Sudbury Cricket Club captain Darren Batch expects Bury St Edmunds to come out all guns blazing this weekend, writes Alex Moss.
The Talbots, third in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, will be looking to bounce back following their one-wicket defeat at Vauxhall Mallards last weekend.
Batch knows a Sudbury win would keep them in contention for a high finish, but he is aware of the challenge their local rivals will pose on Saturday (11am).
“It’s an important game for both teams for different reasons,” he said. “Bury are a good side and they have some dangerous players.
“I expect them to come out all guns blazing against us on Saturday.”
A five-for from James Poulson helped the Talbots to a comfortable six-wicket victory when the two sides met at Friars Street back in May.
And while Bury have drawn six and lost four of their 10 fixtures since, Sudbury have recorded impressive wins over teams like Cambridge Granta, Burwell and Frinton.
“The way we’ve been playing in the second half of the season has been really good,” said Batch, who welcomes back Johnny Gallagher to the side, in place of the injured Kenny Moulton-Day.
“There’s been some good team performances and individually, bowling, batting and fielding too.
“We’ve had a successful season and we’re hoping to continue it on Saturday.”