Talbots stung by seven-wicket loss

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Sudbury 116

Bury St Edmunds 117-3

AFTER recording their first win the previous week, Sud-bury were confident of taking a good haul of points from their local rivals, a confidence which proved misplaced. Bury won the toss and asked Sudbury to bat.

With regular opener Al Younger unavailable, captain Darren Batch stepped up from his normal position at three to join Pete Siegert at the top of the order.

But the experiment failed to bring rewards as Batch was first to depart, lbw to Bishop. Siegert followed soon after, unlucky to play on to his stumps via his bat and foot.

This brought together the young pair of Nathan Poole and James Poulson, who batted steadily to reach 43-2. Poulson, attempting to work one on the leg side, got a leading edge to be caught at point for 16.

Much was expected of new overseas recruit Hasantha Fernando, who arrived last Saturday from Sri Lanka. This optimism evaporated as he was bowled by Bishop for five.

It was 49-5 when, for the third time this season, Poole was run out, something he will need to address quickly if he is to make the most of his obvious potential.

The next ball saw a rush of blood from Mathew Wooderson which led to him being caught at mid-off off the bowling of McKinney.

Will Shropshire was bowled through the gate to leave Sudbury reeling at 54-7. Ben Reece and Adam Mansfield briefly steadied the ship before both departed edging behind to some good Bury bowling.

Tail-enders Jonathan Gallagher and Andrew Simmons showed the rest of the side what could be done with a bit of application and determination as they survived for 20 overs to reach 116 before Gallagher was excellently caught at cover to end the innings.

This turned out to be a winning score on the opening day of the season at Friars Street, so Sudbury took to the field knowing a good bowling display would see them in with a shout of taking some points from the game.

Fernando struck in his second over to have Bishop caught at slip by Batch for one. And when Suffolk batsman Huggins was run out by Poulson after a mix-up Sudbury were confident more wickets were to follow.

It was not to be as Rash (27) and Rees (73*) made sure there was to be no upset. Rees batted superbly to steer his side home by seven wickets.

As for Sudbury, Saturday’s home clash with fellow strugglers Norwich could be a pivotal game in their season. As has been the case for much of this season the batting department need to ensure a better performance.