SUDBURY CC suffered an eight-wicket defeat at Swardeston while Halstead leapfrogged them with a victory over Horsford and Stoke-by-Nayland golfer Jamie Moul finished joint-fifth in his home tournament.
In cloudy conditions on Saturday Sudbury were taught a lesson by East Anglian Premier League leaders Swardeston as they won by eight wickets.
Without Hasantha Fernando (currently playing in the Sri Lankan Premier League) his overseas replacement Wilmanga Perera got off to a flying start with 59, the pick of the Sudbury batsmen, who were bowled out for 180 from 63.2 overs. Captain Darren Batch, usually the Talbot’s biggest hitter, not registering a score.
In reply Swardeston made the required 181 total to win from 31.4 overs for just two wickets with Perera bowling one lbw and catching the other of a Ben Reece delivery.
Sudbury play second-bottom Burwell at Friars Street on Saturday with the defeat leaving them in seventh position.
It was a better day for Halstead, who won by 64 runs after being put into bat.
Mark Johnson left on 48no and Matthew Spatcher on 37 while the bowling attack had Horsford finished for 100 from 44.3 overs with captain Tom Philp taking four wickets, Spatcher three and Jake Foley two.
In the golf at the English Challenge at Stoke-by-Nayland, home player Jamie Moul had a final round of 2 under par to leave him on -8 after scintillating first day on Thursday which saw him one shot off a course record.
The score left Moul joint-fifth after Frenchman Benjamin Hebert took his second Challenge Tour title in two weeks with a 12 under par over the four days. His countryman Riu came in second on 10 under par.
* FOR reaction from the weekend’s cricket and golf, and a preview to the best action taking place this weekend, see Thursday’s Suffolk Free Press.