Will’s World Sudbury CC column: Mid-table is a fine result in EAPL

WELL this weekend finally settled things with a week still to go.

The first team’s loss at Cambridge Granta handed the hosts the league title. Norwich’s defeat in the same league ensured their relegation, Clacton’s safety, and therefore our second team’s safety in Division Three (it is a long story but the EAPL table can affect all the Two Counties leagues).

Our Sunday firsts finished the year with a possibility of second but lost to Bury, handing the visitors the runners-up spot instead and the Sunday seconds got the necessary five points to stay up in Division Four of the Hunts County Bats league.

The annual players’ dinner was held on Saturday and that proved that no matter how hard some may try drinking the bar dry it is just not possible at Sudbury CC.

So it seems that bar the formalities of the last Saturday of action, we know where we stand for 2012.

On the same theme of settling matters, congratulations to Long Melford on their Division Four title success this weekend, meaning a great local derby for the seconds next year.

On Saturday, Hasantha Fernando took his league average to 47 with a solo effort of 75 after an initial 54 run partnership from Batch and Poulson.

Hasantha also took a five-wicket haul in a game that most of the batsmen will want to forget for one reason or another.

In a club-wide theme for the weekend Al Younger (39) also lacked support after Matt Pears fell for a quick 34 and a heavy seven-wicket defeat ensued for the seconds; another frustrating result in a year most of the players who have played for the Division Three team will want to forget and put right next year.

So with just a week left in the season things are calm and settled.

We have the double header against Clacton this weekend and Mr Batch will be looking for an improved performance from the firsts to finish the year in style.

A win will likely take us to sixth in the league, exactly mid-table and a thoroughly deserved position after a battling first year in the EAPL.

Just two losses in the last 15 games and they were to the champions and third placed team. There are of course areas for improvement, but I am sure Darren and Adam will be quietly satisfied with the way the team has performed, especially with the ball, having proven many early season doubters wrong.

From the squad that won the Two Counties in 2010 there have been just two additions, one of those a 17-year-old schoolboy, and those doubters might now appreciate that the club has got what it takes to play Premier League cricket, it just needs to be utilised correctly.

Just one more column from me next week (no cheering please) and that will be cricket for the 2011 season over.

For your last fill of cricket before the murky weather sets in the action starts at 10.30am on Saturday at Friars Street. Don’t miss it, for the winter is long and cricket-less, especially for those of us without Sky TV.