Sudbury maintain flawless start to the new campaign
MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Coggeshall 188 lost
to Sudbury 189-3
by seven wickets
Sudbury secured a third successive haul of maximum points after overcoming Coggeshall in a comprehensive seven-wicket success.
Coggeshall elected to bat first and got off to an excellent start. New Zealand import Dane Cleaver hit a succession of early boundaries before Sudbury stopped the tide with Tom Huggins and then Ben Hyett slowing the scoring rate.
It was skipper Darren Batch who made the first breakthrough as he trapped Robert Jagger lbw for 11 before striking again to leave Coggeshall at 53-2.
Cleaver put on another half century partnership this time with Jimmy Rees before he was eventually dismissed by Hyett for 62. Rees soon followed to Billy Moulton-Day.
Wickets steadily tumbled as the last three wickets were taken in successive balls. Moulton-Day was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with 3-24.
In reply, Nathan Poole was trapped on the pads in front of the stumps for 13, while Huggins looked fluent as he was joined by Mansfield as the pair put on 73 before Mansfield was bowled around his legs.
Poulson was next in and his innings ended on nine as he was stumped before Batch joined Huggins with 80 still needed to secure victory.
The pair looked untroubled as they cruised to the target of 189, Huggins ending on 97 as Sudbury maintained their perfect start to the season.
n Meanwhile Sudbury II (219-6) secured a crucial win at home against Easton (215-8) in Division Two.
Johnny Gallagher (3-39) helped restrict Easton to 21, while in reply, Johnny Phillips (20) Pears (24) Ben Taylor (20), Scott Hallows (22) and Witham (65) all made solid contributions as Sudbury reached their target.
n Elsewhere, Sudbury’s Dave Hinchcliffe helped steer Suffolk Over-60s to a seven wicket victory in their opening Seevent Championship East Division opener against Bedfordshire.