Will Shropshire gives his latest thoughts on life at Sudbury Cricket Club
HE MAY have got a right ribbing for tipping us to win the league in last week’s Free Press, but anyone watching the firsts on Saturday wouldn’t have thought Hasantha was wide of the mark.
As we went toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the EAPL, a draw would probably have been a Sudbury win if we had another three or four overs to get the last wicket, but time is something no-one can buy.
Darren Batch will be mightily pleased with another all-round team performance, although his 99 and Hasantha’s five wickets shone brightest.
Bar a couple of lapses in the field from experienced players who should know better (which no doubt need rectifying if the team is to be a title chaser), it was again a high level performance from a team in only their second year in the Premier League, against a team who has previously won the title five out of eight times.
The sunshine always makes people happier and none more so than cricket fanatics. The sunshine meant the ladies could finally start their season, and a few keen cricket followers made the trip over the border to watch them gain a last-ball win against Eight Ash Green. Kirsty Sloan, in her first game back from maternity leave, took two alongside Penny Everett, while Amy Harrington hit the wining runs.
The good feeling rode into Saturday with the firsts’ compelling draw against Vauxhall Mallards, while the second team continue to be the team to watch with a striking 88-run win over East Bergholt.
Debutant Ben Taylor made a half-century, supported by old hands Younger and Pears, while Brad Richardson and Charlie Thomas proved the team has bowling to back up the batting with four wickets apiece.
Over at Felixstowe Harry Wright is learning captaincy the hard way and might be feeling like a bat first on a scorching day would have proved a better option, but they still picked up six points thanks to Paul Harris’ 57, including five sixes.
The Sunday teams proved dominant this weekend, the seconds winning by eight wickets at home thanks to Simon Ruffle’s 60no and skipper Alan MacDiarmid’s deathly inswinging deliveries. The Sunday firsts thrashed Woolpit by eight wickets, Adam Mansfield with 96 and Al Younger 47.
It seems that the captains were leading the way this weekend and what more could the club ask for from the leaders?
And finally, a couple of snippets of information from this weekend for your delight. Billy and Kenny both played for the first team, making the Moulton-Day boys the first ever brothers to play for Sudbury in the EAPL, while at Felixstowe on Saturday a young, thin, blond 13-year-old called Alec Siegert made his Saturday league debut. The name, the legend, the blond locks synonymous with the club over the last 25 years look like they are to be carried on well into the future.