EAPL while town’s rugby side begin with a win

DOWN: Darren Batch batting for Sudbury
DOWN: Darren Batch batting for Sudbury

Sudbury Cricket Club’s three-year stay in the East Anglian Premier League came to an end on Saturday after their match at Burwell was abandoned.

Rain prevented play from getting under way in Cambridgeshire with Sudbury’s fate having already been taken out of their own hands after defeat the previous week.

Halstead suffered a second successive relegation after finishing bottom of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One with their last match at home to Elmstead Grasshoppers also washed out.

The town’s rugby team got their London League Three North East season off to a winning start at Whittome Field with a 34-12 victory over newly-promoted Wymondham.

After leading 5-0 at half-time, Sudbury ran in four tries in 16 minutes in the second period, with Shaun Smith and Fraser Beckett finishing with two apiece.

In the football AFC Sudbury booked their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup after a 2-1 win at fellow Ryman League Division One North side Burnham Ramblers.

The Yellows led 1-0 at half-time courtesy of a James Baker goal, with Terry Griffiths equalising before Michael Shinn’s 65th minute winner.

In the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, Hadleigh United won 3-1 at Walsham-le-Willows, while in the First Division Halstead Town continued their 100 per cent league record with their 4-2 home success over Ipswich Wanderers their fifth straight win.

Elsewhere in the division, AFC Sudbury Reserves lost 10-0 at home to Fakenham Town and Long Melford were 2-1 victors over Cornard United in the derby at Stoneylands.

* For a full round-up of local sports results, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.