GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Sudbury 99-0 beat
Halstead 98 by 10 wickets
SUDBURY finished the 2012 season in fine style as they crushed lowly neighbours Halstead by 10 wickets.
Having won the toss, Halstead decided to bat on a pitch which looked as though it would deteriorate as the match went on.
The visitors started well, reaching 20 before Hasantha Fernando found a way through the defence of Goushi Raviendran.
Matthew Webb and Will Clark fell in quick succession to Sudbury skipper Darren Batch to leave Halstead 26-3.
Josh Wells came in and looked in good form until a rush of blood saw him stumped by the increasingly-impressive Ben Hyett for just 10.
The return of Jonathan Gallagher ended Daniel Sincuba’s innings for five, before Hyett’s excellent control, coupled with sharp spin, removed Mark Johnson, Sam Walter and Halstead skipper Tom Philp (32).
The late introduction of James Poulson quickly ended Halstead’s innings for just 98.
Batch moved himself up the order to open with Peter Siegert in the absence of regular opener Jay Phillips.
Batch was quick to punish anything off length from the Halstead opening bowlers, hitting the boundary with regularity.
Siegert was watchful at first, but as Sudbury neared their target he moved through the gears to end on 30 not out.
Batch reached his half-century before Sudbury crossed the finishing line ending on 53 from just 50 balls.
Sudbury end the season in ninth position in the EAPL and will be wondering what might have been had they not suffered a mid-season slump, resulting in five losses in a row.