AN impressing bowling spell was not backed up with a batting performance as Darren Batch’s Sudbury went down to a 14-run defeat at home to Burwell, while Tom Philp’s Halstead lost by three wickets at leaders Swardeston.
Sudbury won the toss and opted to bowl at Friars Street on Saturday and it looked to be an inspired decision as they had both their opponents’ openers out for no runs, Matthew Hunn, on his return to the team, and Billy Moutlon-Day claiming the wickets.
Young Suffolk fast bowler Hunn took a further two wickets, while fellow returnee Ben Reece also claimed a hat-trick as Burwell were all out for 121 from 51.4 overs.
But the Sudbury reply saw Adam Mansfield (1) and James Poulson (4) also out early and, despite a 43 from captain Batch and a 37 down the order from Reece, their reply fell 14 runs short.
Meanwhile, bottom side Halstead were inserted to bat at in-form Swardeston and made 134 after skipper Philp put on 34 awhile Mark Johnson was the star of the innings with 53no to leave the visitors on 134 all out from 54.4 overs.
In reply, Swardeston reached their target with three wickets to spare with Michael Parlane (40) top scoring.
* FOR a full round-up of local sport, including match action, reaction and previews to the week ahead, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.