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Following his appointment in 2015, Tom Huggins prepared a Vision Statement sign saying -
"TO WIN THE EAPL IN 2017" and displayed it on the wall of the Home changing room.
Three years later it all came true -a fantastic journey.

To cap the week off, many congratulations to Jonny and Lauren Gallagher on the birth of their son,
Harry William Henry - a night of celebration at the club tonight for so many reasons.

Week 22 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 16 Sept 1st XI EAPL Swardeston Home Aban    
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Exning Away Aban Exning 49-2  
  3rd XI Friendly Twinstead Away Won 122-4 : 121-5*  
The best ever season for the club finished on Saturday with the clubhouse full of celebration.  The 1st XI won the EAPL for the first time and became only the second Suffolk club to get their hands on the trophy.  The 'crunch match' against Swardeston was finally abandoned at 2:50 after many pitch inspections and an early lunch.  The start was rescheduled for 2:30 at 32 overs per side, but just as the players were about to take the field the heavens opened up again and the umpires called the game off.  Very difficult decisions had to be made and all of groundsman David Oakes' hard work eventually came to nothing.  The weather meant that only 2 EAPL games were completed, and our 2nd XI only managed 16 overs at Exning before returning home to join in the celebrations as the rain worked its way south through Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and into Suffolk.  Wisely the 3rd XI at Twinstead decided on a 20 overs match and won off the final ball - what a way to end the season (Ben Duncan 2 - 18, and Will Amos 47*).  The celebrations continued into the night with the annual Players Dinner and Website Awards - many thanks as usual to Chairman Louis Brooks for conducting proceedings and to Mark Warbrook for organising the event.  It's now time to put the ground to bed, finalise all the statistics and finances in time for the AGM in November and start planning to defend the 1st XI's title and stabalise the 2nd XI in Division 2 in 2018.  The work never stops but it is all worth while as Saturday proved - WHAT A FANTASTIC CLUB - and thanks to all our supporters who have visited Friars Street and offered messages of 'good luck' throughout the season - A REAL CREDIT TO THE TOWN.

Who'd be a Groundsman ?
David Oakes and his helpers have got their work cut out to keep the rain off for Saturday's EAPL match against Swardeston.  The forecast doesn't look very promising but that doesn't stop the groundstaff from putting the effort in.  Just after this photo was taken (5pm on Thursday) the heavens opened again !

Saturday 3rd XI match this weekend is now away at Twinstead and not Castle Hedingham
SUDBURY win the Suffolk T20 Cup 

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Week 21 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 9 Sept 1st XI EAPL Horsford Away Won 240-10* : 181-10 Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Woolpit II Home Aban 237-7* : 72-0   
  3rd XI Friendly Chappel & W C Away Won 244-9* : 200-7  
Sun 10 Sept Senior T20
Suffolk Cup
Bury Won
147-5 : 146-7*
165-5* : 163-7
  Sunday XI Friendly Halstead Home Won 182-9 : 180-9*  
Another excellent weekend in what has become a fantastic season for the club.  On Saturday, the 2nd XI secured promotion to Div 2 of the Two Counties for next season whilst the 1st XI's victory away at Horsford means that it is 10 wins out of 10 in the 50 Over format of the EAPL, and the team go into the final match of the season next Saturday against second place Swardeston at Friars Street needing 4 points to be crowned champions.  Just to top things off, on Sunday the Senior T20 side won the Suffolk Cup for the first time in the club's history - many congratulations to skipper Ben Reece and his team.  After beating Felixstowe & Corinthians fairly comfortably in the Semi-Final the side met Two Counties Division One side Haverhill in the final - Haverhill's side contained nine regular first team players.  Helped by a final over onslaught by Dan Poole (3 sixes in the last 4 balls) the side set their opponents 166 to win.  With rain threatening and messrs Duckworth Lewis standing by, Haverhill's batsmen set off in fine style and were always ahead of the required rate until late wickets fell which meant that 11 runs were required off the final over.  Skipper Reece held himself back to bowl the last of his three overs  at the death, and both Ben and the side held their nerves to secure a 2 run victory.  A fantastic match played in an excellent spirit and credit to Haverhiil for their fine effort.  Thanks also to Andy Blanchard (Suffolk Cricket) and Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club for organising the day - just could have been a bit warmer ! 
On Saturday, for the 1st XI, a 150 run opening partnership between Tom Huggins (115) and Adam Mansfield (74) which was ended just four balls after the drinks interval suddenly became 159 - 4 just eighteen balls later.  Only Will Shropshire and Al Younger reached double figures after that but the total of 240 looked too much for Horsford who, despite a seventh wicket partnership of 87 and two small rain delays, ended 181 all out after another 5 wicket haul for Dustin Melton (5 - 23).  The news filtered through that the 2nd XI game had been abandoned but the 11 points gained meant that promotion had been achieved with a week left and the celebrations started in the clubhouse.  Steve Witham (43*), Dale Brett (39), Dan Poole (37), Matt Pears (33) and Jonny Amos (31) all contibuted with the bat in the side's total of 237 - 7, but Woolpit II's reply was cut short after 17 overs at 72 - 0 when the heavens opened.  The 3rd XI managed to complete their friendly at Chappel & Wakes Colne and secured a 44 run victory.  Will Amos (54), Chris Cook (52) and Dave Hinchcliffe (53) all retired once they reached their half-centuries in the side's 244 - 9, and 2 wickets each for the Quin twins helped see the team home.  Sunday's friendly at home against Halstead ended in a victory and a fitting end to the season for skipper Dustin Melton who has led the team in an exceptional way and has always played the game in the traditions of friendly cricket, giving all players a game and bringing on the junior players in perfect fashion.  Three wickets each for Allan Macdiarmid and Ben Duncan restricted Halstead to 180, and led by Dave Shropshire (55) and Dustin Melton (39) the side achieved victory with just 2 balls left - perfect !  So just one week left, and what a day next Saturday could be - make sure you get down to Friars Street, and get there early, to cheer the 1st team to the championship.

August 100 Club Winners
£75 Emma Quin,  £50 Anne-marie Shropshire,  £25 Chris Chambers

With just two weekends left the leading players in the various categories of
analysis for SENIOR matches only are :
------ Batting ------ ------ Bowling ------ - Fielding Catches - --- Keeper Catches ---
  D Batch   1108   P Halliday   53   B Reece     16   A Mansfield   44
  B Reece    842   D Melton     47   D Melton    14   K Moulton-Day 15
  J Amos     732   T Huggins    38   A Quin      13   C Cleverley    9 
  T Huggins  718   B Hyett      36   D Batch     13   T Park         6
  W Amos     668   R O'Donnell  35   J Amos      11   L Brooks       4

Week 20 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 2 Sept 1st XI EAPL Mildenhall Away Won 305-3* : 153-10  Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Bury St Edmunds II Home Lost 224-8 : 226-9*  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Sudbourne Hall Home Lost 131-10* : 133-7  
  4th XI Friendly Twinstead Away Won 196-8* : 91-10  
Sun 3 Sept Sunday XI Friendly Acton Home Lost 174-9 : 208-5*  
It's going down to the wire !  After Saturday's results, the 1st XI could be crowned Champions next weekend if Swardeston lose and Sudbury win,  but most other combinations of results mean that the final match at Friars Street on September 16th between the two sides will determine the winners of the EAPL. With both Sudbury and Swardeston comfortable winners on Saturday the Talbots retain their 21 point lead before heading to Horsford next Saturday, whilst Swardeston entertain Mildenhall.  At Wamil Way, Sudbury lost the toss and batted first for only the seventh time this season.  Once the early morning mist had disappeared Darren Batch (130*) and Tom Huggins (109) provided the crowd with a masterclass in batting in a 222 run partnership for the second wicket.  A quick 25* from Ben Reece in 10 balls at the end resulted in a score of 305 - 3 in their 50 overs which was far too many for Mildenhall and a 152 run victory was comfortably achieved - Jonny Gallagher 3 - 19 and Dustin Melton 2 - 17 the main bowlers who were once again backed up by a fine fielding display.  Victory for the 2nd XI at Friars Street would have guaranteed promotion but a second consecutive defeat leaves the side needing 10 points from their final two matches to ensure their place in Division 2 for next season.  Bury elected to bat first and posted 226 - 9 with Stuart Whitehart 3 - 30 and Ben Hyett 3 - 78 the main wicket takers.  In reply the Talbots finished agonisingly 3 runs short of victory despite a fine 108 from Robbie O'Donnell.  Four runs were needed off the final ball but only a single was achieved which leaves the side level on points at the top of the league with Little Bardfield Village who have clawed back 25 points on the 2nd XI in the last fortnight.  Both sides have a 31 point lead above third place, and in the event of both sides finishing the season on equal points the winners will be determined by Net Run Rate - currently Sudbury's is 1.23 and LBV's 0.74. The 3rd XI finished their season with a defeat to league leaders Sudbourne Hall and finish second from bottom in Division 7.  This doesn't necessarily mean relegation will follow as the lower leagues in the Two County Championship often get reorganised prior to the following season depending on how many teams are withdrawn from the leagues above.  The side gave the league leaders a competitive match but their 131 all out was reached for the loss of 7 wickest with 3.2 overs to spare.  Skipper Willie Amos (32), Andy Holness (26) and Guy Robins (25) provided the main runs but despite 3 wickets each for Charlie Thomas (3 - 43) and Phil Halliday (3 - 36) the Talbot's score was not quite enough.  The 4th XI enjoyed another away trip, this time to Twinstead, and ended their season with a victory.  Dave Hinchcliffe's 50 (retired)  plus 44* from Lawrence Pybus set their hosts a target of 197 to win, but Twinstead fell 105 runs short - 2 wickets each for James Quin, Alec Siegert, Ben Duncan and Dan Fisher.  The next two weeks will hopefully see all the hard work that the 1st and 2nd XIs have put in this season deliver two league titles and provide the club with its best ever season - come on you Talbots !  On Sunday, Jonny Amos scored the club's fourth century of the weekend (108*) in the home friendly against Acton but there was little support from his teammates in the run chase and the side finished 34 runs short.

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Week 19 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 26 Aug 1st XI EAPL Frinton on Sea Home Won 133-1 : 132-10*  
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Little Bardfield Away Lost 112-10 : 152-9*  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Felixstowe & Cor Away Lost 110-10* : 113-4  
Sun 27 Aug Senior T20 Suffolk Cup Bury St Edmunds Home Won 164-2 : 163-7*  
                1st XI before their match against Frinton on Sea                    
Just three games to go and the 1st XI retained their 21 point lead at the top of the EAPL with a comfortable victory against Frinton on Sea.  Put into bat, Frinton were one down after the first ball of their innings and all three of their recognised dangerous batsmen were dismissed with their individual score on 25 after they had all adopted the approach of hitting the ball as hard as they could rather than building an innings. Tom Huggins (4-23), Dustin Melton (2-11) and James Poulson (2-35) did the main damaged, helped once again by some fine fielding.  In reply the Talbots only lost one wicket in reaching their target and were led home by skipper Tom Huggins (71*) and Darren Batch (40*).  Two away matches next at MIldenhall and Horsford before the potential 'finale' against Swardeston on September 16th.  The 2nd XI remain top of Two Counties Div 3 but their lead of 25 points has been reduced to 10 points following their defeat away to second place Little Barfield Village.  Despite good bowling figures from Gareth Boon (3-28) and Robbie O'Donnell (3-39) only Joe Harvey (35) made any positive inroad to the small target of 153 and the side fell 40 runs short..  However, they remain 40 points ahead of third place Long Melford so one more victory out of their final three matches will effectively guarantee promotion, although they really want to go up as champions.  The 3rd XI returned from their long trip to Felixstowe with only 3 points when a victory was needed to give them any hope of survival in Div 7.  Andy Holness (43) and Toby Butcher (21) were the only real contributors with the bat in the side's 110 all out, which their opponents reached for the loss of 4 wickets.  Mathematically the 3rd XI can still escape relegation, but the odds aren't too favourable.  On Sunday the Senior T20 XI won their Suffolk Cup Quarter-Final match against Bury St Edmunds to progress to Finals Day on Sunday September 10th - wickets for Batch, Waldock, Burns, Richardson and Vickery, plus 50s from Batch and Vickery. Finally, many thanks to Andy Dodds and the Bowls Club for providing an excellent evening on Friday night - great food and company, but not too certain about the Talbot's ability at bowls ! 

Week 18 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 19 Aug 1st XI EAPL Copdock & OI Away Won 158-2 : 157-10*  
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Long Melford Home Won 182-10* : 69-10  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Mildenhall IV Home Won 279-3* : 246-6  
Sun 20 Aug Sunday XI Friendly Haverhill Home Lost 203-6* : 206-3   
2nd XI before their match against Long Melford                     Jandre Coetzee
"Super Saturday" - 3 wins out of 3 and a very jubilant clubhouse on Saturday night.  The short trip to Copdock for the 1st XI represented on paper a very difficult match but by 4:30pm the Talbots had achieved a comfortable 8 wicket victory.  Whilst economic bowling kept Copdock's batsmen in check it was the fielding that excelled with 4 run outs aided by some fairly suicidal running.  In reply Copdock struck with the fourth ball to remove skipper Huggins but Adam Mansfield (89*) then assumed control.  His partnerships with Darren Batch (36) and Ben Parker (22*) were full of positive batting and excellent running and Sudbury cruised home in only 25 overs to win by 8 wickets.  The news that both Swardeston and Great Witchingham had lost to teams that they had been expected to beat fairly comfortably added to the enjoyment of the victory, and the team now have a 21 point lead at the top of the EAPL.  The local derby against Long Melford at Friars Street for the 2nd XI wasn't looking too good at one time with the side 95 - 5 after 31 overs, but a partnership between Jonny Amos (32) and Steve Witham (33) guided the team to 182 all out in their 45 overs.  In reply skipper Stuart Whitehart (5 - 31) and Gareth Boon (3 - 27) destroyed Melford's reply and only J Arendse (39) provided any resistence as our visitors were all out for 69 in just over 30 overs.  Other results in Division 3 mean that the 2nd XI now lead Little Bardfield Village, who they play next Saturday, by 25 points at the top of the table, and have a 42 point cushion over Woolpit II who are third.  Not to be outdone the 3rd XI joined the 'party' by recording a very much needed victory at Lavenham against Mildenhall IV which ses them move off the foot of Division 7 and within striking distance of several sides with just two matches of their season left.  Excellent knocks from Toby Butcher (115*), Craig Boon (64*) and Chris Cook (48) saw the team reach 279-3 off their 45 overs, and Mildenhall finished 33 runs short in reply - Morgan Waldock (3-59) returning impressive figures on a day that was dominated by the bat.  Everything continues to build up to an extremely exciting end to the 2017 season with just four weeks left.  A welcome visitor to the club on Saturday night and on Sunday was Jandre Coetzee, pictured above with the Hunts Bats Div 1 Trophy that was won by the Sunday 1st XI in 2010.  The Sunday friendly match against Haverhill was notable for another century from Will Amos (115*) but the side's total of 203 was reached within 26 overs by a strong visiting side.
Change to End of Season Events
The Hockey Club has very kindly allowed the Cricket Club to extend its tenancy of the Clubhouse by a further week, and the handover of the clubhouse will now take place on Monday September 18th rather than Monday 11th.  This will allow the club to host its final EAPL League match against Swardeston on Saturday September 16th under its full control.  Accordingly the "End of Season Website Awards Evening" will move from Saturday 9th to Saturday 16th.  The Club is extremely grateful and appreciative of the Hockey Club for its cooperation in this matter. 
Adam Mansfield 'Capped' by Suffolk
Many Congratulations to Adam Mansfield who as current
captain of Suffolk was awarded his 'County Cap' during last
week's victory against Cumberland which meant that the County
remained unbeaten during the Championship Season.
Adam becomes the 104th player to be capped by Suffolk, and
it is believed that he becomes the first Talbot to be so honoured.

Colin Walters' 60th Birthday Celebration Match
Congratulations to Colin Walters on his 60th birthday which he celebrated in style with a match on Sunday between his 'old' Sudbury team mates and an Invitation XI at Friars Street.  A great day was had by all and Colin wishes to thank everyone who made his day so enjoyable - both players and helpers. On Tuesday 15th, Colin captains the Suffolk Over 60s against Lancashire at Orrell CC in the last 16 of the National ECB Over 60s Competition.  This is the first time that Suffolk have ever reached this stage of the competition and Colin is joined by David Hinchcliffe and Guy Robins, so the Talbots are well represented. 

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Week 17 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 12 Aug 1st XI EAPL Bury St Edmunds Home Won 80-4 : 79-10*  
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Halstead II Away Won 222-6* : 116-10  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Battisford Away Lost 129-10* : 132-8  
Sun 13 Aug Sunday XI Friendly Helions Bumpstead Away Lost 131-9* : 132-4  
The heavy rain earlier in the week fortunately didn't re-appear after Wednesday so a full list of fixtures was completed on Saturday.  Another early finish at Friars Street as the 1st XI recorded their second comfortable victory of the season over their local rivals who were again dismissed for under 100.  Skipper Tom Huggins introduced himself into the attack fairly early into the Bury innings and after his first ball was dispatched for 6, he then weaved his magic and returned 5 - 22 (or 5 - 16 off 9.5 overs).  Backed up by the other bowlers and some fine fielding the Talbots took wickets at regular intervals and only a last wicket stand lasting 13 overs extended Bury's innings into the 30th over.  After an early lunch, Sudbury's innings didn't start too well and at 20 - 2 a few nerves started to jangle, but the batsmen settled down and only lost 2 more wickets in reaching their target - Ben Reece (27) was in fine form hitting 5 boundaries in his aggressive knock.  With Swardeston winning the Norfolk derby against Great Witchingham, Sudbury now have a 2 point lead at the top of the EAPL over Swardeston, and an 18 point lead over Witchingham.  The early finish allowed the players and spectactors to make the short trip down to Halstead to support the 2nd XI and witness a comfortable victory which leaves Stuart Whitehart's team with an increased lead at the top of Two Counties Div 3 of 24 points above Little Bardfield Village, and 40 points above third place. Dan Poole (42), Joe Harvey (39), Steve Witham (38*) and Matt Pears (37) were the main contributors in the sides 222 - 6, allowing the "spin twins" Ben Hyett (4-29) and Robbie O'Donnell (3-32) to work their way through the Halstead batsmen, superbly assisted by some fine catches - Dan Poole taking 3 in the deep.  The 3rd XI nearly made it across the line at Battisford in a fine team effort.  Injured bowler Allan Macdiarmid was promoted to bat at number three and top scored with 36, but despite 3 wickets each for Charlie Thomas (3 - 49) and Phil Halliday (3 - 47) the last two Battisford wickets couldn't be taken.  This defeat returns the side to the foot of Division 7 with only 3 games of the season left.  The Sunday XI enjoyed a trip to Helions Bumpstead but ended up on the losing side despite 89 from Ben Reece.

Week 16 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 5 Aug 1st XI EAPL Gt Witchingham Away Lost 158-3* : 161-3  
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Wivenhoe II Home Canc    
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Worlingworth Away Won 191-3* : 176-10  
Sun 6 Aug Sunday XI Friendly Gents of Suffolk Home Lost 239-4* : 244-9  
Once again rain had a major effect on Saturday's matches.  The 2nd XI match at Friars Street was a total washout, but with their nearest rivals Long Melford and Bury St Edmunds match also cancelled, Stuart Whitehart's team retain a 22 point lead at the top of Two Counties Div 3 above Little Bardfield who managed to complete and win their match.  In Norfolk the rain came and went which allowed a restart after a 3 hour delay.  Unfortunately this meant that Sudbury's innings was 'completed' before the run assault in the last 15 overs could really get going.  Darren Batch continued his fine form at Walcis Park with 72*, but a dominating factor was that Witchingham bowled 48 of the alloted 64 overs before lunch compared to the normal average of 37.  The small target of 159 in 36 overs was reached with 3 overs to spare, although Sudbury had their opponents 10 - 2 after 6 overs.  With Swardeston's game at Cambridge Granta being abandoned, Sudbury remain top of the EAPL but are now joined by Great Witchingham with Swardeston just 2 points behind.  Could be a fantastic last 6 weeks of the season as the format now changes back to 50 / 50 matches, starting with Witchingham visiting Swardeston next week whilst Sudbury host bottom of the table Bury St Edmunds.  The decision to reduce the 3rd XI's match at Worlingworth to 35 overs enabled the game to be completed and a fine victory was achieved to end the run of defeats that the side has suffered in recent weeks.  Skipper Wille Amos lead the way with 101 ably assisted by a debut 50 from young Alex Quin.  Phil Halliday's return of 3 - 41 secured a 15 run victory which moves the side off the bottom of Two Counties Div 7.  Sunday saw the annual fixture against the Gents of Suffolk (the oldest fixture in the club's history) and a last ball victory for Guy Robins' side.  On the County Scene, Messrs Mansfield (capt and 4 catches), Batch (72), Poulson (4-74) all featured in the recent Minor Counties Three Day Match at Ipswich School against Cumberland, whilst Chris Cook scored his maiden Suffolk Over 50s century and Phil Halliday received his first call up to the Suffolk Over 50s - congratulations to all.

July 100 Club Winners
£75 David Porteus-Butler,  £50 Mark Platt,  £25 Andy Simmons
Week 15 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 29 July 1st XI EAPL Cambridge Granta Home Draw 10-0 : 277-8*  
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Brockley Away Won 141-6* : 82-10  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 East Bergholt II Home Aban 169-9* : 60-2  
  4th XI Friendly Earls Colne Away Lost 136-8 : 143-1*  
Sun 30 July Sunday XI Friendly Wickham St Paul Away Lost 99-9* : 100-1  
For once the weather forecast was correct and by mid-afternoon the majority of Saturday's matches throughout the region were abandoned.  Only one match was completed in the EAPL which means that Sudbury remain top and their lead was only reduced by 1 point to 6 above second place Swardeston.  A good call by skipper Stuart Whitehart to agree a reduced 30 over match at Brockley was rewarded with a victory to end a run of three defeats - Steve Witham 44, Jonny Amos 40 and Robbie O'Donnell 4 - 24 being the main performers on the day.  The 2nd XI's lead in Div 3 is now 26 points with all teams having played 15 matches.  Matt Griffith had time before the heavens opened to score 79 for the 3rd XI but East Bergholt's reply only survived until the 15th over.  Although missing skipper Louis Brooks who was setting up the evening's event in the marquee, the 4th XI cptained by Paul Edwards managed to complete a 20/20 match at Earls Colne but ended up 7 runs short - Tom Park top scored with 38*.  The evening saw the close of Cricket Week with the Comedy and Auction Night - a very enjoyable and relaxing evening, and thanks to Mark Warbrook and his Social Committee, plus of course Louis Brooks and Guy Robins who conducted the Auction as only he can !  The Sunday XI made the short trip to Wickham St Paul but ended up with a 9 wicket defeat.
Cricket Week
Despite the attempts of the weather on most days to interrupt the matches, all the games during Cricket Week were played to the end and all in the fine spirit of providing a spectacle to the spectators and lunch guests.  A huge thank you to Ted Clarkson and Louis Brooks for all their organisation of the week's events and to all the various helpers, particularly Toby Butcher who must be fed up with lifting chairs in the marquee !  Two other people deserve mention - groundsman David Oakes (and of course Andy Dodds) for preparing the ground and Suzy Cardy (plus her staff) for serving hundreds of pints of beer and keeping the bar till clicking open.  Another excellent week - now for a rest !
Date Opponents Result Scores
Mon 24 July Old Grammarians Won 248-2* : 169-10
Tue 25 July Symantec Old Boys Won 193-6* : 188-10
Wed 26 July Cavendish XI Lost 306-7* : 309-8
Thu 27 July Olicanian Striders Draw 259-9 : 334-8*
Fri 28 July T20 Tournament
Sudbury / Acton / Twinstead
by Acton
SUD 111-8* : TWI 101-8
ACT 151-5* : SUD 131-8
TWI 127-6* : ACT 130-1

Six a Side Tournament
On Sunday the club hosted its Six a Side Tournament with eight teams competing in two leagues.  The winners were SYMANTEC OLD BOYS (although Sudbury guest players Alec Siegert and Morgan Waldock don't fall into that category) who beat CAVENDISH in a low scoring final.  Many thanks to Ted Clarkson, and Colin Walters who organised the day, to umpires Ron Raisey and Garry Hayward who somehow kept control out in the middle, and to all the many helpers who made sure that the day ran smoothly.  Team Photos

 Week 14 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 22 July 1st XI EAPL Norwich Away Won 169-5 : 165-10* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Mistley II Home Lost 161-9* : 162-8  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Woolpit III Away Lost 139-10 : 234-6*  
A return to winning ways for the 1st XI who remain top of the EAPL by 7 points, but a third defeat in a row for the 2nd XI.  Fortunately other results in their league mean that they remain top but a change in fortune is required to maintain that status.  Another defeat for the 3rd XI leaves them at the foot of Division 7. 
For the 1st XI, Tom Huggins won the toss and put Norwich in and in the second over Billy Moulton-Day took 2 wickets with his first 2 deliveries on his return to the side after a 9 match absence due to injury.  That meant that in his last 7 deliveries for the 1st XI he had taken 4 wickets.  Apart from a 68 run stand for the fourth wicket, Norwich lost wickets at regular intervals until the final pair put on 36 to realise a score of 165 all out - Darren Batch 3-21 and Dustin Melton 3-36.  In reply a 98 run opening partnership between Tom and Keelan Waldock, the best for many weeks, formed the basis for victory.  Keelan's innings was excellent combining good concentration with firm striking of the bad ball.  Playing at this level can only help him with his development - very well done Keelan. A further 3 wickets were lost by giving the Norwich fielders some catching practice before Will Shropshire and Dan Poole, with a final strike for 6, saw the Talbots home with 9 overs to spare.  The 2nd XI can't find the winning formula at the moment.  Only Matt Pears (52) and an undefeated final wicket partnership of 38 between Gareth Boon and Ben Tippett really contibuted to an under-par score of 161 which Mistley reached with 1 over left.  Ben Hyett's 4-36 and some very economical bowling by both Gareth Boon and Robbie O'Donnell weren't enough to gain a victory. When Phil Halliday top scores with 26 for the 3rd XI you know they are in trouble, and Woolpit's 234 was well out of reach.  Guy Robins made his Talbot return (1-28 and 15 with the bat) but even his experience wasn't enough.  Both the 2nd and 3rd XIs need to find the winning formula again soon, although for different reasons at either end of their repective divisions.  Unfortunately, the 4th XI friendly against Woodbridge was called off as our opponents couldn't raise a side.

Mr & Mrs Siegert
Many congratulations to Pete and Sarah (nee Crook) on their wedding on Friday.  The reception was held at the club in the marquee - the weather was almost perfect, the wine flowed, the music was excellent, and above all the couple looked fantastic.  From everybody at the club, the very best wishes for the future.

Junior Presentation Evening - Monday July 17th
Normally one of the highlights of the year, and Monday night's event was one of the best.  Fine weather brought nearly all the Junior Section members and their families down to Friars Street and after an opening address from President Ted Clarkson the Team Managers and Coaches conducted their Annual Prize Giving. 
Congratulations to all the winners, and especially to BEN DUNCAN who received the Junior Player and Clubman of the Year award from Head Coach Phil Halliday.  Phil and his team work incredibly hard throughout the year to provide the coaching and administration that is required to run such a successful Junior Section, and once again thanks to all involved.
Six-a-Side Bottle Stall
Phil Halliday is running a BOTTLE STALL at this year's Six-a-Side Tournament on Sunday July 23rd as per last year, and asks for Club Members to donate a bottle.  Team Captains will be passing on this message this weekend, and all bottles should be left in the red plastic buckets marked 'Bottle Stall' that are under the table next to the Ladies Toilet.

Week 13 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 15 July 1st XI EAPL Vauxhall Mallards Home Lost 126-10 : 162-7* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Tuddenham Away Lost 202-10 : 223-5*  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Melton St Audrey Home Lost 151-9* : 155-4  
Sun 16 July Sunday XI Friendly Stansfield Home Won 192-7* : 58-10  
A 'bad day at the office' is an apt way to describe the club's matches on Saturday - 3 games, 3 defeats.  Both the 1st XI and 2nd XI remain top of their leagues, but their their leads have been cut to 7 and 15 points respectively.  Light rain after 10 overs meant an early lunch at Friars Street, the loss of 19 overs, and a revised 54 / 47 over match.  With Mallards on 66 - 6 after 30 overs the final total of 162 off their full 54 overs was disappointing, and very similar to Sudbury's innings in the away fixture earlier in the season.  By batting all the overs a respectable score was achieved and in reply the Talbots were soon 5 - 2.  All the middle order got off to a start but only young Keelan Waldock (26) and Ben Parker (18) offered any medium term resistance.  The bowling partnership of France and Bradshaw once again proving destructive, as has been the case in the EAPL for many years. A late flourish from James Poulson (20) and Dustin Melton (16) had everyone hoping for a repeat of last week's amazing victory at Burwell but it was not to be and Sudbury finished 36 runs short.  The margin of defeat for the 2nd XI was slightly less, but that's now 2 defeats in a row.  Fortunately rivals Long Melford lost and second placed Little Barfield Village have played a match more so the 15 point lead over LBV and 29 over Long Melford is still fairly healthy.  Robbie O'Donnell (3 - 40) was the pick of the bowlers in Tuddenham's 223 - 5, but despite good knocks from Dale Brett (47), Steve Witham (35) and Joe Harvey (34) the team ended up 21 runs short.  Two week's ago Melton St Audrey amassed 332 in their home match against the 3rd XI. In the return match on Saturday there was no repeat of this scoreline, but our visitors still came out on top in a fairly low scoring match.  It was good to see Steve Martin (35) back from injury, but the side's batting was hampered by the early injury to Andy Holness (12*).  Congratulations to Natasha Wilson who made her senior league debut for the club behind the stumps. The side remain bottom of the league and need to get some victories under their belt fairly soon.  The Sunday XI won their rain affected match against Stansfield with plenty to spare - 50* not out from both Ben Reece and young Ben Duncan (his maiden senior half-century), and 3 - 12 from Morgan Waldock being the highlights.

Week 12 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 8 July 1st XI EAPL Burwell Away Won 186-9 : 185-10* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Haverhill II Home Lost 131-10 : 168-10*  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Halstead III Away Lost 113-10* : 114-2  
Sun 9 July Sunday XI Friendly Castle Hedingham Home Won 166-6* : 152-10  
  Senior T20 Suffolk Cup Copdock Away Lost 180-6* : 184-2  
To those people who find cricket "boring" may I suggest that they start watching Sudbury 1st XI.  The match away against Burwell on Saturday took a relatively standard path until lunch (Burwell 145 - 3) but then 7 wickets fell in 19 overs (Huggins 6 - 34, Batch 3 - 14) leaving the Talbots requiring 186 to win.  At drinks the score was 54 - 2 and looking reasonable, 16 overs later at tea it was 83 - 6 and looking not so reasonable, and at 128 - 9 entering the last hour of the match the mood amongst the Sudbury supporters was one of 'doom and gloom'.  Fortunately Dustin Melton, assisted by Jonny Gallagher (9* and 44 dot balls), had other ideas and decided to lift the spirits of the Sudbury players and supporters, many of whom couldn't sit still so continued a procession of trudging around the boundary until the end of the match, and hit 69* off 35 balls (five 4's, six 6's) to see the side home - it was amazing to watch. The win was made even better with the news that Swardeston had lost at Horsford so Sudbury remain top of the EAPL but now with a 29 point lead.  The 2nd XI also remain top of Two Cty Div 3 but their lead has been reduced to 27 points following their second defeat of the season to Haverhill II.  Ben Tippett's 6 - 31 limited the visitors to 168, but in reply only Jonny Amos (35) and Billy Moulton-Day (34, and on his return from injury) made any significant contributions in a disappointing 131 all out.  After losing the first game of the season away at Haverhill the 2nd XI went on a 10 match winning run, so a repeat of that in the second half of the season will see them crowned as Champions and Stuart Whitehart's team will be determined to bounce back next week.  The short trip to Halstead III for the 3rd XI produced a haul of only 2 points which leaves the team at the bottom of Two Cty Div 7.  A total of 113 (Andy Holness 36) was comfortably reached by Halstead for the loss of just 2 wickets.  On Sunday the Senior T20 lost their final qualifying match away at Copdock so finish on 27 points which Copdock may equal when they complete their matches, in which case the team to qualify for finals day will be determined by 'net run rate'.  Not a bad effort, by all accounts, with only 8 players - Darren Batch scored 55 before retiring.  The Sunday friendly victory against Castle Hedingham was achieved courtesy of fine efforts by the Quin boys - Alex top scored with 40 and James returned 4 - 22.  Just like the T20 side, the team only had 8 players.  Hopefully next week will see the return of several missing players which will strengthen all the sides, but availability for all clubs becomes an issue at this time of the season with holidays approaching - let's hope the Talbots are not too badly affected this year. 

GOOD BYE and GOOD LUCK  to James O'Brien
Saturday will see JAMES O'BRIEN play his final match of the season for Sudbury before moving to New Zealand where he will combine playing and coaching cricket with working at the Kookaburra sports company. James has spent the last two winters in New Zealand and now has potential plans to settle down the other side of the world.  James joined the club's Junior Section in 2004 and made his Senior debut in 2006, and has scored 4,141 runs in 233 recorded Senior Matches.  He established himself as a regular member of the 1st XI in 2014 and has captained the U/19, Sunday 1st XI and Senior T20 sides, whilst also being voted Player of the Year in 2014.  Good luck James in you new adventure.

DUSTIN MELTON at Chelmsford - Tuesday 4th July
Congratulations to Dustin on his 'Player of the Match' performance representing a combined EAPL and Essex Premier League side against the Essex Eagles T20 squad on Tuesday night.   Urged on by a large contigent of vociferous Talbots, Dustin took 2 - 26 in his four overs.
June 100 Club Winners
£75 John Brampton,  £50 David Shropshire,  £25 Andrew King

Week 11 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Fri 30 June Ladies T20 Mistley Away Lost Sudbury conc  
Sat 1 July 1st XI EAPL Swardeston Away Lost 267-8* : 270-8 Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Exning Home Won 310-4* : 135-10  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Melton St Audrey Away Lost 195-10 : 334-3*  
  4th XI Friendly OBH School Staff Away Lost 132-10 : 198-7*  
Sun 2 July Sunday XI Friendly Gosfield Home Lost 256-6* : 260-9  
Despite losing the top of the table clash away at Swardeston, the 1st XI reached the half way point of the season sitting on top of the EAPL with an 8 point lead.  Put into bat, their innings was based around a patient but invaluable 122* from Darren Batch who was at the crease for all but two balls of the 64 overs. Helped by Ben Reece (46) a reasonable total was achieved and although Poulson got the wicket of the dangerous Lambert with the first ball of Swardeston's innings, a stand of 163 between the aggresive Taylor and more restrained Reynolds put Swardeston firmly in control.  However, cricket has always been known for 'game changing moments' and aided by two run outs, Swardeston lost 4 wickets in 2 overs before creeping over the line with 3 balls of the match left.  The side bounced back well from their only other defeat of the season at Frinton so hopefully next week's trip to Burwell will see a similar result.  The 2nd XI batsmen enjoyed themselves at Friars Street against a very young Exning 1st XI and amassed 311 - Joe Harvey 86, Dale Brett 79 and Robbie O'Donnell 57 sending the ball to all ares of the ground with great regularity.  Exning offered little resistance and Stuart Whitehart's side won by 176 runs.  Ben Hyett returned figures of 4 wickets for 1 run to clean up the tail.  Half way through the season and the 2nd XI have a very healthy 37 point lead at the top of Two Cty Div 3 - keep it going lads.  Spare a though for chairman and 4th XI captain Louis Brooks who spent most of Saturday morning making sure that the 3rd XI had eleven players for their match away at Melton St Audrey following a 'record' number of drop outs since Tuesday's selection.  Melton's first wicket didn't go down until 200 had been reached and their total of 334 - 3 proved far too much for a much changed 3rd XI from the week before.  Debutant Gourav Arora bowled 12 overs for 2 - 93 and contributed 29 with the bat - not bad in his first match for many years - but despite Andy Holness making 61 the side suffered a 139 run defeat which leaves them one place above the bottom rwo in Two Cty Div 7.  As a result of so many changes to the 3rd XI, Louis could only take 8 players to Old Buckenham School for the 4th XI Friendly against OBH Staff, who themselves only had 9 players, but the 'get the game on' spirit prevailed and despite losing by 66 runs the team enjoyed another match and fine hospitality.  On Friday, the Ladies closed their season by unfortunately having to concede their away match at Mistley due to a lack of players - now where have we heard that before !!   The Sunday friendly against Gosfield saw several Sudbury players guesting for our visitors and with their help they passed Sudbury's total of 256 with five balls to spare.  'Lady of the Match' was young Lucy Amos who returned 4 - 21, whilst with the bat it was good to see Mark Warbrook hit a fine 43 helped by both Dustin Melton and Jonny Amos who reached their half-centuries before retiring.


Week 10 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Fri 23 June Ladies T20 Colchester Home Lost 110-5 : 143-3*  
Sat 24 June 1st XI EAPL Horsford Home Won 118-4 : 117-10* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Woolpit II Away Won 283-7* : 140-9  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Halstead III Home Won 217-4* : 210-8  
  4th XI Friendly Old Chelmsford V Away Lost 195-8 : 199-4*  
Sun 25 June Sunday XI Friendly Helions Bumpstead Home Lost 244-4* : 246-9  
Winning is a habit, and this week the 3rd XI joined in to make it 3 league wins out of 3 on Saturday.  At Friars Street, the 1st XI recorded a reasonably comfortable victory against Horsford, their first ever win against the Norfolk side, to remain top of the EAPL - now 21 points above Swardeston who they meet next weekend as the half-way point in the season is reached.  Dustin Melton took four wickets for the second week running (4 - 27) and skipper Tom Huggins hit a fine 74* to finish yet another game before tea !  Behind the stumps, Adam Mansfield claimed another 5 victims making a total of 30 EAPL victims in just 9 matches (29 caught, 1 stumped) - a superb effort.  The 2nd XI extended their lead at the top of the Two Counties Division 3 to 36 points with a convincing win against Woolpit II - Matt Pears 83, Dale Brett 64 and Robbie O'Donnell 55 enjoyed themselves with the bat, and Robbie grabbed another five wicket haul (5 - 35).  Skipper Willie Amos with 109 lead the way for the 3rd XI to beat Halstead III in a close game at Lavenham, helped by Phil Halliday claiming 4 - 57, which now moves the team out of the bottom two in Division 7.  Apparently the real highlight was Toby Butcher's catch which got better and better as the evening in the bar progressed !  The 4th XI travelled to Chelmsford and just fell 4 runs short in a thoroughly enjoyable match which saw the youngsters do all the running, leaving the senior players to rest their weary bodies.  Skipper Louis Brooks' 63 was not quite enough to see a victory but it's great to see so many players enjoying playing the odd game once again.  On Friday the Ladies put on a fine performance against the strong Colchester Ladies in front of a good crowd - many of whom remained at the club in the evening for the PINCHOS PARTY - thanks to Sarah, Lauren, Pete and the Social Committee for organising another most enjoyable evening.  The Sunday friendly against Helions Bumpstead ended in a final over defeat by 1 wicket - well done to several Sudbury players who 'guested' for the oppostion to make sure that the game took place.
Not many club cricketers have the honour of playing at the 'home of cricket' - Lords - but on Friday June 23rd JAMES POULSON achieved that for the second time when he represented Cambridge University in the annual Varsity Match against Oxford.  Unfortunately the Light Blues fell just short of victory but it was certainly a day that James and his family will remember for many years.
James has just completed his Teacher Training year at Homerton College, Cambridge so it's now time to move into the 'real world' - congratulations James, and good luck.


   He may have spent quite a lot of time on Saturday afternoon putting
    pressure on both the Sudbury 1st XI bowlers and batsmen, but after
    the game West Indies fast bowler Tino Best took time out for a chat
    with 9 year old Junior Talbot Ben Thomas.  Ben is a 'cricket fanatic'
    and is an extremely promising young player, and decided that he
    couldn't miss the opportunity to talk to Tino about how to improve his
game and ask what he would need to do to make his dream of representing England one day come true. 
Thank you Tino for taking the time to make a young lad very happy.

Week 9 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Thu 15 June Senior T20 Suffolk Cup Shotley Pen Away Won 209-2* : 129-6  
Fri 16 June Ladies T20 Eight Ash Green Away Won 124-1 : 120-5*   
Sat 17 June 1st XI EAPL Mildenhall Home Won 133-5 : 127-10* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Bury St Ed II Away Won 226-7* : 179-8  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Sudbourne Hall Away Lost 139-10* : 142-4  
After last weekend's 'hickup' the 1st XI returned to winning ways on Saturday but not without a bit of a scare when they were 15 - 3, a similar scenario to that against Copdock in their previos home match.  Dustin Melton's 4 - 34 and another fine fielding performance restricted Mildenhall to 129, but at the start of Sudbury's innings West Indies international Tino Best produced a quick opening spell to put Sudbury's reply in early danger.  Stabilising innings from Darren Batch and Ben Reece repaired the situation, but it was James O'Brien with 52* who stole the show with a repeat performance of his innings against Copdock two weeks ago.  The 1st XI's lead at the top of the table is now 26 points above Swardeston who moved above Great Witchingham into second place.  Not to be outdone, the 2nd XI have now opened up a 23 point lead above Long Melford at the top of the Two Counties Division 3 after beating third placed Bury St Edmunds 2nd XI. Robbie O'Donnell's 76 helped the side to a respactable 226 - 7 and he followed that up with the ball by returning 5 - 49, certainly a "Man of the Match" performance.  Unfortunately the 3rd XI couldn't make it three out of three on Saturday, and their long trip to Sudbourne Hall resulted in a defeat which leaves them just one place off the bottom of Division 7.  Dave Hinchcliffes' late cameo of 3 - 11 couldn't save the day.  On Thursday the Senior T20 side made in 5 wins out of 5 in their return fixture against Shotley Peninsular, despite playing with only 9 men.  Half centuries for Ryan Vickery and James O'Brien, and 3 wickets for Ryan Vickery eased the side towards Finals Day in September.  The Ladies also won on Friday away at Eight Ash Green and they play their final home game of the season next Friday 23rd June against Colchester.  Enjoy the sunshine and also enjoy looking at the League Tables !

Sudbury v Martin Family Match Group Photo at the end of the match

Week 8 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Thu 8 June Senior T20 Suffolk Cup Shotley Pen Home Won 240-2* : 109-10  
Fri 9 June Ladies T20 Copford Away Lost 78-4* : 82-2  
Sat 10 June 1st XI EAPL Frinton on Sea Away Lost 232-8* ; 234-7 Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 L Bardfield Home Won 201-8* : 96-10  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Felixstowe & C Home Lost 195-9* : 198-6  
Sun 11 June Sunday XI Friendly Martin Family Home Won 216-2* : 183-10  
All good things must come to an end and the 1st XI's fantastic seven match winning run was ended away at Frinton on Saturday.  Unavailability meant a few changes to the normal side but a respectable 232-8 was scored after skipper Huggins won the toss and elected to bat.  Ben Parker (42) and Ben Reece (32) put on 71 in the middle of the innings before both departed within three balls.  In reply, James Poulson (3 - 46) struck in the first over and after 7 overs had figures of 3 - 13.  Unfortunately the dangerous partnership of Comber and Young couldn't be broken until they had put on 162 with some ferocious ball striking.  The 1st XI remain top of the EAPL by 21 points from Great Witchingham who have moved into second place above Swardeston who have yet to win an 'all day format' match.  This weekend's pride of place goes to the 2nd XI who now sit on top of Div 3 - 9 points above Long Melford.  Despite the game being delayed for nearly an hour by the need for the Air Ambulance helicopter to land on the outfield, Matt Pears (42) and Dale Brett (39) guided the side to 201 off their 45 overs, a total that was always too much for Little Bardfield.  Gareth Boon (4 - 22), Ben Hyett (4 - 31) doing the main damage, helped by an interesting 2 overs from Jony Amos (2 - 8) that contained 4 wides !  Despite Charlie Phillip's 65 in his first match for several years and Toby Butcher's 41, the 3rd XI's total of 195 was chased down by Felixstowe & Corinthians with 2 overs to spare.  This result leaves the 3rd XI one place off the foot of the table, but the team are enjoying their cricket and a few wins will quickly improve that situation.  A good start to the weekend with a fourth successive victory for the Senior T20 side in Thursday's Suffolk Cup match.  Half centuries for Ben Reece, Ryan Vickery and skipper James O'Brien (off just 13 balls) set the basis for a comfortable victory.  The Ladies returned to action on Friday but despite a much improved performance compared to the opening home match against Copford they suffered a defeat.  The weekend finished with a victory in the annual match against our main club sponsor, the Keith Martin Group.  An excellent afternoon enjoyed by all, particularly Aaron Martin who scored 69 for our guests.  Once again, a huge thank you to Jackie Martin and her family for their tremendous support of the club.

Unfortunately the Sat 4th XI Match Away on Saturday at HARWICH has been Cancelled.
A fairly unique reason - Travellers have camped on the pitch !!

 Week 7 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Fri 2 June Ladies T20 West Bergholt Away Won Oppo conceded  
Sat 3 June 1st XI EAPL Copdock & OI Home Won 90-6  : 89-10* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Long Melford Away Won 149-10* : 135-10 Yes
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 MIldenhall IV Away Lost 103-10 : 142-10*  
Sun 4 June Sunday XI Friendly Ipswich Home Won 208* : 173-10  
They say that "winning is a habit" and that certainly is true for the Sat 1st and 2nd XIs at the moment.  At home, the 1st XI needed only 90 to win but at 16 - 4 in the thirteenth over the home supporters in a very good sized crowd weren't looking too confident.  James O'Brien (30) arrived at the crease and immediately started to put bat to ball and the impetus changed in two overs that accrued 20 runs.  With Ben Reece (30) supporting at the other end the fifth wicket put on 43, by far the highest partnership of the day, which allowed the Talbots to reach their target with 4 wickets left.  Pick of the bowlers was Dustin Melton (5 - 21).  A comment from the umpires at lunch is worth quoting - "Sudbury are the best fielding side they have seen in the EAPL for years" - a view echoed by many of my fellow scorers this season.  The win makes it 7 out of 7 and a 30 point lead has been establisted at the top of the EAPL.  Not to be outdone, the 2nd XI won their local derby against top-of-the-table Long Melford - a win which moves Stuart Whitehart's team into 2nd place in Div 3 of the Two Counties, only two points behind  new leaders Bury St Edmunds.  Another low scoring game played out in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd saw Sudbury home by 14 runs - Jonny Amos (39) and Stuart Whitehart (5 - 33) leading the way.  The 3rd XI's trip to Mildenhall ended in a 39 run defeat - Charlie Thomas (3 - 34) and young Alex Quin (19) performing well. Another victory on Sunday for Dustin's mixture of old and young - they really do enjoy their matches.  Allan Macdiarmid (54*), James Elsey (51*) and young Morgan Waldock (4-20) were the pick of the statistics, accompanied by some very acrobatic fielding and  interesting wicket-keeping techniques !  In the coming week, Friars Street plays host to Suffolk Over 60s versus Norfolk Over 60s on Tuesday (1pm start) and Thursday night sees a Senior T20 Suffolk Cup match against Shotley Penninsular (6pm start).

ANNUAL GOLF DAY - Friday June 2nd
       Twenty One 'golfers' took part in the Annual Golf Day on Friday at Newton
       Green Golf Club and despite the efforts of the rain, thunder and lightning in
       the final hour of the afternoon round, all the players returned unharmed to
       the clubhouse - some a lot wetter than others.  Thanks to Ted Clarkson for
       organising the event and to Newton Green GC for hosting and looking after
       us in their normal excellent manner.  We look forward to returning next year.
      Green Jacket (18 hole Stableford) - Ben Hyett (44 pts), Bryce Hurrell (43),
                                                                  Allan Macdiarmid (41)
                                    Texas Scramble (9 hole)                 - Bryce Hurrell, Stef Marks and
                                                                                                John Macdiarmid (32.8)

May 100 Club Winners
£75 Ted Clarkson,  £50 Chris Jamieson,  £25 John Hooper

Bank Holiday Monday KWIK CRICKET TOURNAMENT, and Louis Brooks presenting Streatham's captain with the MOM Award for the first 4th XI Match for many years
CRAFT BEER NIGHT, and SUDBURY ALL STARS with Adam Mansfield (Suffolk Captain)
Week 6 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Fri 26 May Ladies T20 Mistley Home Won 111-6* : 87-10  
Sat 27 May 1st XI EAPL Bury St Edmunds Away Won 270-4* : 89-10 Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Halstead II Home Won 288-5* : 89-10  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Battisford Home Won 138-10* : 108-10 Yes
  4th XI Friendly Streatham Home Lost 205-7 : 236-7*  
Sun 28 May Senior T20 Suffolk Cup Hadleigh Away Won 225-4* : 152-9  
  Sunday XI Friendly Chappel & WC Home Lost 164-6* : 165-9  
Derby Day Double as both the 1st and 2nd XIs had very convincing victories against local rivals.  The change of EAPL format to the standard All Day game didn't affect the 1st XI's fantastic start to the season and a sixth consecutive win was comfortably achieved.  After a delayed start Sudbury were invited to bat and always dominated. Darren Batch (73*), Adam Mansfield (62) and Ben Reece (52) all made half-centuries and with the ball Jonny Gallagher returned excellent figures (9.1 - 4 - 18 - 5) as the Talbots eased home.  With Swardeston only able to earn a draw, Tom Huggin's men now sit proudly on their own at the top of the EAPL Table with a 100% record and a maximum 155 points.  The 2nd XI gained revenge for a recent run of damaging defeats against rivals Halstead II by cruising home.  Batting first the side reached 287-5 with star performer Robbie O'Donnel on 83* at the end - including 6 maximum's in one over.  Pity the bowler and the pavilion roof which was regularly under attack.  Ben Hyett took 4 wickets in Halstead's reply, and the side remain in 3rd place but only 6 points behind leaders Long Melford who they visit next week.  The 3rd XI were not to be outdone and recorded their second victory of the season and sit mid-table.  Louis Brooks finally fielded his 4th XI for a Friendly against touring Streatham (London).  The 'emergency services' weren't required although the skipper reported that many of his side were aching before the match so what they will be like the day after is anyone's guess.  A very enjoyable match with Louis Brooks (41) and Toby Butcher (40) proving that they can still hit a ball.  The weekend started with a victory for the Ladies at home against Mistley - the effort that the girls are putting into training on a Thursday night is showing dividends.  Sunday saw a third straight T20 victory in the Suffolk Cup for James O'Brien's team away at Hadleigh and a close defeat for the Sunday XI in a game that reached a fine conclusion despite the efforts of the rain - both sides, and particularly the captains, deserve fine praise for the spirit in which the game was played.  Off the field, the CRAFT BEER night organised by Mark Warbrook and his Social Committee was once again an excellent evening combining some interesting beers with a BBQ and muiscal entertainment, and Bank Holiday Monday saw the the club at its best - organising a KWIK CRICKET TOURNAMENT for around 100 excited Juniors.  Many words of praise have been received from visiting teams and Mandy Poulson and her team of helpers must be congratulated for their superb organisation.

Week 5 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Fri 19 May Ladies T20 Colchester Away Canc    
Sat 20 May 1st XI EAPL Gt Witchingham Home Won 123-0 : 121-10* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Wivenhoe II Away Won 113-1 : 112-10*  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Worlingwoth Home Canc    
Sun 21 May Sunday XI Friendly Haverhill Away Canc    
  Senior T20 Suffolk Cup Hadleigh Home Won Oppo conceded  
Despite the effort of the weather - both the Ladies on Friday and Sat 3rd XI matches were Cancelled - the club saw fine wins for both the 1st and 2nd XIs.  After the first round of 5 matches of the 50 Over format in the EAPL the 1st XI have a 100% record and proudly sit at the top of the League Table - alphabetically above Swardeston who also have maximum points.  In the last two matches Tom Huggin's side have beaten previously unbeaten sides and move on to the All Day format in fine shape. Once again very tight and effective bowling and ground fielding saw Gt Witchingham all out in 47.2 overs for just 121 - it should have been less , but 6 catches were put down.  Three wickets each for Tom Huggins (3-18) and Dan Poole (3-32) who was given the opportunity to turn his arm over for the first time in the EAPL due to the missing opening duo of Dustin Melton and Billy Moulton-Day.  In reply, Tom (73*) and Adam Mansfield (42*) reached the required total in only 22.5 overs and just before the heavens opened, which denied the scorers the opportunity to implement Duckworth Lewis for the first time !  Away at Wivenhoe II, the 2nd XI cruised to victory by 9 wickets.  Gareth Boon was the star bowler returning 7-41, and in reply Will Shropshire (65*) and Matt Pears (32*) comfortably saw the side home in 25 overs.  With the two teams at the top of Division 3 having their match abandoned, the league table could make interesting reading when it is compiled as the 2nd XI have now won 4 out of 5.  Unfortunately both Sunday Matches have been cancelled - Hadleigh are unable to raise a team for the T20, and Sudbury cancelled the match at Haverhill for the same reason prior to knowing that the T20 was off which would have made other players available - spare a thought for Andy Holness, Fixture Secretary.


It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of the passing away of Peter Sloan.  Peter played for the club in the 1970s and 80s, opened the batting for the first team and played with players still playing today. He guided players like Chris Cook, Andy Simmons, Geoff Hurrel and Dave Warden in the early stages of their Sudbury careers.  He would support and watch the Talbots right up to his later years and will be missed by all at Sudbury CC. Condolences to Mary, Kirsty and all the family.

Week 4 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Fri 12 May Ladies T20 Eight Ash Green Home Won Oppo conceded  
Sat 13 May 1st XI EAPL Cambridge Granta Away Won 201-4 : 199-9* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Brockley Home Won 234-7* : 188-10  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 East Bergholt Away Lost 133-10* : 134-3  
Sun 14 May Sunday XI Friendly Edwardstone Home Lost 237-7 : 265-8*  
Now four out of four for the 1st XI.  Depsite missing Dustim Melton and hindered by an injury to Billy Moulton-Day during the match the side continued their winning ways at previously unbeaten Cambridge Granta.  Excellent performances from skipper Tom Huggins (111*), Darren Batch (56), Billy Moulton-Day (3-11 before injury) and Adam Mansfield (5 catches, 1 stumping) saw the side home with 1.4 overs left.  Next week it's Great Witchingham at Friars Street and they also have a 100% record. The 2nd XI have found their winning formula and now have three victories in a row.  Joe Harvey's 96 saw the side reach 234 - 7 in their alloted 45 overs, and then spin king Ben Tippett 's 6-58 and Stuart Whitehart's 3-33 eased the side to a comfortable victory.  The 3rd XI couldn't continue their bright start from last week and were well beaten at East Bergholt despite Chris Cook's 46, and Allan Macdiarmid returning 3-33.  On Friday the Ladies recorded their first victory of the season - gained by opponents Eight Ash Green conceding the match.  He may not be able to bowl at the moment but Sunday's Friendly XI captain Dustin Melton can certainly bat - he amassed 162 against Edwardstone but even that was not enough to prevent a defeat in a high scoring match.  Dan Soborg with 3-23 was the pick of our bowlers.


Sudbury CC is very sad to hear the news of the passing of Tony Catley of Exning CC. Tony was a stalwart of the game in this area and will be missed by all.  Our condolences go out to all of his family at this difficult time.

Week 3 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Fri 5 May Ladies T20 Copford Home Lost 11-10* : 13-3  
Sat 6 May 1st XI EAPL Norwich Home Won 208-9* : 163-10 Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Mistley II Away Won 182-4 : 181-9*  
  3rd XI Two Cty 7 Woolpit III Home Won 235-4* : 191-10  
  4th XI Friendly Woodbridge II Home Canc    
Sun 6 May Sunday XI Friendly Milden Home Canc    
Three out of three for the 1st XI and joint top of the league - fantastic start to the season for Tom and his team.  Also three out of three for all the League sides on Saturday as both the 2nd and 3rd teams gained fairly comfortable victories.  For the 1st XI, Ben Reece (62*) and James Poulson (4-36) were the star individuals, joined by Dale Brett (71*) for the 2nd XI,  Willia Amos (113), Chris Cook (57) and Phill Halliday (4-57) for the 3rd XI.(Please Note - the 2nd XI scorecard for the Sudbury innnings is not correct at the moment).  The Ladies first game of the season is probably best forgotten but the girls remain in good spirits and are training hard.  Unfortunately the Saturday 4th XI's anticipated first game was cancelled, as was Sunday's friendly.  Both due to the fact that the opposition couldn't raise a team.  Saturday Night's VP Evening was a great success with around 70 VPs, Sponsors, and Handbook Advertisers plus players filling the Pavilion.  Many thanks to Ted Clarkson and Toby Butcher for their efforts in organising the event. 

April 100 Club Winners
£75 Ian Park,  £50 Gary Martin,  £25 Jim Carnegie

Week 2 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 29 Apr 1st XI EAPL V Mallards Away Won 139-10* : 119-10 Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Tuddenham Home Won 203-1 : 202-7*  
  3rd XI Friendly Twinstead Away Lost 214-8* : 217-5  
Sun 30 Apr Sunday XI Friendly Wickham S P Home Won 234-8* :160-8  
Mon 1 May SenT20 Suffolk Cup Copdock Home Won 129-9* : 82-9  
After four years of trying, the 1st XI finally won an away EAPL match in Norfolk.  A low scoring match on a difficult wicket, but the value of batting out all the 50 overs proved invaluable.  This was followed up by some controlled and disciplined bowling and fielding, resulting in major celebrations at the end.  Two wins out of two matches and joint top of the table - an excellent start.  At Friars Street, fine knocks by WIll Shropshire (98) and Keelan Waldock (78*) saw the 2nd XI to a comfortable victory against Tuddenham, whilst the 3rd XI lost an enjoyable friendly match at Twinstead - Dale Brett (65 retired) being the star performer.  It's now 3 wins out of 3 for Dustin Melton's Sunday Friendly XI - what a brilliant job he is doing in introducing youngsters into senior cricket.  On Monday it was the turn of the Senior T20 side under James O'Brien's leadership to secure the fourth victory of the weekend - a comfortable win including some fine bowling figures.

St George's Day Country Fair
Friars Street has rarely been as full as on Sunday when nearly 1500 people (1498 to be exact) entered through the Golding Gates to attend the St George's Day Country Fair which was centred at our ground.  In fact the whole of Quay Lane was busy with people participating in 'taster sessions' at the various sports clubs sited down the lane.  Both Cricket and Hockey sessions featured in our nets, and like the BBQ, Tea/Coffee/Cake stall, and the Bar, they all had queues of people throughout the day.  It could have been warmer but it didn't rain and wasn't too windy.  The club received high praise from the Sudbury Market Town Partnership (the organisers) for our cooperation and organisational skills, and in turn the club must thank our President, Ted Clarkson and his Fund Raising Committee for their efforts.  Too many other individuals to personally thank - the club can be very proud of its performance on the day.
Week 1 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 22 Apr 1st XI EAPL Burwell Home Won 178-4 : 174-8* Yes
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Haverhill Away Lost 231-7* : 236-5  
  3rd XI Friendly West Bergholt Away Won 118-1 : 116-10*  
Sun 23 Apr Sunday XI Friendly Ipswich Away Won 224-9* : 148-8   
Nearly a clean sweep on the opening weekend of the season including a very positive start for new skipper Tom Huggins and the 1st XI in their first 50/50 overs game in the EAPL.  Runs for Tom (61) and Ben Reece (53*) comfortably chased down Burwell's 174 which always looked below par due to some fine controlled bowling from the Sudbury bowlers backed up by two run outs.  The 2nd XI suffered a final over defeat at Haverhill despite half-centuries from Matt Pears and Joe Harvey on his debut.  Highlight of the weeekend must be young James Quin taking a hat-trick (the first wicket being caught by his brother Alex) in the 3rd XI's Friendly at West Bergholt.  This helped restrict our opponents to 116 all out, and Sudbury won by 9 wickets - Dale Brett (55*).

Opening Friendly Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores
Sat 15 Apr 1st XI Friendly Wivenhoe Home Won 215-1 : 214-10*
  2nd XI Friendly Great Shelford Away Lost 220-10*  : 222-4
Sun 16 Apr Sunday XI Friendly Twinstead Home Won 292-10* : 145-10

Sudbury CC has been busy in the 'transfer market' during the winter months and we extend a warm Talbot welcome to BEN PARKER (from Hadleigh), CHRIS CLEVERLEY, GARETH BOON, DALE BRETT, STEVE MARTIN and JOE HARVEY (all from Long Melford), and finally to DAN POOLE (from Haverhill) and we trust that they are all successful on the field and that they also enjoy their off field times at Friars Street.  GUY ROBINS is also returning to Sudbury afer a brief 'sabbatical' at Bury St Edmunds.  Moving in the other direction are NATHAN POOLE (to Preston Nomads CC, Brighton) and HARRY WRIGHT (joining a club in the Liverpool & District League) - our best wishes for the future to both of you, and we hope to see you back at Friars Street sometime during the season.

WAITROSE BAG PACKING  -  Saturday April 15th
Many thanks to all the young and not so young helpers for their efforts on Saturday morning, especially to Lisa Thomas for organising the event.  Our appreciation also to both WAITROSE and their generous Customers.  Over £525.00 was raised by the Junior Section and hopefully not too many eggs were broken ! 

All SENIOR Players must Register with the Club before they can play in the EAPL and Two Counties Leagues this season and also before they can take part in Senior Net Sessions and Friendly Matches if they wish to be covered by the club's Member-Member Insurance.  If you haven't already registered, please see 'CLUB FORMS' and download, complete, sign and return the 'Senior Mens Section Membership 2017' form to as soon as possible.  Those players who are categorised as Under 18 (born after 31 August 1998) must complete a Junior Section Membership Form rather than the Senior Section Form if they similarly wish to play and net - forms available from

CLEAR UP DAY - Many thanks to those who attended on Saturday morning to get the ground ready for the start of the season in two weeks time
SUDBURY CRICKET CLUB is delighted to announce that it will be taking part in the ECB's new National Cricket Programme aimed at five to eight year olds.     



     Watch the Introduction to All Stars Video         Register with Sudbury - £50.00 per Child

Our All Stars programme will begin on Monday 22 May and lasts for eight weeks, ending on Monday 10 July.  All Stars Cricket is a brand new initiative from the ECB aimed at providing children aged five to eight with a great first experience in cricket. The programme will be delivered across England and Wales and Sudbury will be one of over 1,500 fully accredited All Stars Cricket centres.  It is a fun and active way to develop your child’s skills, and through our eight-week programme they will learn lots – as well as make new friends – in a safe and inclusive environment.  All girls and boys are welcome, and each registered child will receive a pack of cricket goodies including a cricket bat, ball, backpack, water bottle, personalised shirt and cap to keep so that they can continue their love of cricket when they go home.  The All Stars programme is being incorporated into the club's Junior Section programme that starts in April.  By signing up to All Stars with Sudbury the child also becomes a member of the Junior Section of the club and can participate in the normal Monday night coaching sessions starting on April 10th - see Junior Section Page.                     


Once again an excellent evening at the Masonic Hall on Saturday night, and thanks to Louis Brooks and his helpers for their organisation. Good food, good speaker - Simon Hughes, and most importantly - good company.  Congratulations to all the Award Winners, and a special mention for Club President, Ted Clarkson, who was made an Honorary Life Member which was appropriately recognised by a standing ovation from all those in the hall.
Award Winners : Clubman   -   Lisa Amos,    Player - Darren Batch,    Improved - Jonny Amos,
Old Git - Willie Amos,    Chairman's Trophy - Tom Park,    Life Member - Ted Clarkson

March 100 Club Winners
£75 Alan Baker,  £50 Andy Dodds,  £25 David Heigham
Annual Dinner Grand Draw
£200 Pat Alston

Latest News  -  U/19 T20 BLAST 2017 - Suffolk 
Sudbury Talbots are in the Central Crew League and will play against 
Hadleigh Hurricanes (Home & Away)     Copdock Crusaders (once)       Bergholt Bears (once) 
The matches are scheduled to take place between May 1st and August 20th 2017 and include
two Home and two Away Matches.  Finals Day will be at Bury St Edmunds on Monday August 28th.

SATURDAY 10:00am

 MALCOLM LUKEY  -  The Memorial Service held for Malcolm at
 Nayland on Wednesday March 15th was well attended, particularly
 by many ex Talbots.  According to Chairman, Louis Brooks, many
 of them would love to be able to play one more game for the club
 as memories of fond times at Friars Street and in particular with
 Malcolm came flooding back.   
 RIP Malcolm.

Many thanks to ANDY DODDS for organising the annual BOWLS NIGHT on Saturday 21st
- an evening of good company and food, but maybe the 'bowling' needs some improvement !

SENIORS  -  Start Sunday February 12th at Great Cornard, 10:00 - 12:00
JUNIORS  -  Start Saturday January 21st at Sudbury Sports Centre, 10:00 - 12:00

New Net facilities at Sudbury Sports Centre

The STATISTICS and ARCHIVES pages are now up-to-date with all 2016
figures - see where you stand in the club rankings since 2000.

Many thanks to all the young and not so young helpers for their efforts on Saturday morning, and of course our appreciation to both WAITROSE and their generous Customers.  Nearly £550.00 was raised by the Junior Section and hopefully not too many eggs were broken !  Star of the show was Tom Park who was on packing duty for all 4 hours.


Following the December Meeting of the new Management Committee I am pleased
to announce the following
Coaching Appointments for Season 2017 : 

    Men's Section Senior Coach     -     Darren Batch             1st XI Squad Coach       -      Tom Huggins

   Junior Section Head Coach       -     Phil Halliday              General Club Coach      -      Dustin Melton

   Elite Nets Coach                          -    Adam Mansfield        Ladies Coach                 -      tba   

By announcing these appointments the club has established a more structured approach to coaching throughout the club and all coaches, including our fine list of volunteers, will assist and cooperate with each other when and where appropriate.  The Coaches are there to help players at all levels so please use and support them, and discuss with them how you can improve your game. 
Always remember that 'Practice makes Perfect'.
   Louis Brooks, Chairman

Many thanks to MARK WARBROOK for organising last Saturday's 'Xmas Ruby Murry' at the
India Restaurant- a very enjoyable night and a perfect way to start the Season's Festivities

The Club's 229th Annual General Meeting was held at the Club on Monday
November 14th, and the Club Officers, Committee Members and Captains
for 2017 are detailed on the relevant pages of this website.


The final placings for Senior Stats for the 2016 Season across all Senior Matches
including Cricket Week and Suffolk Cup are as follows :
James O'Brien 1294   Dustin Melton 47
Darren Batch 1022   Ben Hyett 36
Keelan Waldock 964   Ben Reece 35
Dustin Melton 888   Phil Halliday 33
Will Amos 735   Alan Macdiarmid 32

League AGM Updates
EAPL  -  2017 format will be 5 matches of 50 overs per side format, followed by 11 matches of the existing 120 over match format (64/56), and finally a further 6 matches of 50 over format. Full details will be issued soon, but all matches will start at 11:00am and the 50 over matches will have a 45 minute break between innings for a 'meal' which will be more than a standard 'tea' (eg. cold buffet)
TWO COUNTIES - Div 1, 2 and 3 teams to have their players registered on Play Cricket to fall in line with the other EAPL feeder leagues. This may result in a move away from SportsStatz to Play Cricket for all Fixtures and Results.  Matches in April will start earlier, and the end of season 'early start' will be moved forward from the beginning of September to mid August.  Presentation Dinner is on Saturday November 26th at Hintlesham Hall.

New Suffolk Captain
Many congratulations to ADAM MANSFIELD on his appointment as the new captain of Suffolk's Minor Counties side.  Adam succeeds Tom Huggins who has taken on a full-time coaching role at Essex CCC, and at 25 is one of the county's youngest ever skippers - we wish him every success.

A reminder to club members and visitors - the Stour Trust car park (first one next to the tennis courts)
may be used by club members and visitors as the club is now an authorised user.

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