Sudbury snap up U19 international

SUDBURY captain Darren Batch hopes a new international signing who has bowled against England one-day captain Alistair Cook can help consolidate the club’s position in the East Anglian Premier League (EAPL).

Ugandan Under-19 capped World Cup player Clive Gyangungu, who is currently serving in the British Army at Wattisham, played in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup and has come up against England, South Africa and players such as Alastair Cook, Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara.

The former Finchampstead player (Berkshire) will not be available until late April – missing the first two games – because of his army commitments, but captain Batch has been impressed with the off spinner’s performance in training.

He said: “Clive will miss our first two games but I’ve seen him in the nets at training and he looks like a good bowler – hopefully he will contribute to a positive season.”

While Gyangungu will miss the home friendly against Haverhill on Saturday (1.30pm) – the club’s warm-up game ahead of the new season – Batch is hoping it will be the start of a campaign of consolidation in their second term in the EAPL.

“The friendly is an opportunity to play outside on the grass again as we’ve been practising indoors,” he said. “We’re quietly confident about the new season, we have a much younger side than last year when we finished seventh (out of 12), so a mid-table finish would represent a good improvement.”

Sudbury also participated in the Natwest CricketForce clear up last Saturday, which saw the club clean the ground and set equipment up in preparation for their new campaign.

Many other cricket clubs also took part in the ECB-approved scheme and it was a positive event for the club, according to Batch.

He said: “The clean up day was great. A lot of people turned up to tidy the grounds, sort out the nets and the scoreboards. Players and their girlfriends came down to help, so did a couple of dads – a lot of people connected to the club.”