MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE: Mildenhall 186 lost to Sudbury 190-4 by six wickets: Sudbury now hold the only 100 per cent record in the division after recording an impressive six-wicket win at title challengers Mildenhall.
In blustery and sometimes rainy conditions, Sudbury stand-in captain James Poulson — with Jonathan Phillips injured — won an important toss and duly asked the hosts to bat first.
The decision was soon vindicated as it took the opening partnership of Trett and current Essex batsman Tom Westley nearly six overs to score the first run of the day.
This duly set a pattern as Sudbury’s new-ball bowlers Jonny Gallagher and Billy Moulton-Day bowled with almost immaculate control, never allowing Mildenhall’s batsmen the opportunity of easy runs.
Under such pressure it came as no surprise when the first wicket of the day fell to Gallagher, Trett offering up a catch behind the stumps.
An almost carbon-copy dismissal followed as the much-vaunted Ben Shepperson went for just six, leaving Mildenhall 25-2 after 13 overs.
With the wicket clearly being more receptive to seam bowling, skipper Poulson continued with this line of attack, using himself and Darren Batch, alongside his new-ball pair.
Further good bowling resulted in wickets for Sudbury as, first, South African professional Scholtz fell and then Essex opener Westley off the bowling of Batch.
Mildenhall skipper Karl Holmes soon followed off the bowling of Mike Jones and, despite an aggressive riposte from Mildenhall’s Lankester and James Holmes, a final score of 186 all out owed much to the good work done by Sudbury’s bowlers with all players chipping in with wickets.
In reply, Sudbury had a new opening partnership, with club captain Phillips out with a an injured hamstring and James O’Brien deputising.
Unfortunately for O’Brien, he was involved in an early mix-up with fellow opener Nathan Poole, and run out for two.
This wicket brought Batch to the crease and, despite struggling at first with the tricky batting conditions, he went on to score a vital and increasingly fluent 81no in a 104-run partnership with Jones.
The latter was no less impressive, with both batsmen quick to capitalise on any loose bowling.
Despite the loss of Jones for a commanding 59 and Reece for nine, Batch teamed up with Pears to see Sudbury home to a six-wicket win.
Sudbury knew an improved display was needed in order to compete against a strong Mildenhall side.
Similarly, they are also aware that this performance has set a standard that must be maintained, at the very least, in order to continue their strong run against next opponents Wivenhoe, who lie only one place behind them in the league table.
n Sudbury II (169-7) stayed joint top of Division Three despite losing by five runs to local rivals Long Melford (174-9), who claimed their second successive win by five runs in a tense thriller at Friars Street.
After the visitors endured a shaky start in bat at 78-6, Stuart Whiteheart —who was close to signing for the Talbots in March — proved the difference between the sides with a fine 80no on a rain-affected day.
Ben Hyett, Adam Clarke and Adi D’Hage all took two wickets apiece for Sudbury, who were condemned to their first defeat of the season.
Melford bowled and fielded extremely well with Bill Byford ending with 3-40.