Burwell 45 lost to
Sudbury 202 by 157 runs
Travelling Sudbury coped better with the damp conditions at Mingay Park as they ran out comfortable victors over Burwell on Saturday afternoon.
Burwell won the toss and it was little surprise that they opted to bowl first.
Sudbury were quickly in trouble when Tom Huggins nicked the third ball of the day to second slip and Nathan Poole’s edge was smartly grabbed in the gully to leave Sudbury two wickets down for no score.
It soon became 2-3 when James O’Brien was bowled by Allistair Allchin.
Sudbury captain Darren Batch had held firm at one end to ensure that no further losses were suffered, but it was the explosive impact Ben Reece made when he joined his skipper that turned the match.
Reece punished anything pitched up to the bat to strike boundaries on all sides of the wicket with great authority.
He completed his half-century with the team’s total at just 67.
Sudbury lost Batch soon after when the bowler managed to deflect a Reece drive on to the stumps with the skipper short of his ground.
Adam Mansfield came and went quickly and when Reece was caught on the square leg boundary to end his superb innings of 61, Sudbury were 86-6.
James Poulson’s stay lasted just five balls as he became Graham Hume’s fourth victim of the day caught behind.
Kenny Moulton-Day offered good support to Alistair Younger as the pair added 25 valuable runs. After Moulton-Day was caught at mid-on, Dustin Melton joined Younger and the pair slowly built an excellent partnership of 70 either side of the lunch break.
Melton grew in confidence as the overs ticked by and, in the closing stages of the innings, he launched an attack which saw him complete his first half-century for Sudbury.
The score had moved on to 180 when Younger fell for a well made 29, but Jonny Gallagher supported Melton to ensure Sudbury passed the 200 mark before Melton perished attempting to add to his three maximums.
Sudbury started their bowling brightly and after a dropped catch had given Allchin a life, he was safely held at square leg off the bowling of Melton.
Melton grabbed the prize wicket of Burwell skipper Peter Richer, a gloved ball down the leg side smartly held by Mansfield.
Wickets tumbled in dramatic fashion as Poulson grabbed a wicket when a feather of an edge behind was again held by Mansfield before Batch brought himself into the attack and claimed two to leave Burwell in tatters at 38-5 at tea. After the resumption, Burwell’s remaining five wickets fell for just seven runs, meaning they were all out for 45.