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EAPL Champions
2018

Two Counties Fixtures 2019

The Two Counties Fixtures have been released and the Talbots opening matches are :
2nd XI     Sat April 20th      COPFORD                Away
 3rd XI      Sat May 4th         SAXMUNDHAM       Home

The full fixtures are on the FIXTURES tab


Annual General Meeting - Monday November 19th at 8:00pm

Please refer to the Contacts page for details of the various Committee and Captain appointments
for 2018/19 that were confirmed at the AGM held on Monday November 19th.
Congratulations to all those elected / appointed and good luck for the 2019 season.


October 100 Club Winners
£75 Ian Clement,  £50 Eddie Pissarro,  £25 Sharon Holness

Click Here for Annual Dinner Booking Form  


Sudbury Cricket Club' Clubmark Accreditation confirmed

The Club has received confirmation from the ECB that its Clubmark Accreditation has been renewed for a
further 3 years.  Many thanks to Anne-marie Shropshire and her assistants who organised and researched
all the various material that was required.  See Certificate

Sudbury Cricket Club receives "Sporting Achievement Award"

The Club was represented by Tom Huggins, Darren Batch and John Mallett at the "Stars of Babergh and Mid-Suffolk 2018 Awards Ceremony" held at St Mary's Church, Hadleigh on Thursday night, and the Club was selected as the winner of the "Sporting Achievement Award" for Babergh.  Another fine tribute to all the members, players, coaches and committee in a memorable year.  A full report with photographs will appear in the East Anglian Daily Times one day next week. 


EAPL Fixtures 2019

The EAPL Fixtures for 2019 have been released and the Talbots opening matches are :

Sat April 20 Cambridge Granta Home 50 Over
Sat April 27 Great Witchingham Away 50 Over
Sat May 4 Vauxhall Mallards Home 50 Over
Sat May 11 Burwell & Exning Away 50 Over

The full fixtures are on the FIXTURES tab


September 100 Club Winners
£75 Pauline Connor,  £50 Jim Carnegie,  £25 John Bampton


Baby Huggins

Many congratulations to Sarah and Tom on the birth of their second daughter Maisie
who weighed in at 9lb, and is a sister for Poppy.


SUDBURY RETAIN EAPL TITLE
Read the EAPL website article by Clicking Here


End of Season Pitch Renovation

Before the ground staff start their end of season pitch renovation of Scarifying, Top Dressing with Loam and Re-Seeding the club has engaged the services of Parkers Pitches to Fraze Mow the square as the first stage of trying to remove the 'hump' that has developed over the years.  This may take a few years to fully achieve and the process involves removing varying levels of soil from the top surface in the middle of the wicket and then building up the ends of the wickets which will also improve drainage.

 


WEEK 22 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Sept 15 1st XI NORWICH Home EAPL Won SUD 323 - 6*   NOR 200 - 10 
  2nd XI HAVERHILL Away Two Cty 2 Won SUD 250 - 6   HAV 247 - 6*

The perfect end to a fantastic season for the Club arrived at 5:12pm on Saturday when James Poulson held a catch in the deep to claim the final Norwich wicket and seal a 123 run victory, 25 points and the EAPL Championship for the second season in a row.  The scenes and celebrations amongst the players was equalled by the large crowd of spectators, and although the result means that Norwich finish bottom of the league and must play their Semi-Final Play-Off match today, our visitors were full of praise for Sudbury's achievement and very magnanimous in defeat.
Tom Huggins won the toss and elected to bat first and Sudbury's innings followed an almost perfect pattern.  The first wicket didn't fall until 134 shortly after the half-way drinks interval (Huggins 76) and another century partnership was put on for the second wicket before Adam Mansfield was bowled to end his excellent and well deserved innings of 108.  Darren Batch (68) was Adam's partner and he took up the challenge of increasing the tempo of the innings and he was followed by the middle order as the last 7 overs of the innings yielded 99 runs in a final tally of 323.  In reply, Norwich were soon one down but then a fine partnership between Jack Newby (105) and captain Will O'Donnell (48) briefly threatened to challenge Sudbury's huge total.  When Newby reached 78 he became the highest scoring batsman in a season in the history of the EAPL - a fine innings from a fine player - but after O'Donnell had been bowled by Huggins, Newby never found a partner that could hang around for very long and a score card that shows four ducks tells the story as Norwich were all out in 38 overs.  Excellent figures from Billy Moulton-Day (3 - 21) and Tim Johnston (3 - 19) as they took regular wickets - cue the celebrations !!
Not to be outdone, the 2nd XI travelled to already promoted Haverhill and returned victorious by 4 wickets.  Batting first, Haverhill posted a very respectable 247 - 6 with Andy Simmons taking 3 - 68, but stand in skipper Will Shropshire and his side were not content just to play a supporting role in the match and reached their target with 4 balls to spare.  Shropshire (89), Jonny Amos (42*) and Steve Martin (62*) all batted superbly and Martin's three 6's at the end clinched the victory.
So another season comes to an end, and like last year, 2018 will stay in the memory of all those people connected with the club for many years.  Whilst the 1st XI may take the plaudits, it is the whole Club that can savour the success as Chairman Louis Brooks rightly commented on at the Players Website Awards Dinner on Saturday night.  An evening full of high spirits, laughter and emotions.  A fantastic way to end the season for a fantastic club.  Congratulations and Thank You to everyone associated with the club - wInter well and see you next year.


Season Stats (all Senior Matches with one week left)

Runs Wickets Fielding Catches Keeper Dismissals
Tom Huggins     1065 Ben Hyett              56 Darren Batch              15 Adam Mansfield        24
Will Amos             984 Tom Huggins        44 Morgan Waldock        11 Phill Halliday               9
Darren Batch        723 Charlie Thomas    37 Kenny Moulton-Day   10 Dale Brett                    9

 


WEEK 21 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Sept 8 1st XI CAMBRIDGE GRANTA Home EAPL Won SUD 242 - 10*   CG 193 - 10 
  2nd XI CLACTON-ON-SEA Away Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 97 - 10   CLA 135 - 10*
  3rd XI BARDWELL Away Two Cty 8 Lost SUD 128 - 10   BAR 221 - 6*
Sun Sept 9 Sunday TWINSTEAD Home Friendly Lost SUD 186 - 4   TWI 200 - 10*
Back to winning ways for the 1st XI as they secured the 25 points to make sure that they keep 1 point ahead of Swardeston (who beat Vauxhall Mallards) going into the final match of the season next weekend against Norwich.  If they win that game the EAPL Trophy will stay at Friars Street for another year.  Put into bat and following a slightly delayed start which resulted in a 48 over a side match the side found themselves 37 - 4 after 11 overs but fortunately skipper Tom Huggins was still there and looking in fine form.  Helped first by Kenny Moulton-Day (24) and then Tim Johnston (58), Tom was the sixth wicket to go having reached 81, and then Ben Reece (21) helped the attacking Johnston put on the third successive half-century partnership of the innings enabling the side to finally post a competitive 242.  In reply, Essex player Michael Pepper looked in excellent form but the breakthrough came in the 12th over when Darren Batch was introduced to the attack.  After his first 3.1 overs Darren's figures were 3 - 15 and his third wicket was the all important one of Pepper (39) and the joy of the side and realisation that victory was now likely was very evident as the team celebrated seeing the stumps broken as Pepper was bowled.  The Granta innings never really recovered sufficiently and very tight bowling from all of the Sudbury bowlers resulted in Granta being all out 49 runs short of their target as Ben Reece (2 - 2) took the final two wickets with his fourth and fifth balls of his only over.  Two wickets also for Huggins (2 - 40) and Johnston (2 - 46) plus 3 - 29 for Batch and 1 - 41 for Poulson, but credit to Jonny Gallagher who without taken a wicket bowled superbly for 0 -34 off his 10 overs and the pressure he exerted on the batsmen with his control meant that they had to take on the other bowlers which in turn led to the wickets falling.  A fine team performance backed up by some high standard fielding and let's hope it is repeated next week.
Not such an enjoyable nor productive day for the 2nd XI as they visited the seaside at Clacton-on-Sea, but the 5 points that they gained guarantees that they will remain in Div 2 for next season even if 3 teams get relegated thoughout the Two Counties League structure depending on promotion to and relegation from the EAPL.  They restricted their hosts to 135 with Ben Hyett (4 - 34) and Dan Poole (3 - 53) doing the main damage, but in reply only Alex Quin and Steve Witham reached the 20 mark.  Once again it appears that some dubious decisions didn't help the side as they finished up just short of gaining any batting points with the last 5 wickets going down for just 8 runs.
The 3rd XI lost their final match of the season away at league champions Bardwell.  Two wickets for Morgan Waldock (2 - 39) but the target of 221 proved beyond the Talbots despite good contributions from Will Amos (34) and Natasha Wilson (26*).  Skipper Toby Butcher can be very pleased with his first season in charge, and in particular the development and improvement of so many young players who have been guided on their way into senior cricket by some experienced old heads.
The Sunday XI under the captaincy this year of Keelan Waldock also played their final game when they entertained Twinstead but lost by 14 runs.  Two wickets each for Jonny Amos, Morgan Waldock and Ben Duncan, and Morgan followed his bowling efforts with another 50* helped by his elder brother Keelan (39) and Andy Holness (29), but despite 13 off the last over the overs ran out leaving our local friends the winners.
With only two teams playing next Saturday there should be a bumper crowd down at Friars Street to cheer on the 1st XI, and the match will be followed by the Players Dinner from 8:30 pm.

On Sunday the Talbots had four players representing Suffolk Over 60s in the Seevant Bowl Final at Ipswich - Colin Walters, Simon Halliday, Guy Robins and Dave Hinchcliffe.  Despite runs for Colin (42) and Guy (25) the side finished just 1 run short of Berkshire's total of 214 in their 45 overs, but congratulations to all the Suffolk players for a fine season, who like the senior Suffolk Minor Counties side that has been captained by Adam Mansfield this year, the team got so near but not quite near enough.

August 100 Club Winners
£75 Toby Butcher,  £50 Peter McGowan,  £25 David Stenson


WEEK 20 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Sept 1 1st XI MILDENHALL Away EAPL Lost SUD 125 - 10   MIL 180 - 10* 
  2nd XI MILDENHALL II Home Two Cty 2 Won SUD 219 - 6   MIL 218 - 5*
  3rd XI TWINSTEAD Away Friendly Won  SUD 254 - 6*   TWI 67 - 10
Sun Sept 2 Sunday MARTIN FAMILY Home Friendly Won SUD 210 - 7*   MAR 138 - 10
Back-to-back defeats for the 1st XI sees them still at the top of the EAPL but their 41 point lead of two weeks ago has been reduced to a single point, so the equation is quite simple - win the last two matches and the title remains at Friars Street.  Bowling Mildenhall out for 180 (Tom Huggins 4 - 31, James Poulson 3 - 31) was a fine effort and with the side's batting strength, gaining the victory appeared a fairly straightforward task but at 14 - 4 in reply the task looked far from straightforward.  Last week's batting hero Kenny Moulton-Day (53) played his normal attacking game and with Ben Reece (37) put on 48 for the seventh wicket before Kenny was out the ball after he had reached his half-century. James Poulson who with Kenny last week put on a stand of over one hundred unfortunately couldn't repeat last week's heroics and the side was all out for 125 with only Kenny and Ben reaching double figures.  Mildenhall, who remain third in the league, have now completed the double over Sudbury and both beat and drew with Swardeston.  The gaining of bonus points (6 last week and 5 yesterday) has proved invaluable - it is still in our hands with two home games left, Cambridge Granta and Norwich.
The 2nd XI had an excellent win at home against Mildenhall II, chasing down the 218 posted by our visitors for the loss of 6 wickets.  Dan Soborg with 3 - 58 was the main wicket taker and after a poor start to their innings, Sudbury re-built their reply with Matt Pears (38), Dustin Melton (55), Jonny Amos (42) and Steve Witham (31) setting it up nicely for skipper Stuart Whitehart to score the winning run with ten balls left.  The side remain in eighth place in Two Cty Div 2 with 230 points - a fine return for their first season in Div 2.
With no league game, the 3rd XI played a friendly at Twinstead and secured victory by 187 runs.  Will Amos (90) and young Morgan Waldock (72, and his first senior half-century for the club) piled on the runs in the Talbots' innings before Ben Duncan (3 - 9), Dan Fisher (2 - 5), James Quin (2 - 2) and Morgan Waldock (2 - 1) ran through the Twinstead innings.  The side play their final league match next week away to Bardwell.
A very enjoyable day was had by the Sunday XI in the annual match against our superb main sponsor THE KEITH MARTIN GROUP, and the club won the game by 72 runs.  Skipper Keelan Waldock retired on 51* in Sudbury's innings, before younger brother Morgan took 3 - 30 and Ben Duncan 2 - 4 in the Martin Family's reply, for whom Jonny Amos scored 73*.  Thanks to Jackie Martin and her many helpers in providing a superb tea and for supporting the day.
Finally, congratulations to WORLINGTON who secured their place as Two Cty Div 1 Champions yesterday and they will now compete in the EAPL Play-Offs once the League Season is completed.

WEEK 19 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Aug 25 1st XI SWARDESTON Home EAPL Lost SUD 245 - 10   SWA 302 - 4*
  2nd XI IPSWICH & E S Away Two Cty 2 Won SUD 173 - 8   IPS 171 - 10*
  3rd XI COPFORD II Away Two Cty 8 Won SUD 301 - 6*  COP 212 - 10
Sun Aug 26 Sunday COPDOCK & O I Home Friendly Canc Match Cancelled 
Records are there to be broken and the 1st XI's quite remarkable record of never having lost an EAPL 50 Over format match since the format was introduced in 2016 (a total of 18 matches) was finally broken on Saturday when they were beaten at Friars Street in match no 19 by their main rivals Swardeston by 57 runs.  Swardeston elected to bat and were in early trouble at 19 - 2 but Callum Taylor (74) started the recovery aided by a very quiet Joe Gatting whose first 23 runs all came in singles.  Once Taylor was out, Gatting then took control on his way to 160* (9 fours and 11 sixes).  A score around 250 looked a reasonable target with six overs left and the score on 210 but Gatting powered 47 runs off the final two overs as the Talbots were reminded of his similar brutal effort in 2016 when Sudbury had their opponents on 22 - 7 before he scored 118 which helped Swardeston to victory by 4 runs.  In reply, most of Sudbury's top order got started but nobody could push on and when the rain forced a 30 minute interlude the side were 146 - 7 and in danger of not securing any batting bonus points.  Kenny Moulton-Day (61) and James Poulson (68) had other ideas once play resumed and went on the attack and if they could have stayed at the crease the target of 303 could have been achieved.  Once Kenny was out at 212 - 8 with 9 overs left James continued to score quickly but the 104 run partnership had been broken and Swardeston cleaned up the tail leaving the Talbots 57 runs short.  The 6 bonus points gained leaves the side 21 points clear with 3 games to go, so the chase for the title is still in Sudbury's control.
The 2nd XI gained the victory that effectively guarantees Division Two cricket next season when they won away at bottom club Ipswich & E S by 2 wickets.  Without skipper Stuart Whitehart the side was lead by Steve Witham and once spinners Ben Hyett (4 - 51) and Andy Simmons (3  - 39) got to work Ipswich's innings never gained any real momentum and the total of 171 was reached by Sudbury with 8 overs to spare.  A fine start between Keelan Waldock (43) and Will Shropshire (34) formed a solid foundation and despite a slight middle order stutter, captain Witham (31*) lead the team to victory.  The win leaves Sudbury in 8th place on 213 points, and unless relegation from and promotion to the EAPL results in three sides being relegated within the Two Counties league structure the side cannot finish in the relegation places - an excellent season in their first year back in Division Two.
The 3rd XI had a comfortable victory away at Copford II with Chris Cook leading the way with 112 in the side's 301 - 6 off their 40 overs.  Chris was accompanied by Will Amos (79) in a superb first wicket stand of 179 and a quick 34 from Tom Park helped set a formidable target.  In reply Copford came up against the fine crop of young Talbot bowlers, plus of course the not so young Guy Robins (3 - 68).  Two wickets each for Morgan Waldock (2 - 59) and Arthur Burns (on his debut 2 - 4), and the victory moves the side up to fourth in Two Cty Div 8 with just one league match left.
Unfortunately the rain that was forecast for Sunday duly arrived meaning the home friendly against Copdock was Cancelled, and with no fixtures on Bank Holiday Monday the next cricket at Friars Street is the National Over 60s Seevant Bowl Semi-Final on Tuesday starting at 12:30 between Suffolk (lead by Colin Walters) and Cambridgeshire.

  

  Finally a huge thank you to Phil Halliday who stepped up to
  assist Assistant Groundsman Andy Dodds in preparing
  both the wickets and the ground for the last two weekends
  whilst David Oakes was away on holiday.  As the photo 
  shows Phil had great fun, and it was very much "toys for
  the boys" as he used every bit of machinery that Andy would
  let him loose with ! 


 
Congratulations to ADAM MANSFIELD on equalling the record number of
dismissals in a season for Suffolk - click here to read the Suffolk Free Press article.

WEEK 18 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Aug 18 1st XI VAUXHALL MALLARDS Away EAPL Won SUD 244 - 6*   VM 124 - 10
  2nd XI LITTLE BARDFIELD Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 198 - 10  LBV 203 - 8*
  3rd XI TWINSTEAD Away Friendly Won SUD 206 - 6*   TWI 138 - 10 
  4th XI OLD CHELMSFORDIANS V Away 13:00 Canc  
Sun Aug 19 Sunday GENTS OF SUFFOLK Home Friendly Won SUD 213 - 6*   GOS 167 - 10
The long trip into Norfolk on Saturday proved no disadvantage for the 1st XI as they comfortably beat Vauxhall Mallards to retain their 40 point lead over Swardeston as they head towards next Saturdays 'top-of-the-table' clash at Friars Street.  Asked to bat on a very strange looking wicket, which actually played a bit better than it looked, the Talbots lost Adam Mansfield fairly early but Tom Huggins (33) and Darren Batch went about their business of building the innings before Batch was forced to Retire Hurt having received another blow to the finger that caused him to also Retire Hurt at Frinton a few weeks ago.  Martyn Cull replaced Batch and stabilised the rest of the innings with an excellent knock of 79* as the other batsmen accelerated the innings, in particular Tim Johnston (42).  The final total of 244 was always going to be a difficult challenge for Mallards even though Sudbury were without the bowling services of Gallagher, Poulson and Melton.  Apart from opener Matthew Plater (62) only two other Mallards' batsmen reached double figures as a comfortable 120 run victory was secured as bowlers Ben Reece (3 - 30), Tom Huggins (2 - 13), Billy Moulton-Day (2 - 29) and in particular Stuart Whitehart (who stepped up from his role of 2nd XI captain to fill some of the bowling vacancies) with 2 - 20 had almost complete control of the match.  Once again the efforts of the bowlers were backed up by some fine fielding.  Four matches now to go of which three are at home, starting with the 'big one' next week.
At Friars Street the 2nd XI ended just 5 runs short of the victory that by all accounts they deserved and would have achieved but for some very dubious LBW decisions in their reply, notably against Dan Poole who having scored a superb 106 was denied the chance of steering the team to victory with over 3 overs left.  Wickets fell regularly in Bardfield's innings with Charlie Thomas taking 3 - 58, but in reply only Poole and Steve Witham (29) made a score beyond 20.  The disappointment of defeat was lessened a little when the team heard the news of regular skipper Whitehart's wickets for the 1st XI.
With the withdrawal from the league of Eye & District, the 3rd XI played a friendly at Twinstead and ran out comfortable victors by 68 runs.  Batting first, Will Amos (61) and Morgan Waldock (41) saw the team to 206 in their 40 overs, and then handed over to the the young bowlers to reduce Twinstead to 138.  Ben Duncan with 4 - 34, Bella Fairs 2 - 40 and Tom Park 2 - 6 taking the honours.
Sunday's Friendly against the Gents of Suffolk brought victory number three of the weekend with our visitors ending 46 runs short.  Skipper Keelan Waldock's 53 at the start of Sudbury's innings and Allan Macdiarmid's hard hitting 48 at the end saw the team close their innings on 213 and in reply only Wormington's 42 really threatened.  Young Morgan Waldock (3 - 35) ended that particular innings and with Charlie Thomas 3 - 32 carrying on from his three wickets on Saturday, victory was duly achieved.
So only 4 weeks left, and what a final 4 weeks they could be.  Fortunately cricket matches are not won or lost on paper and many combinations of joy and despair are possible before the ground is put to bed for the winter.  There's no better place to follow the team's fortunes than watching the matches at Friars Street - the players always enjoy playing in front of a good crowd and next Saturday against Swardeston obviously is the 'big one' and a perfect match to start the run in with.

WEEK 17 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Aug 11 1st XI GREAT WITCHINGHAM Home EAPL Won SUD 257 - 8*   GW 212 - 7 
  2nd XI EAST BERGHOLT Away Two Cty 2 Won SUD 188 - 10*   EB 145 - 10 
  3rd XI DUNMOW II Home Two Cty 8 Canc  
Sun Aug 12 Sunday CHAPPEL & WAKES COLNE Away Friendly Won SUD 286 - 3*   CHA 141 - 10
Two from two on Saturday meaning that the 1st XI retain their 40 point lead at the top of the EAPL and the 2nd XI now look secure for next season in Div 2 of the Two Counties.
A Friars Street, Great Witchingham won the toss and put Sudbury 1st XI in, which after the rain on Thursday and Friday was the obvious decision and when Tom Huggins was adjudged caught behind in only the third over also looked a very good decision.  Adam Mansfield (58) and Martyn Cull (37) then stabilised the innings in a fine stand of 84 but it wasn't long before the side found itself 133 - 6 with almost 20 overs left.  The seventh wicket stand between Tim Johnston (57) and James Poulson (62*) changed the game and the innings closed on a very respectable 257 - 8 after 50 overs.  Over the years Witchingham's openers have regularly dictated how their innings would take shape, and it was no surprise to see a fine opening stand of 79 between James Spelman (35) and Sam Arthurton (60).  A moment of fine fielding by Ben Parker and indecision by Spelman saw the fall of the first wicket and Witchingham's innings never really recovered as the required run rate gradually increased.  Only Brett Stolworthy (46) and Andy Handby (25) tried to keep the score on track with a fifth wicket stand of 41. That first wicket was the first of three run outs from Ben Parker, and on a more forgiving outfield than the recently baked surfaces, the quality of Sudbury's fielding was a highlight.  Where Sudbury had regularly been able to run two, Witchingham were content to just take a single - a point that was made on many occasions by the visitors and their supporters throughout their innings which ended 45 runs short.  A fine return to 1xt XI duty from Billy Moulton-Day (2 - 53) and some miserly figures from opening bowlers James Poulson (1 - 37) and Jonny Gallagher (0 - 27) from their 10 overs.
A third win from their last four matches keeps the 2nd XI securely in 8th place in the league as they ran out victors by 43 runs away at East Bergholt.  A fine 64 from opener Keelan Waldock was backed up by Dale Brett (30) and Jonny Amos (33) before Bergholt's final bowler took over and claimed 7 - 43 with his "dibbly-dobblers" which restricted the Talbots to 188 all out. At 61 - 2 off just 9 overs Bergholt's reply seemed well set but the introduction of spinners Ben Hyett (5 - 46) and Andy Simmons (3 - 34) totally changed the direction of the game as wickets fell at regular intervals as the tail showed little resistance.  With just five matches left, Sudbury have a 55 point lead over the relegation places and skipper Stuart Whitehart must feel extremely content with his side's efforts this season.  Sudbury's only other season in Div 2 after promotion in 2014 ended in relegation after one season.
Unfortunately the downpours on Thursday and Friday left the ground at Lavenham far too wet for any play so the 3rd XI match at home to Dunmow was cancelled.

WEEK 16 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Aug 4 1st XI HORSFORD Away EAPL Won SUD 230 - 8   HOR 227 - 9*
  2nd XI LAKENHEATH Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 185 - 10   LAK 212 - 10*
  3rd XI COGGESHALL III Away Two Cty 8 Won SUD 152 - 4   COG 151 - 10*
  4th XI TILLINGHAM Away Friendly Won SUD 185 - 10*   TIL 104 - 10
Sun Aug 5 Sun XI LEAVENHEATH Home Friendly Won SUD 275 - 5*   LEA 179 - 10
Wed Aug 1 U/19 HADLEIGH HURRICANES Home T20 Lge Lost SUD 89 - 10   HAD 149 - 4*
A return of 3 wins out of 4 matches on Saturday is a fine set of results but the drama was staged by the 1st XI away at Horsford where victory was secured off the penultimate ball of the final over.  The win means that the team retain their 40 point lead at the top of the EAPL with six matches left.  Tom Huggins won the toss and invited Horsford to bat as the league format returned to the 50 Over One Day Format and despite Horsford's opening batsman Chad Bowes (teammate of Tim Johnston at Canterbury, New Zealand) scoring a fine 110 it was only in the last 2 overs of the match that Horsford really went on the attack and the 31 runs added resulted in a challenging total of 227.  With Dustin Melton still unable to bowl the wickets were shared around with Tim Johnston returning 3 - 42.  Sudbury's reply was always on target at a run rate of 4.56 an over until the side started to lose wickets at regular intervals as they entered the final 10 overs.  Once Martyn Cull (55) was out the side lost 5 wickets for 43 runs in 9 overs which not only meant that the required run rate increased but the side had few wickets left.  Ben Reece took centre stage and his 28* saw the side home in dramatic fashion with Ollie Burns (1*) his partner in the final over.  Not a bad way for Ollie to finish his debut 1st XI match and to start his celebrations for his 18th birthday on Sunday.  Earlier Huggins had made 40 and whilst all the main batsmen made a start only Cull was able to post a score above the low twenties.  A 40 point lead at the top of the table is an excellent position to be in but the side now face all their main challengers in the coming weeks and will not be taking anything for granted.
Following last week's excellent victory against top of the table Braintree, the 2nd XI faced second place Lakenheath at Friars Street and a victory looked possible until the last 5 wickets of Sudbury's reply fell for 43 runs.  A fine effort in the field restricted Lakenheath to 212 with Ben Hyett 5 - 52 again in excellent form, backed up by skipper Stuart Whitehart 3 - 60.  A slow start to Sudbury's reply gradually gained impetus with Will Shropshire (31) and Joe Harvey (66) setting up a possible victory.  Unfortunately the valiant efforts of young Alex Quin and Dan Soburg at the tail of the innings weren't enough but the 9 points gained leave the side in a respectable 8th place in Two Cty Div 2.
The 3rd XI gained a fine victory away at Coggeshall chasing down the required 152 runs in just 37 overs.  Bowling first it was the youngsters who did the damage with Morgan Waldock (4 - 24) and Lucy Amos (3 - 30) in fine form.  Chris Cook's 42 and skipper Toby Butcher with 57* saw the side home, and the win cements the side in 4th place in Two Cty Div 8.
The third victory of the day was secured by the 4th XI in their friendly away at Tillingham.  The scorebook shows that Sudbury's innings was dominated by 101* (retired) from WIll Ponsford and a return of 3 - 9 from skipper Paul Edwards secured victory by 81 runs.
A comfortable victory for the Sunday XI against Leavenheath with three 'retired not out' knocks by skipper Keelan Waldock (50*). Dan Soburg (53*) and Kenny Moulton-Day (50*) follwed by wickets for Allan Macdiarmid (3 - 21) and Alex Quin (3 - 30).
Finally, the Junior Section held a highly successful Kwik Cricket Tournament on Friday night with eight sides competing in two age groups.  Many thanks to Junior Head Coach Phil Halliday and his band of helpers who kept everything ticking over very smoothly despite the intense heat.

 
Six-a-Side Winners - Bardwell Jonny Gallagher being presented with his Suffolk Cap Kwik Cricket Tournament
Friday 3rd July
   

July 100 Club Winners
£75 Jo Miller,  £50 Mark Platt,  £25 Anita Martin


WEEK 15 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat July 28 1st XI FRINTON-ON-SEA Away EAPL Draw SUD 207 - 8   FRI 226 - 7* 
Report
  2nd XI BRAINTREE Home Two Cty 2 Won SUD 251 - 9*   BRA 224 - 10
  3rd XI IPSWICH & ES II Home Two Cty 8 Won SUD 52 - 0   IPS 51 - 10* 
  4th XI BURES Away Friendly Lost SUD 74 - 10   BUR 287 -10*
Sun July 29 Sun XI HAVERHILL Home Friendly 13:30 Cancelled
The club returned to League cricket duties on Saturday following a very successful Cricket Week and duly gained 2 excellent victories and 1 draw.  The 1st XI travelled to Frinton but the overnight and early morning storms meant a delayed start of 13:40 and a reduced match of 46 / 40 overs.  With the side missing the bowling talents of both Dustin Melton and Jonny Gallagher it was down to Darren Batch (4 - 47) and Tim Johnston (2 - 76) to do the damage as Frinton scored 226 in their alloted overs.  The rate of 5.67 an over was certainly a challenge and when Adam Mansfield (41) was out in the twenty-first over with the score on 101 it looked like Sudbury were favourites to chase the total down.  As Batch had already retired with a badly bruised finger, Martyn Cull (57) and Kenny Moulton-Day (43*) continued the chase but once Cull was out wickets fell at regular intervals and Moulton-Day played out a final over maiden to secure the draw.  The 9 points gained leave the side with a reduced 40 point lead over Swardeston - still a very healthy position with 7 games left and the format now reverts to 50 overs (maximum 25 points for a win).
Pride of place must go Stuart Whitehart's 2nd XI who beat league leaders Braintree at Friars Street.  Fine knocks from Keelan Waldock (35), Matt Pears (47), Jonny Amos (31), Steve Witham (68) and Whitehart (34) saw the side post a very espectable total of 251, and once the bowlers got to work to remove the top half of Braintree's batting order the last five batsmen only scored 23 between them as Billy Moulton-Day (3 - 52), Charlie Thomas (2 - 64) and in-form Ben Hyett (5 - 67) cleaned up.  A fantastic victory and one that should help secure the side's place in Div 2 for next season as they hold a 36 point lead above the relegation zone.
The 3rd XI gained a 10 wicket victory over rivals Ipswich & East Suffolk at Lavenham in a match that only lasted 36 overs.  Skipper for the day Guy Robins used his bowlers to maximum effect with Tom Park (3 - 3) and Morgan Waldock (3 - 1) in particularly devastating form.  Great to see Steve O'Brien making an appearance for the side whilst back in the UK on a visit over from his new residence in France.  Allan Macdiarmid (26*) and Chris Cook (22*) quickly chased down the 52 runs required, and the victory moves the side up to fourth place in Div 8.
No details are available on the 4th XI's match at Bures except that the side suffered a heavy defeat.
The final event of Cricket Week was held on Saturday Night in the Marquee with Phil Halliday hosting his "DIY  70s / 80s DISCO" - great fun, excellent music to bring back many memories to the 'older' members of the club, and a big thank-you to Phil, BBQ kings Andrew Waldock and Andy Dodds, and culinary queen Sarah Siegert.  Some wonderful outfits were on display - did people really wear clothes like that back then !?!

CRICKET WEEK  July 23 - 27

Date Opposition Result Scores
Mon July 23 GRAMMARIANS Draw SUD 281 - 1*   GRA 183 - 5
S Halliday 61*  C Walters 71*  W Amos 66*
G Robins 2 - 30   J Hurell 2 - 27
Tue July 24 SYMANTEC OLD BOYS Draw SUD 274 - 4*   SYM 273 - 8
J O'Brien 102   A Macdiarmid 101*
A Macdiarmid 3 - 49   B Duncan 2 - 32   T Park 2 - 38
Wed July 25 CAVENDISH XI Lost SUD 284 - 10   CAV 355 - 8*
A Quin 64   J Amos 45
D Batch 3 - 39   A Lawrence 2 - 55
Thu July 26 MELTON'S ALL STARS Won SUD 350 - 6   DMAS 349 - 6*
R Vickery 98   J Gallagher 75
B Reece 2 - 64
Fri Jul 27 SUDBURY - ACTON - TWINSTEAD 11:00 T20 Competition
Winners - SUDBURY

WEEK 14 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat July 21 1st XI BURWELL & EXNING Home EAPL Won SUD 159 - 4   BUR 156 - 10*
Report
  2nd XI COPFORD Away Two Cty 2 Won SUD 247 - 10*   COP 140 - 10
  3rd XI COLCHESTER CAVALIERS Away Two Cty 8 Lost  SUD 145 - 10   COL 222 - 8*
Victories for both the 1st and 2nd XI see the sides remain in their same league positions as per last week but the 1st XI's lead at the top of the EAPL has been extended to 56 points, whilst the 2nd XI remain in ninth place.  Tom Huggins with 6 - 32 and 58 was the star of Saturday's EAPL victory over Burwell with Darren Batch 68* seeing the side home to a comfortable victory.  Despite 64 from Joe Harvey and 54 from Jonny Amos the match winner for the 2nd XI was most definitely Ben Hyett with 7 - 27 away at Copford.  The 3rd XI unfortunately couldn't make it a clean sweep losing their match away at Colchester Cavaliers which was played on a very tricky pitch at Colcheter Rugby Club's ground.
BARDWELL win 6-a-SIde Tournament on Sunday beating last year's winners
SYMANTEC OLD BOYS in the Final.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who made Sunday a success - particularly to Ted Clarkson, Toby Butcher and Phil Halliday from the Fund Raising Committee.

TONY SIMPSON

Sudbury Cricket Club would like to send our thoughts and  condolences to all the Simpson family and all at Afc Sudbury on hearing of the sad passing of Tony Simpson.  Tony played at Friars Street many times and would often be seen watching a match seeing how Sudbury were doing. Such a nice man who did so much for the whole of Sudbury.  Louis Brooks - Chairman.


WEEK 13 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat July 14 1st XI COPDOCK & O I Away EAPL Won SUD 335 - 7*   COP 234 - 10
  2nd XI COPDOCK & O I Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 193 - 7*   COP 194 - 6
  3rd XI HALSTEAD III Home Two Cty 8 Lost SUD 121 - 10*   HAL 125 - 2
  4th XI CHAPPLE & W C Away Friendly Won SUD 218 - 6*   CWC 189 - 9
Sun July 15 Sen T20 WORLINGTON Home Suff Cup Won  Oppo Conceded
A dramatic finish at Copdock on Saturday when at 7:39pm the 1st XI finally claimed the final wicket of Copdock's reply with just 2 balls of the match left.  By bowling their overs in the last hour at a quick rate Sudbury managed to gain a further over above the minimum 17, and with his fouth ball Tim Johnston had Copdock's young number 11 caught at forward short leg by Ben Parker who was immediately mobbed by his ten teammates.  Copdock's last 3 wickets fell in 5.3 overs with Dustin Melton returning 5 - 51 in three excellent spells of fast bowling, assisted by two wickets each for Tom Huggins (2 - 26) and Tim Johnston (2 - 77).  Earlier Copdock had won the toss and invited Sudbury to bat and it was soon evident that once the ball had gone past a fielder it was destined for the boundary due to the lightningly quick outfield.  Tom was able to declare after 63 overs with a massive total of 335 - 7 and whilst contributions from Huggins (51), Kenny Moulton-Day (54), Tim Johnston (35) and James Poulson (41) all helped in amassing that score, the star of the show was Ben Parker who scored his maiden EAPL century in a magnificent innings of 112*.  He reached his century with a six and the applause from the crowd and his teammates was richly deserved.  Ben is on a fine run of form with the bat - long may it contiune.  The win along with other results, notably Burwell and Frinton drawing, leaves the Talbots with a 47 point lead at the top of the EAPL, with Swardeston having regained second place.
At Friars Street the 2nd XI entertained Copdock IIs but they couldn't repeat the success of the 1st XI, losing by 4 wickets.  At one stage the Talbots were 23 - 4 after just 9 overs but patient knocks from Pete Siegert (37) and Alex Quin (32*) plus the normal onslaught from Steve Witham (51 in 23 balls) saw the team recover to 193 - 7 in their 45 overs.  The hoped for early breakthrough in Copdock's reply didn't happen but the introduction of spinners Ben Hyett (2 - 44) and Andy Simmons (3 - 57) both stemmed the flow of runs and saw wickets fall.  However, the experienced Chris Warn with 60* saw Copdock home with 1.5 overs to spare.  The side remain ninth in Div 2 and still with a fairly healthy gap above the relegation zone.
The 3rd XI couldn't repeat their success of two weeks ago when they won their Friendly against Halstead III as Halstead gained the honours in the League match in a very low scoring match at Lavenham.  Only two batsmen, skipper Toby Butcher (45) and Allan Macdiarmid (21) reached double figures in Sudbury's 121 all out in 37 overs, and this was reached in 35 overs by Halstead for the loss of just 2 wickets - both bowled by Guy Robins (2 - 17 from 9 overs).  The side remain in fourth place in Div 8.
Paul Edwards' 4th XI claimed the second victory of the day when they beat Chappel & Wakes Colne by 29 runs in a 35 over Friendly.  Batting first Sudbury reached 218 - 6 with fine knocks from Andy Holness (42), Chris Miller (34), Tom Park (53*) and skipper Edwards himself (30) before youngsters Arthur Burns (3 - 42), Lewis Miller (2 - 51) and Tom Park (2 - 27) did the main damage with the ball.  Another very enjoyable game for the 4th XI whose re-introduction as a Team last season really has helped many youngsters to gain a foothold in Senior Cricket whilst also allowing the 'not so young' the opportunity to dust down their whites, gloves and pads and experience the enjoyment of the game of Cricket once again.

WEEK 12 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri July 6 U/19 TWINSTEAD Home T20 Friendly Won Won by 2 runs
  Ladies COPFORD Home League Won Oppo conceded
Sat July 7 1st XI BURY ST EDMUNDS Home EAPL Won SUD 283 - 5   BSE 279 - 8*
Report 
  2nd XI KELVEDON & FEERING Away Two Cty 2 Won SUD 148 - 4   KEL 144 - 9* 
Sun July 8 Sun XI MALDON Home Friendly Won SUD 240 - 5*   MAL 232 - 9 
Super Saturday - both the 1st and 2nd XI won and England reached the World Cup Semi-Finals.  At Friars Street the 1st XI continued their fine form by beating our A134 rivals Bury St Edmunds in a high scoring match and credit to all the players for performing to such a high level on a scorching hot day.  The victory means that Sudbury's lead at the top of the EAPL has been extended to 38 pts as other results went in their favour.  Frinton and Burwell now share second place with previous leaders Mildenhall dropping to sixth.  Tom Huggins won the toss for only the second time this season and invited Bury to bat and at 49 - 3 the match was very much in Sudbury's favour.  However a stand of 89 gave the Bury total a boost before Dustin Melton removed Bury's captain Sean Park (56) and Josh Cantrell (35) within the space of six overs during an aggressive spell of fast bowling.  Another stand of 92 featuring Allchin (54) and Sturgeon (63) enabled Bury to post a respectable total of 279 from their 64 overs with Melton finishing with 3 - 54.  With normal opener Adam Mansfield unavailable due to work, Keelan Waldock  (6) opened with Tom Huggins (33) and at 93 - 4 with Darren Batch (21) and Kenny Moulton-Day (21) also back in the pavilion Sudbury appeared to be in a spot of trouble. Enter Ben Parker who batted beautifully for 85* and thereby posted his maiden EAPL half-century, and who with the more aggressive Tim Johnston (87) put on 149 for the fifth wicket.  Once Tim had been bowled with the first ball of the 'last hour' it was left to James Poulson (14*) and Parker to see the side home with 10 overs to spare.
Away at Kelvedon, the 2nd XI match was reduced to 30 overs each with a scheduled long break between innings to watch the World Cup Quarter-Final.  Sudbury restricted their hosts to 144 - 9 with Andy Simmons the star of the show returning 5 - 47, before contributions from Pete Siegert (24), Jonny Amos (21), Dale Brett (28*) and Steve Witham (48*) saw the Talbots home with over 4 overs left.  This win moves the side up to ninth with an important 44 points gap above the relegation spots.
An excellent friendly was played by the Sunday XI at Friars Street against Maldon with the Talbots winning by just 8 runs.  Dan Soburg (84), Jonny Amos (52*) and Andy Holness (46) contributed to Sudbury's 240 - 5 in their 40 overs whilst 2 wickets each from Ben Duncan and Allan Macdiarmid saw the side home.  An interesting note from the scorebook - not one 6 was hit during the match even though M Jones for Maldon scored 114* in their reply.
Spare a thought for the Ladies whose final match on Friday was conceded by the opposition which meant that Mistley needed 9 points in their match against League leaders Colchester to claim the runners-up spot and a place in the play-off semi-finals.  Those 9 points were gained by Mistley although they lost the match by 30 runs, so the Ladies finished in third place just a single point behind Mistley.  Congratulations to skipper Lucy Amos and her squad - a fine season with many promising performances.

DEVON v SUFFOLK    Click Here Scorecard
A fantastic effort from the Suffolk side.  The match was Tied but Devon won by losing 1 less wicket.
Well done Adam, Darren and James.
Also, congratulations to Tim Johnston on his appearance for the EAPL Representative side in
Monday night's County T20 'warm-up' match against Essex at Chemsford


June 100 Club Winners
£75 Randall Bowen,  £50 Greg Boyle,  £25 Lee Wotton


WEEK 11 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri June 29 Ladies COLCHESTER Away League Lost SUD 85 - 5   COL 132 - 3*
Sat June 30 1st XI NORWICH Away EAPL Won SUD 190 - 5   NOR 186 - 8* 
Report
  2nd XI HAVERHILL Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 260 - 8   HAV 301 - 6*
  3rd XI COPDOCK & O I III Home Two Cty 8 Won Oppo conceded
  3rd XI HALSTEAD Home Friendly Won SUD 218 - 4   HAL 214 - 8*
  4th XI EDWARDSTONE Away Friendly Lost SUD 115 - 9   EDW 249 - 7*
Sun July 1 Sun XI GESTINGTHORPE Home Friendly  Won  SUD 205 - 6*   GEST 204 -10 
Half way through the season now and the 1st XI sit on top of the EAPL with a healthy 24 point lead after their victory away at Norwich.  With Mildenhall losing, Frinton-on-Sea now occupy second place whilst Swardeston have moved up to third and 35 points behind Sudbury. Tom Huggins' brief success in winning the toss last week was obviously a 'one-off' as Norwich elected to bat first on a very dry and dusty track and it was evident early on that scoring was going to be difficult.  Only a 68 run third wicket partnership saw the bat in control and whilst Huggins (3 - 55) and Tim Johnston (2 - 47) bowled very tidely and economically it was Dustin Melton (2 - 52) who provided the fireworks with some aggresive fast bowling and he had several of the Norwich batsmen jumping around.  Requiring 187 to win at under 3.5 an over the Talbots had a poor start with Adam Mansfield out in the second over but the reliable partnership of Huggins and Batch (26) steadily built the innings.  A fine 42 from Ben Parker, who will surely get his maiden EAPL half century soon, plus some quick lusty blows from Kenny Moulton-Day and Tim Johnston saw the side comfortably home with 12.3 overs to spare and captain Huggins on 81* which meant that he had been on the field for the entire match as he 'carried his bat'.  The only blemish to a solid performance was that six catches were put down - fortunately none of them proved too costly.  Congratulations to young Alex Quin who made his EAPL debut at the age of fifteen.
At Friars Street the 2nd XI were beaten by table topping Haverhill in a high scoring match when they finished 41 runs short of the visitors' 301 from their 45 overs. Although Gareth Boon removed Haverhill's captain and danger man Adam Dellar for just 16 the next wicket didn't fall until the 31st over with the score on 181 as the batsmen dominated, assisted by a sun burnt outfield which meant that once the fielder had been beaten a boundary was a certainty.  In reply the Talbots set about their task in positive fashion as Will Shropshire (87) and Steve Martin (30) put on 92 for the first wicket.  The introduction of the spinners helped restrict the run rate although at half-way the side were well above the required run rate.  The tempo couldn't be maintained despite good contributions from Matt Pears (48), Steve Witham (32) and Pete Siegert (37*) and wickets fell at regular intervals near the end of the innings as the later order batsmen tried to get to the finish line.  The 8 points gained leave the side tenth in Two Cty Div 2 but now with a 32 point gap above the 'drop zone'.
With the 3rd XI League match against Copdock having been conceded by their opponents on Friday (Copdock's sixth concession this season, and their 2nd XI also conceded their match in Div 2 !!) the team managed to arrange a Friendly agaianst Halstead III who also had their league match (against Ipswich & E S) conceded in the same division.  Allan Macdiarmid (2 - 15) and Charlie Thomas (2 - 39) restricted Halstead to 214 off their 40 overs, but it was club chairman Louis Brooks (84) and skipper Toby Butcher (58) who guided the team home with 7 overs to spare.  Many thanks to our Essex neighbours for stepping in at such short notice and upholding the principle of 'Get The Game On'.
For the second week in a row the 4th XI made an appearance, this Saturday away at Edwardstone.  The hosts 249 - 7 in 35 overs was assisted by 45 extras despite a fine bowling return from Ben Duncan (3 - 21).  In reply only Chris Miller (20) and young Alex Ray (30) really troubled the scorers as the side finished 134 runs short of their target but a most enjoyable day was had once again by captain Paul Edwards and his side.
The Sunday XI won an excellent match against Gestingthorpe, achieving victory with just three balls to spare.  Half centuries for Andy Holness (50*) and Dan Soburg (50*) were followed by youngsters Arthur Burns (2 - 21) and Morgan Waldock (2 - 25) supporting Jonny Amos (4 - 35) in claiming the victory.  Captains Keelan Waldock and Kenny Moulton-Day made sure that the match was played in a proper Sunday Friendly fashion - competitive, sporting and with everyone invloved, including the enthusiastic crowd.  The sporting element was evident by Jonny Amos gaining revenge on Kenny Moulton-Day when he caught and bowled Kenny in Gestingthorpe's reply, having been bowled by Kenny in Sudbury's innings !!
On the Friday the Ladies lost away at league leaders Colchester but with one match remaining at home to Copford next Friday they still have a chance of finishing runners-up in the league and reaching the Semi-Final play offs.  Colchester's total of 132 proved too much for the Talbots but good performances from Alison Barlow (2 - 22) and Natasha Wilson (28*).

WEEK 10 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri June 22 Ladies EIGHT ASH GREEN Home League Won SUD 155 - 7*   EAG 63 - 10
Sat June 23 1st XI CAMBRIDGE GRANTA Away EAPL Won SUD 207 - 4   CG 204 - 9*
Report
  2nd XI CLACTON-ON-SEA Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 151 - 10   CLA 284 - 6*
  3rd XI BARDWELL Home Two Cty 8 Won SUD 103 - 0   BAR 102 - 10*
  4th XI  OLD CHELMSFORDIANS V Away Friendly Won SUD 178 - 5*   OCH 175 - 8
Sun June 24 Sun XI HELIONS BUMPSTEAD Home Friendly Canc Oppo couldn't raise a team
The 1st XI returned to the top of the EAPL following their comfortable victory away at Cambridge Granta on Saturday and with all of their closest rivals suffering defeats they have now opened up a 20 point lead over Mildenhall and a 29 point lead over third placed Frinton-on-Sea.  For the first time this season Tom Huggins won the toss and asked Granta to bat.  Jonny Gallagher struck in his first over and once Dustin Melton had claimed the prize scalp of Essex squad player Michael Pepper in the ninth over wickets fell at regular intervals.  Dustin's first 5 overs claimed 3 wickets and he finished with 4 - 78, his best return of the season.  Tim Johnston bowled a very tight opening speel of 11 overs for just 22 runs, but it was fellow spinner Tom Huggins who claimed 4 - 45 which resulted in Granta's total of 204 being at least 50 runs short of a good score.  Huggins (72) and Adam Mansfield (52) then put on their second century first wicket partnership of the season before Darren Batch (30*) and Tim Johnston (28*) saw the side comfortably home with 6.5 overs left.  Congratulations to Jonny Gallagher who makes his Suffolk Minor Counties debut on Sunday 24th when he joins captain Adam Mansfield for the three day match away against Staffordshire.
At Friars Street the 2nd XI faced an uphill task against Clacton after the visitors posted 284 in their 45 overs.  A third wicket partnership of 182 proving pivotal.  In reply Clacton's opening bowlers kept things very tight whilst claiming wickets and despite good contributions form Pete Siegert (44), Dale Brett (39) and Steve Witham (42) the Talbots were well beaten.  This defeat leaves the side one place above the 'drop zone' in Two Cty Div 2.
Result of the day belongs to the 3rd XI who had a crushing 10 wicket victory over previously high flying Bardwell.  Bardwell's batsmen had no answer to Charlie Thomas who after taking 2 wickets in the very first over ended up with figures of 7 - 43.  It was left to Lucy Amos to take a wicket with her first ball to skittle Bardwell out for just 102, a total that was comfortably reached in 27.4 overs by openers Will Amos (65) and Chris Cook (32).  This victory moves the team up to fourth place in Two Cty Div 8.
The 4th XI played their second friendly of the season when they visited Old Chelmsfordians V and returned home triumphant, winning a very enjoyable game when their opponents who needed four to win off the last ball only managed a single.  Well done to skipper Paul Edwards (30*) and his team which featured a few new faces and 'club legend' Santosh Nair (3 - 23).  Good performances also from James Clark (35*), Dave Hinchcliffe (30*) and Lewis Miller (3 - 30).
On Friday night the Ladies easily beat Eight Ash Green (who only had 8 players) in front of a large crowd - many of who were atttending the Cheese & Wine night hosted by Pete and Sarah Siegert - a very enjoyable and relaxing evening, and many thanks to Pete and Sarah for organinsing the event which was sponsored by Frontier Wines.
Although the Sunday Friendly XI  had yet another game cancelled as Helions Bumpstead couldn't raise a team, the clubhouse and ground was buzzing on Sunday as a large contingent watched the England v Panama World Cup Match.  Obvously aided by a few lagers, two 9-a-side teams were quickly assembled by Dustin Melton and Tim Johnston and the crowd continued to be entertained as bodies young and old staged a T20 match.  Tim's team won by 7 runs and credit to the youngest ever assembled 'team' of scorers - Henry and George Shropshire, Ron and Jack Batch, with possibly a little bit of guidance from grandpa.  The end of an excellent weekend that showed once again why the Cricket Club is such a great venue and family club to belong to.


A new venture for the club - Ladies Softball on Friday July 13th, 6pm - all ages and abilities
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WEEK 9 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat June 16 1st XI MILDENHALL Home EAPL Lost SUD 161 - 10*   MIL 165 - 3
Report
  2nd XI MILDENHALL II Away Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 163 - 10   MIL 206 - 7* 
  3rd XI COPDOCK & O I Away Two Cty 8 Won Copdock conceded
Sun June 17
 
Sen T20
 
BURY ST EDMUNDS
FRINTON-ON-SEA
Frinton
 
Nat T20
 
Won
Lost
SUD 196 - 4*   BSE 133 - 10
SUD 162 - 10   FRI 162 - 6* 
  Sun XI IPSWICH Home Friendly Lost SUD 180 - 7*   IPS 182 - 3
Those of you who like statistics and analysis may have noticed that the team points in the EAPL League Table have suddenly changed - Sudbury now have 1 more point than they did after Saturday's defeat, but unfortunately Mildenhall now have 2 more points and therefore lead by 2 points rather than just 1 point.  The EAPL have amended the published rules surrounding Batting Bonus points for a team batting first who Lose or Draw.  The amendment is in line with the decision taken at the league's AGM - unfortunately both the league's website and handbook are incorrect.  Basically, in the 120 over Long Format matches (64 / 56),  double Batting Bonus Points will apply to a team losing or drawing a match who bat first and will apply to the full allocation of their 64 over innings.  Prior to the amendment, only single batting bonus points had been awarded in such cases.
The fortunes of sport were very evident for the 1st XI on Saturday when after their superb victory away at Swardeston last weekend they were knocked off top spot by MIldenhall in a game that really hinged on the first 10 overs of each innings with the new ball.  Whilst Sudbury were 30 -4 after their first 10 overs, Mildenhall were 36 - 1 aided by three dropped catches that eventualy cost the side 125 runs.  A fine innings by Ben Parker (48) helped Sudbury recover from their bad start and with Tim Johnston (27), Dan Poole (28) and Joe Harvey (28) also contributing the side were all out nine balls after lunch for 161 - a consistent score at the moment for the team following 162 against Vauxhall Mallards and 164 against Swardeston.  Jonny Gallagher struck in his first over of Mildenhall's reply but the very dangerous although erratic Joe Reed powered his way to 97* and with the support of Nick Maiolo (48) our visitors reached their target just before 4pm after just 29.2 overs.  This defeat leaves the Talbots in second place and just a single point behind new leaders Mildenhall, but another defeat for Swardeston leaves them in third place and a further 13 points behind.
MIldenhall completed the double over Sudbury on Saturday when the clash of the clubs' 2nd XIs at Wamil Way was won by the home side.  Batting first, high flying Mildenhall were restricted to 206 - 7 with Andy Simmons taking 3 - 59.  In reply only captain Stuart Whitehart (37) and Steve Witham (28) really troubled the scorers and the Talbots finished 43 runs short, but remain 9th in Two Cty Div 2.
Unfortunately the 3rd XI league match against Copdock was conceded by our opponents on Friday as they were unable to raise a team.  This is a continuing and worrying trend within all forms of cricket at the moment, and whilst the 3rd XI welcome 20 points and now sit 4th in Div 8, they would have much preferred to have played their weekend cricket match.  It is also Copdock's fourth concession of the season which means that the side will have to apply for re-election into the Two Counties at the lowest level for next season.
On Sunday the club entered the National Senior T20 Cup Competition with their round of matches played at Frinton.  Sudbury met Bury St Edmunds in their 'semi-final' and ran out comfortable winners.  The highlights were Tom Huggins' 134* off 67 balls and his 5 - 14 in Bury's reply.  Young Alex Quin and Dan Soburg made their club debuts at this level and both came out of the games with great credit plus no doubt, a great deal of experience.  Both bowled 2 overs against Bury and Alex claimed a wicket with his first ball.  In the 'final' Sudbury met Frinton who had reached that stage by default as their 'semi-final' opponents Copdock had withdrawn.  At one time it looked like Sudbury were heading for a relatively comfortable victory but once the 72 run sixth wicket partnership between Darren Batch (37) and James Poulson (42) was broken Frinton seized their chance to bring back their main bowlers and the last three Sudbury batsmen only lasted 5 balls between them leaving Dustin Melton on 8* and the scores tied.  Confusion then ensued amongst the match officials as the rule book had to be consulted to determine that Frinton had won as a result of losing fewer wickets in their innings, and they now progress to the EAPL Finals Day on July 1st alongside Swardeston and Cambridge Granta.  Despite the overcast weather it was a very enjoyable day which was hosted by Frinton in their normal efficient and hospitable manner. 
The Sunday Friendly XI match at Friars Street was won by our visitirs Ipswich who passed Sudbury's 180 - 7 total with 8 overs to spare.  A fine 50 (retired) by Allan Macdiarmid for Sudbury and two more wickets for young Morgan Waldock being the highlights.
Don't forget that the Football World Cup has started and all of England's Group G matches will be shown at the club - bar will be open !!

WEEK 8 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri June 8 Ladies MISTLEY Away League Lost  SUD 113 - 5   MIS 137 - 3*
Sat June 9 1st XI SWARDESTON Away EAPL Won SUD 164 - 10*   SWA 128 - 10
Report
  2nd XI IPSWICH & EAST SUFFOLK Home Two Cty 2 Won SUD 262 - 6*   IPS 142 - 10
  3rd XI COPFORD II Home Two Cty 8 Lost SUD 210 - 8*   COP 211 - 8 
  4th XI CHELMSFORD VI Away Friendly Won SUD 143 - 4   CHE 142 - 10*
Sun June 10 Sun XI CHIPPENHAM Home Friendly Lost SUD 181 - 10*   CHE 184 - 6
The team strength and winning mentality of the 1st XI was fully evident on Saturday when they won their top of the table clash away at Swardeston and in so doing recorded their first ever victory against their Norfolk rivals.  Having gone so close in recent years the Talbots finally tasted victory in another low scoring match that was helpful to the bowlers throughout, a fact supported by nine batsmen being bowled during the day.  Without regular skipper Tom Huggins and keeper Adam Mansfield (both on work duties), Darren Batch took over the captaincy but kept up the team's 100% record of losing the toss meaning that Sudbury were invited to bat first.  A new opening partnership of Ben Parker and Keelan Waldock only lasted 10 balls before Keelan was LBW and it was evident that scoring runs was going to be difficult.  After Parker went for 10, Batch and Kenny Moulton-Day put on 70 before Kenny was finally caught for 37, having been dropped 4 times !  Darren completed his 50 but wickets fell regularly, although on 163 - 8 at lunch a competitive score had been posted.  The plan to post another 20 plus runs after lunch failed as only 2 further overs were required by Swardeston to capture the final 2 wickets leaving last week's batting hero James Poulson on 17*.  James and his opening bowling partner Jonny Gallagher soon got to work and Swardeston's batting line up, which was at full strength, soon found out how hard batting was and after 13 overs were 35 - 5.  Peter Lambert went on the attack in his normal style and threatened to repeat Joe Gatting's (Swardeston skipper and ex Hampshire and Sussex) performance of a few years ago but when he was trapped LBW by Jonny early on into his second spell with the score on 113 the Talbots grabbed back control and Jonny and James quickly completed the job, with James finishing with 5 - 27 and Jonny 4 - 42.  A fantastic effort and well deserved.  Only one black-spot on the day was that of Billy Moulton-Day only able to bowl 3 balls before his groin injury proved too much to continue which also meant that he had to withdraw from the Suffolk squad playing against Oxfordshire on Sunday.  However, that opened the way for brother Kenny to be drafted in and join Mansfield, Batch and Poulson in the county squad - many congratulations Kenny.  The victory leaves the 1st XI on top of the EAPL, 17 points clear of Swardeston and 22 points ahead of next week's opponents Mildenhall who were beaten by Frinton.
At Friars Street, the 2nd XI welcomed Ipswich & East Suffolk knowing that victory would open up a reasonable gap near the bottom of the table.  Victory was duly achieved but not without many twists and turns along the way.  Batting first and at 85 - 6 with only Joe Harvey (41) having really bothered the scorers, and with also only 20 overs left the situation looked fairly bleak.  Enter the first hero of the day, Steve Witham, who on his first appearance of the season plundered his way to 134* in just 61 balls, ably supported by young Alex Quin with 31*.   Steve dispatched the ball to all parts of Friars Street (literally) with 16 fours, and 8 sixes - destroying the bowling figures of the Ipswich bowlers on his way.  In reply, Ipswich's innings got off to the worst possible start with skipper Stuart Whitehart bowling their opening batsman first ball, but no further successes were achieved until spinner Ben Hyett was brought into the attack and in 9.1 overs he destroyed the Ipswich innings returning figures of 8 - 31.  Some fine fielding helped the cause, in particular one spectacular one handed catch by Alex Quin as he leapt some 3 feet into the air - it was more like 5 feet as the evening celebrations progressed !  The 110 run victory moves the Talbots up to ninth and a reasonable gap above the drop zone has been established.
At Lavenham, the 3rd XI posted a respectable total of 210 - 8 with another half century from Willie Amos (60) and 33* from Phil Halliday, but a match winning innings of 91 from Copford's number five batsman saw our visitors reach their target with a couple of overs to spare.  Three wickets for Charlie Thomas (3 - 40) and 2 - 34 from young Morgan Waldock not proving sufficient on the day, and the side now sit fifth in the table.
The 4th XI played their first match of the season and Paul Edwards' side returned home with a victory - Andrew Clark with 4 - 11 and Chris Miller 51* featuring in a very enjoyable friendly fixture.
The Sunday XI also enjoyed an excellent game against Chippenham who were visiting Friars Street for the first time.  Our visitors went home victorious by 4 wickets but not before captain Keelan Waldock had scored 74 in Sudbury's innings and Charlie Thomas had taken 3 - 28 in Chippenham's reply.
On Friday the Ladies suffered only their second defeat of the season away at Mistley, losing by 24 runs. Three of Mistley's top four batsman reached 25 before retiring but the total of 23 wides didn't help Sudbury's cause.  In reply, Natasha Wilson retired on 25 but the run chase lost momentum as the innings progressed.

LASER CLAY CHALLENGE NIGHT - Friday June 8th
Many thanks to Ted Clarkson and his Fund Raising Committee for organising a very enjoyable Laser Clay Challenge on Friday night when 16 teams competed for the £100 prize which was won by Bures Bangers (179 hits), followed by Bassett Hounds (123) and Norfolk & Chance (120).  A Coconut Shy, Putting Competition, Face Painting and Raffle all contributed to a very successful event, and the fine weather meant that the Bar was frequently visited !

Lucy Amos's Ladies XI in their new kit before their recent home game against Colchester.
See 'Ladies Page' for larger image

UNDER 19 FIXTURES
The Talbot's U/19 Friendly and Cup Fixtures are now available on Play-Cricket
starting Away at Twinstead on Wed June 13th.  Cup matches are against Hadleigh and Copdock.


WEEK 7 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri June 1 Ladies COPFIELD Away League Won SUD 123 - 5*   COP 62 - 9
Sat June 2 1st XI VAUXHALL MALLARDS Home EAPL Won SUD 162 - 10*   VM 99 - 10
Report
  2nd XI LITTLE BARDFIELD Away Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 161 - 10   LB 230 - 5*
  3rd XI EYE & DISTRICT Away Two Cty 8 Won SUD 144 - 2   ETE 140 - 7*
Sun June 3 Senior T20 WALSHAM LE WILLOWS Home Suff Cup Won Oppo Conceded
The 'never give up' attitute and winning mentality of the 1st XI was very evident on Saturday when they recovered from 22 - 5 after just 11 overs to beat Mallards by 63 runs, which leaves them in second place in the EAPL and four points behind Swardeston who they visit next weekend.  Skipper Tom Huggins kept his 100% record of losing the toss and Sudbury were invited to bat on a a wicket and in weather conditions that were ideally suited to the bowlers, particularly when Mallards' opening pair were Ben France (4 - 44) and Paul Bradshaw (4 - 74) - two of the league's most consistent performers and wicket takers in the history of the league.  Apart from the first over in which Tom dispatched the ball to the boundary twice, the ball dominated the bat and it wasn't until Tim Johnston (36) was joined by Keelan Waldock (22) and put on 43 for the sixth wicket that any form of a partnership developed.  Dan Poole (16) helped the score tick over but the main star was James Poulson, fresh from his Golf Tournament victory the day before, who batted superbly for 55 pushing the Talbots to 162 all out, a total that no-one could have envisaged at 11:39 when the fifth wicket fell.  Sudbury were just as dominant with the ball early on in Mallards' reply but this time the domination continued throughout the innings and Mallards were dismissed for 99 meaning a 63 run victory and 26 points.  It was Jonny Gallagher's turn to take the honours with the ball, returning his best ever EAPL figures of 6 - 32, despite having to contend with a swarm of bees down at fine leg at the start of Mallards' innings.
The 2nd XI's trip to Little Bardfield saw a return of only 5 points but the side remain in tenth place in Two Cty Div 2.  All of Bardfield's top order contributed to their total of 230 - 5 with two wickets each for skipper Stuart Whitehart and Andy Simmons.  In reply Jonny Amos (46), Chris Cook (25) and Matt Pears (22) all posted decent scores but the side finished 69 runs short.
The 3rd XI's long trip away to Eye & District resulted in a comfortable win against a club's 1st XI that only had 9 players - a very unfortunate sign of the times.  Ben Duncan (3 - 21) and Tom Park (2 - 13) were the young Talbots in the wickets this week leaving the way clear for not so young Will Amos (37) and Andy Holness (63*) - they are their scores and not their ages - to complete a comfortable victory that takes the side up to 5th in Two Cty Div 8.
On Friday the Ladies returned to winning ways with a 61 run victory away to Copford.  Another 25 retired not out for Ali Mahan aided by Penny Everett (19) and captain Lucy Amos (17) saw the side post a respactable 123 in their 20 overs, which proved too much for Copford in reply.  All of Sudbury's bowlers took wickets with only one Copford player scoring double figures.
Sunday's Suffolk T20 Cup match at Friars Street has been cancelled.  Walsham le Willows are unable to raise a team and have conceded the match.  The club will not be open on Sunday - unfortunately yet another Sunday match cancelled and no activity at the club.

ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

A very successful Annual Golf Day was held
on Friday June 1st at Newton Green and this year's
winner of the Green Jacket was JAMES POULSON
with 42 points.  Many thanks to the day's organisers
Ted Clarkson and Louis Brooks.

 


May 100 Club Winners
£75 Andy SImmons,  £50 Matthew Wooderson,  £25 Susan Park


WEEK 6 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri May 25 Ladies COLCHESTER Home League Lost SUD 98 - 4  COL 109 - 5*
Sat May 26 1st XI GT WITCHINGHAM Away EAPL Won SUD 319 - 8*  GW 149 - 10
Report 
  2nd XI EAST BERGHOLT Home Two Cty 2 Won SUD 137 - 5  EB 136 - 10*
  3rd XI DUNMOW II Away Two Cty 8 Lost SUD 127 - 10*  DUN 130 - 5
Sun May 27 Sun XI CHAPPEL & W C Home Friendly Cancelled  
After last week's below par performance from the 1st XI the team returned to winning ways and gained their first ever victory away at Great Witchingham with a fine all round team effort.  Skipper Huggins lost the toss again - 100% record so far this season - and the Talbots were asked to bat on the normal Witchingham 'road' and quickly set to work with Adam Mansfield leading the way with a run-a-ball 44.  Once Adam had gone, Tom and Darren Batch set about building another of their fine partnerships, 165 this time, before Tom was out just two short of another century (98) in the 53rd over.  Darren (74) was next to go and a succession of batsmen came and went in trying to set as high a score as possible in the last 11 overs.  Tim Johnston (29) in particular striking the ball very firmly and out of the ground on several occasions.  In reply, once James Poulson had removed the normally dangerous James Spelman with the second ball of Witchingham's innings the run chase was never on.  A much improved fielding performance aided by some very tight bowling saw our opponents settle for a draw after a handful of overs, but wickets fell at regular intervals once Arthurton was out for 30, and the last 7 wickets fell for just 76 runs.  Some fairly hostile bowling from Dustin Melton (4 - 37) and best figures so far from Tim Johnston (3 - 33) saw the team home with just 10 balls of the 56 overs left.  Scenes of fielders crowding round the bat trying to get those final wickets were very reminiscent of bygone days.  An excellent victory, and a fine game of hard fought cricket.
The 2nd XI also put in a fine performance and gained their first victory of the season.  Captain Stuart Whitehart invited visitors East Bergholt to bat first and at 70 - 1 off 14 overs that decision may have been looking a bit questionable.  However, enter spin kings Andy Simmons (4 - 31) and Ben Hyett (4 - 44) who bowled unchanged to reduce our opponents to 136 all out off 35.4 overs.  The bowlers were aided by a fine fielding performance, including an excellent run out (as I have been informed) by Jonny Amos.  Sudbury's reply started badly and at 14 - 3 off 8 overs a positive result seemed miles away.  Fortunately opener Steve Martin (54) was joined by keeper Dale Brett (50) and their 97 run partnership enabled skipper Whitehart to secure victory with 10 overs of the allotted 54 left.  The side remain 3rd from bottom of Two Cty Div 2 but a nice gap has now opened above Copdock and Ipswich who occupy the bottom 2 places.
The 3rd XI couldn't make it a clean sweep on Saturday and lost away to Dunmow II who now sit top of Two Cty Div 8 with the Talbots in mid-table.  Despite another fine knock from Willie Amos (49) the side could only total 127 in 42 overs which was reached by Dunmow in just 25 overs, but 5 wickets were taken (Ben Duncan 3 - 29) and the side never gave up against a very strong Dunmow side.
On Friday the Ladies lost their 100% record when they were beaten at home by regular league champions Colchester.  Chasing 110 to win the side needed 13 off the final over but could only score a single leaving them 12 short.  Bella Fairs with 2 - 11 was the pick of the bowlers, and fine knocks from Penny Everett (29 retired) and Natasha Wilson (25 retired) saw Sudbury in with a chance, but a tight final 4 overs from the Colchester bowlers saw them home.
With no games or events at Friars Street for the rest of the Bank Holiday Weekend enjoy the sunshine.

BANK HOLIDAY - KWIK CRICKET TOURNAMENT - CANCELLED

Due to the lack of participating teams the Kwik Cricket Tournament that was scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday 28th has unfortunately been cancelled.  The Club will make efforts to arrange a similar event later in the year, although no dates or format have yet been determined.


WEEK 5 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri May 18 Ladies EIGHT ASH GREEN Away League Won SUD 44 - 0  EAG 42 - 8*
Sat May 19 1st XI HORSFORD Home EAPL Lost SUD 138 - 10  HOR 307 - 4*
Report
  2nd XI LAKENHEATH Away Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 160 - 9*  LAK 164 - 1
  3rd XI COGGESHALL III Home Two Cty 8 Won SUD 296 - 4*  COG 166 - 10
Sun May 20 Sen T20 HAVERHILL Home Suffolk Cup Lost SUD 153 - 9*  HAV 154 - 3 
All good things must come to and end and by losing their first All Day match of the season against Horsford on Saturday, the 1st XI's amazing 26 week long run of sitting top of the EAPL is over - they now occupy third place behind Mildenhall and Swardeston. For once the Talbots didn't achieve an early breakthrough and the Horsford batsmen enjoyed themselves in the sunshine in front of a good crowd.  An excellent catch from Kenny Moulton-Day was the highlight as far as Sudbury were concerned, but their fielding standards have dropped in the last couple of weeks and hopefully that will be corrected next week.  The team didn't fare any better with the bat and apart from Tom Huggins (43), only Will Shropshire and James Poulson (both 23) really troubled the scorers.  Horsford's ex Norfolk captain Chris Brown played his first game of the season and although he is now in his early forties his class shone through with figures of 4 - 21 off 13 overs, an excellent catch and a run-out.  A tough test awaits the side away at Great Witchingham next Saturday and a victory would end a five year run of defeats and draws at that particular venue.
The 2nd XI travelled to high flying Lakenheath and suffered another heavy defeat by 9 wickets.  The 160 - 9 posted by the side featured 56 from Matt Pears helped by Jonny Amos (27) and Dale Brett (22), but a powerful 106* from Lakenheath's openener D Palmer saw the hosts home in just 33.5 overs. The side look as if they are in a mini-league at the bottom of Two Cty Div 2 with Little Bardfield Village, Copdock & OI II and Ipswich & E S so the matches against those sides could prove crucial at the end of the season.
The 3rd XI take pride of place for gaining their first victory of the season at Lavenham against Coggeshall III.  A 200 run opening partnership between Will Amos (118*) and skipper Toby Butcher (82) set the perfect foundation for a total of 296 - 4 off the side's alloted 45 overs.  In reply the side took regular wickets (Lewis Miller 3 - 25, Phil Halliday 2 - 12, and Charlie Thomas 2 - 25) and secured victory by 130 runs, so at least there was one happy side back in the bar at Friars Street on Saturday night.
Lucy Amos' Ladies team are the best performing side in the club andf maintained their 100% record by beating Eight Ash Green away on Friday night by 10 wickets.  Two wickets each for Lucy, Bella Fairs and Alison Barlow left openers Liz Spencer and Alison Barlow a fairly simple task of chasing only 44 for victory which they did in just 11 overs.
On Sunday, Haverhill gained revenge for their Suffolk Cup Final defeat last season with a 3 wicket victory with 3.4 overs to spare.  It has been difficult for the Talbots to field a team of comparable T20 strength to last year as all the games this season have taken place on a Sunday when at least 4 of our players have been on Suffolk duty.  Only Kenny-Moulton Day and Dustin Melton from the regular 1st XI featured on Sunday, although it was great to see so many youngsters in action in front of a good crowd enjoying the sunshine.  Alfie Lawrence with a late innings 38 featured with the bat and he only Kenny Moulton-Day (25) really bothered the scorers.  The experienced Haverhill team quickly got to work in the run chase and won comfortably by 7 wickets with 3.4 overs to spare - Stuart Whitehart returning an impressive 2 - 17 off his 3 overs.

ALL STARS GETS UNDER WAY

A packed Friars Street ground on Moday night saw the start of the All Stars Programme.  Fortunately the sun shone throughout and the kids and parents enjoyed an early evening hour of fun and great energy.  The programme is run by coaches Darren Batch and Dave Hinchcliffe - please refer to the Juniors' page for more details about the club's All Stars Programme.
 

WEEK 4 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat May 12 1st XI FRINTON-ON-SEA Home EAPL Won  SUD 255 - 10*  FRI 223 - 7
Report
  2nd XI BRAINTREE Away Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 126 - 8  BRA 265 - 5*
  3rd XI IPSWICH & E S II Away Two Cty 8 Aban SUD 44 - 2  IPS 163 - 10*
Sun May 13 Sen T20 MILDENHALL Away Suffolk Cup Lost SUD 135 - 5  MIL 136 - 6
  Sunday TENDRING Home Friendly Cancelled  
Once again the rain had a decisive say in matters on Saturday.  The 1st XI actually played a match at Home for the first time this season and once the calculations for Duckworth-Lewis-Stern had been applied the team ended victorious by 9 runs and remain joint top of the EAPL with Mildenhall, which means that the team has been top of the EAPL for 26 consecutive weeks when combined with the 2017 season.  Sudbury's innings was reduced to 40 overs when the rain caused over a 2 hour delay (lunch taken) after 24 overs with the score 116 - 2.  Tom Huggins' fantastic run of centuries was ended when he was out early on but Adam Mansfield (33) attacked with assurance and he was followed by Darren Batch (78), Kenny Moulton-Day (37) and Tim Johnston (53).  In an attempt to push the score at the end of the innings Sudbury lost 7 wickets in 17 balls with only 3 scoring strokes coming off the bat.  The final 255 all out off 38.5 of the reduced 40 overs was converted by DLS into a target of 271 for Frinton from 40 overs and whilst Fowler, Westfield and Comber all produced good scores and attacked at every opportunity, Frinton were always behind the DLS par as wickets fell at regular intervals.  The umpires finally called a halt after 34 overs as the rain became heavier , the sky darkened and fielders started slipping on the wet outfield.  This left Frinton 9 runs short of the DLS score and another 25 points were secured by the Talbots.  DLS is not necessarily perfect but at least a game of cricket was completed.  Billy Moulton-Day with 3 - 38 returned the team's best bowling figures on the day but economic figures from Huggins, Melton and Johnston were of equal importance.
The 2nd XI's match away at Braintree was reduced to a 30 overs match and despite 4 wickets for Ben Hyett (4 - 75) the brutal hitting of Braintree's opening batsman Celiz saw Braintree reach 265 - 5.  Whilst the Talbots welcomed the return to the team of Matt Pears (36) the run chase was never really on and although the rain enforced another delay and an Abandoned match was anticipated, the weather suddenly broke and the match resumed allowing Sudbury to complete their 30 overs on 126 - 8.  The side now sit one place from the bottom of Division 2 after 3 defeats and 1 cancellation.
Not surprisingly the 3rd XI match was also rain affected, resulting in an Abandoned match after 16 overs of Sudbury's reply.  As per last week, the majority of the Ipswich wickets were taken by juniors (Morgan Waldock 3 - 28, James Quin 3 - 29, Lucy Amos and Bella Fairs one each) assisted by Dan Fisher (2 - 13) as Ipswich were limited to a score of 159 all out in 44 overs.  Sudbury's reply only lasted 16 overs before the heavens opened, but the 11 points gained leave the side in mid-table in Division 8.
On Sunday the Senior T20 side lost their second match in the Suffolk Cup Pool and the defence of their title from last season now looks a very difficult task. Unfortunately, the Sunday XI's match at home against Tendring has been Cancelled as our visitors are unable to raise a side.

Handbook Error - Two Counties Matches
The start times for Two Counties matches in Div 2 and Div 3 are wrong in the Handbook. 
From Sat May 5th they start at 13:00 pm until Sat August 18th when they revert back to 12:30 start.

WEEK 3 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri May 4 Ladies MISTLEY Home League Won SUD 95 - 3*  MIS 88 - 10
Sat May 5 1st XI BURWELL & EXNING Away EAPL Won SUD 354 - 8*  BUR 266 - 9
Report
  2nd XI COPFORD Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 152 - 9*  COP 158 - 9
  3rd XI COLCHESTER CAVALIERS Home Two Cty 8 Lost SUD 107 - 10  COL 153 - 10*
Sun May 6 Sunday WICKHAM ST PAUL Home Friendly Lost SUD 206 - 3*  WSP 210 - 6
Mon May 7 T20 BURY ST EDMUNDS Away Suffolk Cup Lost SUD 113 - 10  BSE 188 - 5*
The sun decided to make a very welcome appearance on Saturday and the runs flowed for the 1st XI away at Burwell and Exning, particularly from the bats of Tom Huggins (158 and his fourth EAPL century in a row) and Darren Batch (108) who shared a 281 run partnership for the second wicket.  A late flurry of wickets and a debut 27* from Tim Johnston set Burwell a very tough total to chase and when they were 41 - 5 after 15 overs the match was effectively over.  Jonny Gallagher with 3 - 16 in his opening spell did the main damage and an incredible run out from Tim Johnston saw him mobbed by his new colleagues.  The game trickled on in the heat and some heavy hitting from Summerskill and J Seabrook for our opponents saw them finish 88 runs short with one wicket left.  An incredible 31 minutes were added to Sudbury's innings looking for lost balls - no spares were to hand which is ridiculous for a ground that is probably sligthly smaller than Friars Street and surrounded by trees and hedges. 
A weakened 2nd XI put up a fine effort at home against Copford with Keelan Waldock scoring 95 in the side's 152 - 9 off their 45 overs, and spinners Ben Hyett (3 - 62) and Andy Simmons (4 - 47) nearly saw the side home.  A century by Copford's no. 3 who finished the match with a 6 being the difference although the team are convinced that he was plumb LBW in Andy Simmon's final over - even the batsman admitted he was 'out'. 
The 3rd XI started their season at a 'rabbit hole repaired outfield' Lavenham with a similarly weakend side, and only 10 players, but put in a fine effort against Colchester Cavaliers - all the 10 wickets being taken by juniors - Ben Duncan 3-36, Lucy Amos 2-18, Lewis Miller 2-34 and Bella Fairs 3-19.  The more senior players all contributed runs but eventually fell 46 runs short, and Andy Holness must be congratulated for captaining such a young side and making the game enjoyable for everyone. 
Friday was Ladies night, and a debut victory for new captain Lucy Amos.  A good crowd saw the team win by 7 runs against Mistley with Natasha Wilson 'retiring' on 25 and Lucy herself taking 4 - 14.  It has been fantastic to see so many of the Ladies training on a Thursday night under ther watchful eye of Dustin Melton - let's hope they continue to have a fine season.
The Sunday XI had their first taste of action for the season in their home friendly against Wickham St Paul and despite a fine 110* from WIll Amos, backed up by 40 from skipper Jonny Amos and Allan Macdiarmid's 3 - 19, our visitors won by 4 wickets. 
Monday saw the start of the defence of the Suffolk Cup by our Senior T20 side but with many regulars missing the team were well beaten by Bury St Edmunds at the Victory Ground by a margin of 75 runs.  Kenny Moulton-Day top scored with 30, and young Alex Quin with 2 - 19 were the team's main performers.

John Pilkington
It is with sadness that the club report the passing of Vice President John Pilkington  (father of Anna Brooks and father-in-law to chairman Louis Brooks).  John was a VP since 2006, a member of the 100 club, and regularly popped down to the club for a pint on match days as well as attending Cricket Week VP Lunch.  Our thoughts are with Anna and her family at this sad time.
John's Funeral is on Wednesday May 30th at St Gregory's, Sudbury at 1:00 pm followed by the Wake at the Cricket Club.

April 100 Club Winners
£75 John Pilkington,  £50 Darren Batch,  £25 Emma Quin

WEEK 2 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Apr 28 1st XI COPDOCK & O I Home EAPL Cancelled  
  2nd XI COPDOCK & O I II Away Two Cty 2 Cancelled  
  3rd XI HALSTEAD III Away Two Cty 8 Cancelled  
Sun Apr 29 Sun STANSFIELD Home Friendly Cancelled  
What can one say ?  We had all hoped that after the season eventually started last weekend we could settle down and play or watch some cricket - wrong !  The rain re-appeared with avengeance and despite all the efforts of groundsmen around the clubs, Saturday was a complete washout.  One bright spark was the VIP Night on Saturday night at the club - an excellent evening and many thanks to Ted Clarkson, Louis Brooks, Toby Butcher and the caterers (Jamie Lee Smith) for organising.  Despite the weather there was a very good turn out and it was great to see Tim Johnston and his Family enjoying themselves and being warmly welcomed by all.

WEEK 1 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Apr 21 1st XI BURY ST EDMUNDS Away EAPL Won SUD 302-5, BSE 64-10
Report
  2nd XI KELVEDON & FEERING Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 169-10, KEL 170-3
An excellent first match of the season for the 1st XI as they started their defence of the EAPL title with a convincing 238 run victory over local rivals Bury St Edmunds.  A 105 first wicket partnership between skipper Tom Huggins and Adam Mansfield set the stage for a high score with fine batting performances from Tom (105), Adam (35), Darren Batch (45), Kenny Moulton-Day (36) and Will Shropshire (24*).  Not to be outdone the bowlers soon set to work - particularly James Poulson who after 5 overs had taken 4 wickets, finishing 4 - 14.  All the bowlers had success with Tom Huggins returning a miserly 3 - 5 off his 5.4 overs.  The excellent fielding standard of last season was evident throughout from the Talbots, the total opposite to the sub-standard performance from our hosts. 
The 2nd XI unfortuanetly didn't fare so well.  Missing several key experienced players, and despite fine efforts from Pete Siegert (53), Dale Brett (36) and captain Stuart Whiehart (34) their total of 169 was comfortably chased down by visitors Kelvedon in 33 overs for the loss of just 3 wickets.  Hopefully availablity will improve next week.
On Sunday the Suffolk Minor Counties T20 side made their debut at Friars Street playing two T20 Friendly matches against Cambridge MCCU.  Captained by Sudbury's Adam Mansfield and also including Darren Batch, James Poulson and Billy Moulton-Day, Suffolk recorded victory in both matches watched by a decent crowd on a beautiful sunny day - Friars Street at its best.

SUDBURY RUGBY CLUB
Many congratulations to the Rugby Club's 1st XV on their promotion following their 37 - 7 play-off victory against Hampstead on Saturday.  Another fine achievement from one of Sudbury's leading Sports Clubs and quickly following the Cricket and Hockey Clubs' recent successes.

Listen to groundsman David Oakes and club captain Darren Batch being interviewed
by David Mann on the "Love Suffolk Cricket Podcast" 
Podcast 

EAPL and TWO COUNTIES
START OF SEASON DELAYED UNTIL SAT APRIL 21

EAPL Disciplinary Regulations for 2018
Both leagues have delayed the start of the season due to the wet weather and concerns of groundsmen that they will be unable to prepare satisfactory pitches in time for the scheduled season start of Saturday April 14th.  The season has, therefore, been extended, and the 1st XI will now play Norwich at home on Saturday September 15th, and the 2nd game away at Haverhill is also to be re-arranged - possibly also on September 15th or a date to be agreed by the two clubs. 

March 100 Club Winners
£75 Gary Martin,  £50 Matt Bird,  £25 Peter McGowan

JUNIOR SECTION - GOOD FRIDAY BAG PACKING
Thanks to the generosity of the Customers at Waitrose on Friday the Junior Section assisted by their parents and club helpers raised over £430.00.  Thanks obviously to everyone involved and particularly to Waitrose for inviting us into their store.

Sunday Friendly, Senior T20 (incl National Cup) and Junior Fixtures
have now been arranged - refer to relevant sections.

LAW CHANGES FOR SEASON 2018
Important reading for all Players, Umpires,Scorers and Spectators.
Sat 1st and 2nd XIs will have Panel Umpires for all their matches but all other
sides will have to umpire their own matches so must know the new rules.
Summary of
Changes
Law 42
Player Conduct
Penalty
Runs
Scoring
Changes
ECB Videos - Guide (5 mins) - Summary (20 mins) - Laws 41 & 42 Online Tool

CLEAN-UP DAY
Saturday March 31st from 10:00 am at Friars Street.
Please bring along some gardening tools.

FIRST AID COURSE
Darren Batch is running a First Aid Course at the club on Wednesday May 2nd
6:30pm - 9:30pm  -  £30.00 per attendee.
Please contact Darren (see Contacts page) to book your place.

ANNUAL DINNER
Another excellent Annual Dinner was held on Friday night at the Masonic Hall with a record attendance of 137 guests.  Chairman Louis Brooks hosted the event with his normal aplomb and guest speaker Graham Gooch entertained the guests with a fine mixture of humour and cricket memories.  The annual award winners are listed below.
 
Clubman
MARK WARBROOK
Player
TOM HUGGINS
Most Improved
ALEX QUIN
Old Git
PHIL HALLIDAY
Chairman's Award
JONNY AMOS

At the Dinner the Chairman was also delighted to announce that GOSFIELD SCHOOL will be the Club's Junior Section Sponsor and Partner for 2018 and is offering Cricket Scholarships - click here for details .  It was also announced that New Zealander TIM JOHNSTON is joining the club for the 2018 Season as on Overseas Coach.
              

SUDBURY HOCKEY CLUB
Many Congratulations to the Ladies 1st XI who today (March 10) were crowned Champions of East Women's League - Division 2 - South West.
The side is captained by Ladies Cricket Team player BECKY SPENCER
and includes 'retired' Ladies cricketer KIRSTY BATCH

February 100 Club Winners
£75 Alan Baker,  £50 Dave Witham,  £25 Mr Bishop
Annual Dinner £200 Winner - Geoff Challacombe

2018 MEMBERSHIP
All Players and Coaches at all levels are required to renew / sign a relevant 2018 Membership Form before they can either play for the club or take part in club net sessions.  This is required for Insurance purposes.  Juniors attending Saturday morning nets are covered as part of the nominal charge that they pay, but their Membership must be completed before they can attend the outdoor nets at the club in April. Juniors who attend the Senior indoor nets on Sundays must complete their Junior Membership Form before they can take part in these net sessions.

January 100 Club Winners
£75 Shuna Clarkson,  £50 David Simpkin,  £25 David Shropshire

SUFFOLK CUP
Sudbury are in Pool A and will play three home and two away matches (dates tba).
Our opponents are :  MILDENHALL (A), BURY ST EDMUNDS (A), WORLINGTON (H),
WALSHAM (H) and HAVERHILL (H).  Pool A is by far the strongest group !!

LAVENHAM CRICKET GROUND
The club is pleased to announce that it has secured a 3 Year agreement with Lavenham
Village Hall (and Council) for the exclusive use of the Cricket Ground in Bridge Street,
commencing 2018.  This means that all 3rd XI Saturday matches will continue to be played at
Lavenham and the club has the option to use the facilities for additional matches if required.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY & LADIES FIXTURES
Saturday April 7th  :  1st XI v SAFFRON WALDEN 1st XI   (Home @ 12:30)
Saturday April 7th  :  2nd XI v WORLINGTON 1st XI   (Away @ 12:00)
LADIES League Fixtures - see Ladies Page of this website

December 100 Club Winners
£75 Lee Martin,  £50 Fred Ray,  £25 Mark Warbrook

A Festive Message from the Chairman
As 2017 draws to a close I thought I would write a few words to reflect on the season but primarily to thank everyone associated with the club in 2017. Players, Sponsors, Parents, Vice Presidents, Advertisers, Spectators - everyone connected with the club.  Your support, enthusiasm and commitment have been superb. The amount of hours put in by many volunteers has been outstanding and without the hard work of so many people we could never have hit the milestones that we did in 2017.
 

2017 saw Sudbury reach the pinnacle of cricket in this region, winning the East Anglian Premier League. Yes we did it! Amazing, outstanding! I will never forget the kindness of Essex CCC allowing us to parade the EAPL trophy around the county ground (with baby Gallagher only a few days old).  The EAPL is one of the hardest leagues in the country with some excellent teams. We don’t have all the resources of others but we have a collective strength and passion through the club that is second to none. Sudbury also won the Suffolk Cup for the first time in our history with the team comprised of players from all teams including the Ladies. A thrilling final will remain in the minds of those who watched for years to come. That was a very proud moment for me watching that team.
 
The Second team gained promotion to Division 2 of the Two Counties League. Another major achievement. We have only been there once before and I am sure all are looking forward to a crack at Division 2.
 
Our 3rd team played some great games in a tough season and only missed out staying in Division 7 by a whisker. A superb atmosphere existed in the team bringing youth on, and with a fantastic spirit it was a great team to play in.
 
A new 4th team was formed and some amazing games were played that will stick in the memory. Again bringing more playing members. It was a superb re birth after a 25 year absence and shows we want to cater for all.
 
Our Sunday friendly side was launched. Fantastic enthusiasm, sportsmanship and some wonderful local sides graced Friars Street. A great success.
 
Our Junior section grew and Sudbury were the number one All Stars Cricket Club in the county, another fantastic achievement.
 
The Ladies had a brilliant season with new players bringing some great results and enthusiasm.
 
We had a superb cricket week.  Pete and Sarah tied the knot on the hallowed turf, some excellent social events, a junior tournament and we hosted an amazing St Georges Day Celebration in April working with other local clubs and the Sudbury Town Partnership.  We saw over a 1000 people through the Golding gates.  We have invested in the ground with new equipment, nets, covers and the ground team do a fine job in providing an excellent environment for all. I don’t think we could have done any more in our 230th year!
 
We thank the Keith Martin Group again for their incredible support as our main club sponsor, and I am pleased to advise that they will continue in 2018.
 
Every team, every player, every member, every supporter and all connected to the club are very important to me.  So, I want to say thanks to everyone for the memories and for making 2017 so special in the club’s history. None of us will forget September 16th in a hurry. No one can take it away!
 
It never gets any easier. So much work is and has already gone into 2018. Improving as a club can and will be done but I need everyone’s help again.  Volunteering is a wonderful thing. Thanks so much to all the bag packers who worked so hard at Waitrose just before Xmas.  If you can help with social events, any fundraising events and aspect of the club with any time or ideas, never hesitate to get in contact. We work so hard to get and keep the club financially sound and I thank every one of you for your help
 
So enjoy your New Year celebrations tonight and reflect on your achievements in 2017. You are a special bunch. Let’s spread the word to all your friends, family, work mates that it’s a great club to be at. All are welcome and we are always looking for new members of any standard to join the Talbot family.
 
Thanks again for your continued support.  Let’s have an amazing 2018 and do it all again.
 
Finally health and happiness to everyone, and I wish you all the best for 2018.
 
Louis Brooks
Chairman Sudbury CC
 

JUNIOR SECTION - CHRISTMAS BAG PACKING
Saturday December 23rd  
Thanks to the generosity of the Customers at Waitrose on Saturday the Junior Section assisted by their parents and club helpers raised over £400.00.  Thanks obviously to everyone involved and particularly to Waitrose for inviting us into their store.

ROSS WALLACE - a tribute from chairman Louis Brooks
Funeral Arrangements : Friday January 12th, 12:30 at Bures Church,
followed by the wake at The Eight Bells, Bures

All at the club are very sorry to hear of the passing of Ross Wallace earlier this month.  Ross was a great character at the club and took on the role of treasurer for several years in the 1990s. I first joined the committee in 1991 and there were some memorable meetings that I can still remember now.  Ross was a keen follower of the club when not at the ground by following the Talbots on Total Cricket Scorer. I would often talk to Ross about the previous days play in the Eight Bells public house in Bures on the Sunday.  He was very good at relaying back the stats and commenting on how well the team were doing, especially in the 2017 season.  He was also a very big Arsenal supporter and this would also be another great topic of conversation!  Infact he had two cats called Rix and Stapleton who reminded him of his Arsenal heroes in the 70s and 80s.  He was also a big Bob Dylan fan.  He always had a great joke, a great smile and I will not only miss his appearances in cricket week but I will really miss my Sunday chats in the pub with Ross.  Thoughts go out to Shuna and Ted Clarkson and his family at this time.  Details will be shared of funeral arrangements as they are known.     RIP Ross.   


November 100 Club Winners
£75 Kath Siegert,  £50 Andy Holness,  £25 Audrey James

TWO COUNTIES FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
The 2nd XI start life in Division 2 away to Haverhil on April 14th, followed by a home match
on April 21st versus Kelvedon.
The 3rd XI start their season in Division 8 with an away match against Halstead 3rd XI on April 28th
followed by a home match on May 5th against Colchester Cavaliers

WINTER NET DATES
SENIORS  -  Sun Feb 25th for 5 weeks         JUNIORS  -   Sat Jan 20th for 10 weeks
                (Included in Membership Subs)                                  (£3.00 per session)                

October 100 Club Winners
£75 Stephen Beadle,  £50 Pauline Connor,  £25 Pete Siegert

TWO COUNTIES - LEAGUE STRUCTURE
Further to the recent AGM the Two Counties Management Committee have announced their League Structures for 2018.  Unfortunately the 3rd XI didn't escape relegation and will play in Division Eight.
2nd XI - Div 2 :  Haverhill (R), Braintree (R), Copdock II, Copford, Clacton, East Bergholt, Kelvedon, Ipswich & ES, Lakenheath, Mildenhall II, Little Bardfield (P), Sudbury II (P) = 12 teams
3rd XI - Div 8 : Sudbury III (R), Halstead III (R), Colchester Cavaliers, Dunmow II, Copdock III, Copford II, Ipswich & ES II, Eye (P), Coggeshall III (P), Bardwell (P)  = 10 teams

NEW CODE OF MCC LAWS OF CRICKET (2017)
Click this link to read a summary of the new laws - New Laws

2018 EAPL FIXTURES
The 1st XI start the defence of their title at Home to NORWICH on April 14th 2018, followed by an Away trip to local rivals Bury St Edmunds.  Unless any changes are made at the EAPL AGM, the format will be the same as 2017.  Full sequence of fixtures is Norwich (H), Bury (A), Copdock (H), Burwell (A), Frinton (H), Horsford (H), Witchingham (A), Mallards (H), Swardeston (A), MIldenhall (H), Granta (A) which is then repeated for the reverse fixture, finishing on September 8th at Home to Cambridge Granta.

September 100 Club Winners
£75 Nick Duncan,  £50 Charlie Phillips,  £25 Lisa Tipper

THE TALBOTS AT ESSEX COUNTY CRICKET GROUND
On Tuesday September 26th Sudbury CC were invited by Essex CCC to parade the EAPL Championship Trophy around the ground during the tea interval - an experience that those players who were able to attend will remember for some time.  Around 2,000 spectators were in the ground at the time and all parts of the ground roundly applauded the players and club officials as they made their way around the ground.  Our thanks to Essex CCC for the invitation - hopefully we will be invited again next year - and congratulations to Essex on winning The Specsavers County Championship - Division One having completed the whole season unbeaten.

FINAL SENIOR PLAYER STATS FOR 2017
(figures taken from the club's Play Cricket website covering all senior matches)
------ Batting ------ ------ Bowling ------ - Fielding Catches - --- Keeper Catches ---
  D Batch   1159   P Halliday   54   B Reece     18   A Mansfield   46
  B Reece    870   D Melton     52   D Melton    15   K Moulton-Day 15
  J Amos     767   T Huggins    39   D Batch     15   C Cleverley    9 
  T Huggins  833   B Hyett      36   A Quin      14   T Park         6
  W Amos     769
 
  G Boon       36
 
  J Amos      12
 
  L Brooks       4
  D Melton       4

A SEASON TO REMEMBER - BEST IN 230 YEAR HISTORY
1st XI CROWNED EAPL CHAMPIONS ON SATURDAY
AFTER THEIR MATCH WITH SWARDESTON FELL VICTIM TO THE RAIN
2nd XI RUNNERS-UP IN TWO COUNTIES DIV 3 GAIN PROMOTION
SUFFOLK CUP WINNERS

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 


Click Here for more pictures and scorecard

 
 
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