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18 Oct 2019
The Annual General Meeting of the Members of Sudbury (Suffolk) & District Cricket Club CIC will be
held at the Cricket Club Pavilion on Monday 11th November 2019 at 8:00pm
Please click on the links listed below for suporting documents
Chairman's Invitation Agenda Nomination Form
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16 Oct 2019
The date of the Annual Dinner has been set as Friday February 28th 2020 at the Masonic Hall, Sudbury for 7:30pm (sit down).  The ticket price remains the same at £40.00 and this year's speaker
is Peter Bowler (ex Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Somerset).
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The Christmas Dinner has been arranged for Saturday December 21st at India Restaurant,
North Street, Sudbury for 7:30 pm
Contact James Poulson on to reserve your place

30 Sept 2019
The Club is pleased to advise all members that with effect from October 1st 2019 the Club will operate as the new legal entity SUDBURY (SUFFOLK) & DISTRICT CRICKET CLUB CIC as per the mandate voted on by its members at the EGM on Thursday May 23rd 2019.  Accordingly all existing Club Membership, Assets and Liabilities will be passed to the new CIC as at the Club's Year End of September 30th 2019.   Louis Brooks (Chairman)

30 Sep 2019
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30 Sept 2019
September 100 Club Winners
£75 Stef & Valda Marks,  £50 Keith Smith,  £25 Doug Turner

19 Sept 2019
Congratulations are due again to ex Talbot Dustin Melton who took his maiden First Class County wicket for Derbyshire in their Specsavers County Championship - Division Two match which finished yesterday.  Dustin took 1 - 24 in Sussex's first innings and 1 - 30 in their second, and he also scored his first County runs with a score of 1 not out in Derbyshire's first innings.  Hopefully the first of many appearances, wickets and runs.  Dustin also played in Derbyshire's next County match against Middlesex at Lords.

15 Sept 2019
£350.00      MM02      Toby Butcher
£200.00      SS09       Sarah Wordley
£100.00      N05         Brendan Wren
   Wine             NNN03     Charlie Thomas
   Prosecco      BBB04    Gerry McGuire
   Chocolates   T06          Eleanor Scougall

18 Sept 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Sep 14 1st XI Mildenhall EAPL Home Won MIL 97 - 10 :  SUD 100 -4
  2nd XI Mildenhall II Two Cty 2 Away Lost SUD 178 -5  :  MIL 182 - 3

So we come to the end of another season - well almost, as we are fielding a team in the Acton CC T16 Tournament next Sunday under the leadership of Dale Brett.  The competition also includes Long Melford and starts at 10:30.
Both the 1st and 2nd XIs played against Mildenhall on Saturday - the 1st XI recording a fairly comfortable home victory whilst the 2nd XI lost away at Wamil Way.  Electing to bat first at Friars Street, Mildenhall lost their first wicket to the second ball of the day bowled by Jonny Gallagher and they never really recoverd as they were all out for just 97 in 34.0 overs.  Paddy Sadler was the star with the ball returning season best figures of 4 - 20, backed up by James Poulson 2 - 14 and Ben Reece 3 - 20.  In reply, the Talbots lost Poulson in the third over but Dale Brett on his debut plundered two 6's on his way to 19 before Kenny Moulton-Day with 33 from just 18 balls saw the side home for the loss of 4 wickets.  Victory wasn't enough to move the side up to the Runners-Up spot in the League as Swardeston also won, and they also triumphed in the National Club One Day Final held at Lords on Monday, so we extend our congratulations to them as well  as to League champions Frinton-on-Sea.  To finish third in the league is a fine achievement for the side although they obviously wanted to retain their title after the successes of 2017 and 2018.  The improved strength of Frinton who only lost one game all season (to Sudbury !!) paid dividends but the Talbots made certain that they remained in with a shout until then end.  Congratulations to skipper Adam Mansfield and his team.
Without skipper Dale Brett who rightly had the opportunity to savour 1st XI cricket in the EAPL, Stuart Whitehart led the 2nd XI in their final Division 2 Two match.  Opting to bat first the side made 178 in their 45 overs with a fine and patient 50* from Matt Pears aided by Cameron Stace (26) and a final flourish of 39* from Will Shropshire.  Mildenhall reached their target in the 26th over for the loss of just 3 wickets with a wicket each for Whitehart, Stace and Jonny Amos.  Relegation means Division Three for the 2nd XI next season but a lesser standard of opposition should help some of the younger players progress in their development as they will face fewer 1st XI sides, but again player availability will be a key factor if they are to push for promotion back to Division Two.
The Annual Players Dinner at the club on Saturday night saw Chairman Louis Brooks up to his normal standard as he handed our his "website" awards and a great night was had by all in their attempt to drink the bar dry - didn't quite achieve that !!
Thanks again to all our supporters during the season and winter well whilst the Club Committee and Captains start their plans for 2020.

Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

8 Sept 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Sep 7 1st XI Bury St Edmunds EAPL Away Won BSE 223-8 : SUD 226-8
  2nd XI Little Bardfield Two Cty 2 Home Won LB 180-8  :  SUD 181-8
  4th XI Helions Bumpstead Friendly Away Canc  
Sun Sep 8 Sen T20 Bury St Edmunds Suffolk Cup Final Away Won SUD 218-7  :  BSE 120-8 
  Sun XI Gents of Suffolk Friendly Home Lost GOS 153-2  :  SUD 152-10


Two wins out of two on Saturday but unfortunately the 2nd XI's victory against their fellow relegation candidates was not enough to take their survival chances into the last weekend but hopefully another win next Saturday could see them move off the bottom of the table and finish the season in style.  The side welcomed back Stuart Whitehart from holidays and he responded by taking 6 - 42 as Bardfield were limited to 180 - 8 in their 45 overs.  Sudbury secured victory with just 5 balls left despite a bit of a wobble after the top four batsmen had all done their jobs - Keelan Waldock 42, Alex Quin 29, Matt Pears 28 and Dominic Crame 30.  Will Shropshire with a very patient and uncharacteristic 7* saw the side home as the side lost 5 wickets in making the last 32 runs.  Whilst relegation always brings a sense of disappointment and what might have been, skipper Dale Brett must be congratulated on his efforts throughout the season and if the "relegation party" at the clubhouse on Saturday night was anything to go by the side will surely bounce back up to Division Two in the next few seasons.
The 1st XI secured at least 3rd place in the EAPL on a day when both Frinton and Swardeston also recorded victories meaning that Frinton are this years champions and we must "loan" the trophy to Essex for the next twelve months.  Many congratulations to Mike Coomber and his team who have only been beaten once this season - by the Talbots of course !  Bury were invited to bat first on a wicket which had had a fair amount of water leaked onto it overnight but the wet patches didn't help the Sudbury bowlers early on as the first wicket didn't fall until the score was 90 in the 19th over.  The top three for Bury all posted good scores but fortunately the rest of the side didn't as Sudbury gradually gained control with 2 wickets each for James Poulson 2 - 43, Ben Reece 2 - 46 and Andy SImmons 2 - 33 (Andy making the initial breakthrough with the first two wickets).  The Talbots started the reply in fairly typical fashion as they lost their first wicket with the 5th ball of the innings with the score on 9.  Henry Shipley, on his final appearance for the club, was promoted to number three and with Martyn Cull (22) he looked to progress the innings before being caught for 13.  Darren Batch (43) and Ben Parker (22) looked to have taken control but it was down to skipper Adam Mansfield with a fine 54* and Ben Reece (24) to see the side home for the loss of 8 wickets with ten balls left.  Another victory next Saturday against Mildenhall at home could see the side finish as runners-up if Horsford (in 4th place) can beat their Norfolk rivals Swardeston who are currently 17 points ahead of the Talbots.
The club did the "weekend double" when they won the Suffolk Cup Final on Sunday with a convincing victory over local rivals Bury St Edmunds at Woolpit in front of a good crowd of supporters.  Invited to bat first, skipper Ben Reece set the tone from the start with a brisk 27 and this was continued by both Darren Batch (52*) and Kenny Moulton-Day (50*) who then had to retire.  With the help of 34 extras the side finished their 20 overs on 218 - 7 which proved way beyond the Bury batsmen who could never match the level of intensity of Sudbury's innings due to some fine bowling from the very first over.  With only 5 extras in the innings the bowling duties and wickets were shared amongst the 10 bowlers (only keeper Ryan Vickery didn't bowl) as Bury ended up 98 runs short before skipper Reece was handed the trophy which Sudbury won for the first time in 2017.  Many thanks to the organisers and Woolpit Cricket Club for hosting the day.
The Sunday XI's friendly against the Gents of Suffolk resulted in a win for our visitors by one run, but spare a thought for young James Quin who after a nasty accidental collision with an opposition batsman whilst fielding a return throw had to be checked out at hospital as he suffered from concussion and some cuts to his face.  Patched up he returned home on Sunday night.  The Gents batted first and posted 153 - 2 off 36 overs and with Lewis Miller stepping in for the unfortunate James as a "concussion replacement" the Talbots reached 152 before opposition skipper Guy Robins bowled young Lewis leaving Charlie Thomas on 35*.  Openers Will Ponsford with 23 and Alex Ray with 29 had given the innings a good start but wickets then fell at regular intervals.
Finally for this week, we have to say goodbye to Henry Shipley who returns to Canterbury CC, New Zealand for their season which begins later this month.  In his 5 month stay Henry has been a pleasure to work with, both at the club and at Gosfield School undertaking his coaching duties, and has been a valuable member of the 1st XI.  Safe journey Henry and have a good season back home.
Congratulations to ex Talbot Dustin Melton who has now been signed up by Derbyshire until the end of 2020.  24-year-old Dustin only made his first-class debut in last week's tour match against Australia.  He took 0-55 with the ball but failed to score during either innings with the bat.  He has however impressed in the Second XI Championship for Derbyshire, recording best figures of 4-8 against Worcestershire in June.  Dustin says “It has been a dream of mine since arriving in the country four years ago, so it is the highlight of my career to fulfil that dream and sign a professional contract with Derbyshire," said Melton, who has previously played for Essex seconds and was with Sudbury for three seasons 2016 - 2018 helping the 1st XI to the EAPL Championship in both his second and third seasons including being leading wicket taker in the EAPL in 2017 with 43 wickets. “This is a great opportunity for me, I have enjoyed my time with the club so far and I am looking forward to the challenge of competing for a place in the team.”  Head of cricket, Dave Houghton added: “We have been impressed with Dustin this year, he has worked hard and performed well. It’s good for us to have such depth and quality in our bowling ranks, and he will add another element of pace and bounce.”  Well done Dustin and good luck next season.
Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

3 Sept 2019
August 100 Club Winners
£75 Stephen Beadle,  £50 Stephen Martin-Halls,  £25 Peter McGowan

3 Sept 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Aug 31 1st XI Swardeston EAPL Home Lost SWA 396 - 5  :  SUD 174 - 10
  2nd XI Kesgrave Two Cty 2 Away Lost KES 224 - 2  :  SUD 153 - 8
  3rd XI Kesgrave II Two Cty 8 Home Lost SUD 128 - 10  :  KES 132 - 4
Sun Sept 1 Sun XI Leavenheath Friendly Home Won LEA 194 - 7  :  SUD 195 - 5

Within the last 5 weekends the three leading contenders for the EAPL title have all played each other resulting in one victory and one defeat each with the victory in each case being a convincing win away from home.  Thus, the 1st XI were well beaten by Swardeston on Saturday by a margin of 222 runs in a match that was almost a "mirror" of the All Day match played between the two sides back in June, only that as that match was an All Day match Swardeston were able to play out the match as a Draw although they finished 132 runs behind Sudbury's total.  Electing to bat first on Saturday, Swardeston attacked from the first ball although at 72 - 1 after 14 overs there was no real evidence of what was to follow.  Both Callum Taylor (116) and Joe Gatting (100) produced similar innings to previous knocks against the Talbots with Taylor part of a 145 partnership for the second wicket with Cooper (61).  The acceleration of the innings was maintained resulting in a massive 396 - 5 after 50 overs - Tom Huggins (2 - 61) and Darren Batch (2 - 62).  A couple of dropped catches and probably the worst fielding display of the season didn't help Sudbury's cause, and neither did losing Huggins first ball in reply.  The run rate over by over of Sudbury's innings was always above that of Swadeston's innings but with wickets falling at regular intervals a heavy defeat duly arrived after just 23.1 overs despite aggressive knocks from Batch (36) and Kenny Moulton-Day (45).  The 3 points gained from the match mean that the team drop down to 3rd place and although mathematically both of Saturday's teams could overtake Frinton with just two matches of the season to go, it looks odds-on that the Championship will make its way to the Essex coastline, probably next weekend.  However, with a local derby away at Bury St Edmunds next weekend followed by a final match at home against Mildenhall on September 14th the team will want to finish on a high, particularly as they meet Bury again next Sunday at Woolpit (2:30pm) in the Suffolk Cup T20 Final. 
It looks as if the 2nd XI's attempt to avoid relegation back to Division 3 has failed as even maximum points from their two remaining matches will be unlikely to provide an escape.  Away to Kesgrave on Saturday the side finished 71 runs short of their hosts 224 - 2 despite an opening stand of 47 between Pete Siegert (17) and Keelan Waldock (30).  Matt Pears (37) carried on the good work but couldn't find any support until Jonny Amos (35) came to the crease at 70 - 5.  Whilst Skipper Dale Brett is obviously disappointed, he remains fairly upbeat re next season at a lower level which should enable some of the youngsters to progress playing against more 2nd XI sides.
The 3rd team also lost to Kesgrave as they played their first game at Gosfield School. Very favourable comments were made by the team about the facilities and the School is undertaking further work on the outfield and wicket this Autumn. Sudbury's total of 128 all out  (Allan Macdiarmid 38 and Morgan Waldock 27) was chased down by our visitors in 28.2 overs for the loss of just 4 wickets - Tom Park 2 - 20.  The team has now completed its Division Eight League Fixtures for 2019 and will finish in 7th place, one place above the 3 relegation spots.
Sunday's Friendly against Leavenheath provided the club's only victory of the weekend.  Leavenheath posted 194 - 7 as they opted to bat first (Phil Halliday 2- 24, Morgan Waldock 2 - 32) and with Sudbury on 42 - 5 after 14 overs it needed Alex Quin (69*) to be joined at the crease by Darren Batch (85*) to see the side home.
Although the Sunday Team have finished their league programme, their promotion to Division Two of the North Essex Cricket League was confirmed on Sunday when Great Horkesley lost to West Bergholt meaning that the Talbots must finish within the top two places - congratulations to Keelan Waldock and his teammates.

Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

26 Aug 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Aug 24 1st XI Horsford EAPL Away Won HOR 189 - 9  :  SUD 190 - 6
  2nd XI East Bergholt Two Cty 2 Home Lost SUD 111 - 10  :  EB 113 - 1
  3rd XI Colchester Cav Two Cty 8 Home Won Oppo Conceded
  4th XI Twinstead Friendly Away Lost TWI 208 - 7  :  SUD 152 - 6
Sun Aug 25 Sun XI Roding Valley
(Bengal Troopers)
Friendly Home Lost RV 293 - 7  :  SUD 268 - 6

There wasn't the same level of drama as at Sunday's Ashes match when the1st XI travelled to Horsford on Saturday but there was certainly a level of tension as the Talbots chased down their target of 190 with just 1.2 overs left.  In Horsford's innings only a 4th wicket stand of 97 enabled them to post a reasonable target on a pitch where scoring against spin was very difficult. James Poulson with 3 - 34 backed up by Henry Shipley 2 - 46 and Ben Reece 2 - 28  limited our hosts and when Sudbury lost their 2nd wicket at 18 it required three good stands of 52, 42 and 47 involving Martyn Cull (25), Darren Batch with a very patient 76 and Ben Parker (21) to set the stage for a final flourish from Ben Reece (11*) and Kenny Moulton-Day (20*) to see the side home.  Between them Ben and Kenny only faced two "dot balls" and a brutal 16 runs off the 47th over reduced the run rate down from 7 to just over 3 and eased the tension for the team.  The victory moves the team into second place in the EAPL as Swardeston lost their home top of the table clash against leaders Frinton who are now 21 points ahead of Sudbury.  Swardeston who visit Friars Street next Saturday are a further 5 points behind the Talbots.  With just 3 games to play, Frinton need to suffer a heavy loss whilst the Talbots must win all their outstanding matches if the trophy is to remain at Friars Street.
The 2nd XI suffered a heavy defeat at home to promotion chasing East Bergholt which leaves the side rooted to the foot of the table but with 3 games left not all is lost as both Kelvedon and Little Barfield Village are mathematically in reach.  Sudbury's 111 (Pete Siegert 24 and Dominic Crame 38) was chased down in 14.1 overs leaving the Talbots with just 1 point from the match.  Availability will be key for their survival chances.
With the 3rd XI's game against Colchester Cavaliers conceded by the opposition on Thursday it was left to the 4th XI to provide some cricket for the lower sides as they travelled to Twinstead for a 35 over Friendly match.  Two wickets each for Alex Ray (2 - 27) and young Joe Griss (2 - 44) saw Twinstead make 208 - 7 but in reply only Harrison Smith with 49* really troubled the scorers as Sudbury finished on 152 - 6.
Another cancellation on Sunday was recovered when Roding Valley made the long trip from Loughton, Essex to step in for Haverhill for a Friendly at Friars Street.  This was their first visit to Sudbury and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit as they ended up victorious by 25 runs after a very high scoring game.  Roding made 293 - 7 in their 40 overs with two wickets each for Charlie Thomas (2 - 33), James Quin (2 - 47) and Jonny Amos (2 - 28) but the star of the match was Dale Brett with an undefeated 152 in Sudbury's reply.  Dale dominated the innings but couldn't quite find the level of support needed from his colleagues (Keelan Waldock 26) to see the side home.  Thanks again to our visitors for making the long trip and we hope to see them again soon.
Earlier in the week, Ryan Vickery made a fine 116 for Suffolk Development XI against Essex Development at Woolpit, and our Ladies were represented on Wednesday by Lucy Amos, Bella Fairs and Natasha Wilson as they played for an EAPL Ladies XI against the Essex Premier League Ladies at the Essex Couny Ground in Chelmsford - an occasion they will surely remember for some time.

Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

26 Aug 2019
Please spare a thought for our long standing friends from Yorkshire, the Olicanian Cricket Club whose Pavilion was burnt down on Saturday.  We welcomed their touring side - the Olicanian Striders - for the 25th year on Thursday of Cricket Week just a month ago. Louis Brooks contacted their chairman David House who replied as follows :
"It has broken my heart. I just loved that Pavilion, it contained the sole of the Club and was admired by many.  It was only 3 weeks ago that it was named after me. The third team are in a cup final today so we have called an emergency meeting of the Committee to decide how we will get through the next 3 weeks at this match.  The response from Clubs from all over Yorkshire has been outstanding.  We will come back bigger and stronger.  Regards, David"

Sudbury CC will be making a donation to their re-building fund and will also hold a collection at the End of Season Players' Dinner, but if people want to individually contribute please do so via

18 Aug 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Aug 17 1st XI Saffron Walden EAPL Home Won SW 107 - 10  :  SUD 110 - 2
  2nd XI Elmstead Two Cty 2 Away Won ELM 116 - 10  :  SUD 119 - 4
  3rd XI Tendring Two Cty 8 Home Won SUD 127 - 10  :  TEN 118 - 9
Sun Aug 18 Sun XI Boxted NECL 3 Home Won SUD 295 - 4  :  BOX 125 - 5
Three wins out of three on Saturday but unfortunately for both the 1st and 2nd XIs their immediate rivals at the top and bottom of their respectives leagues also won so the positions and points differences in the tables remain unchanged.
The 1st XI had a very comfortable victory at home to Saffron Walden particularly once skipper Adam Mansfield caught Walden's Sri Lankan Test Wicketkeeper Chakabva for 43 off James Poulson leaving Walden on 69 - 5 from 20 overs.  The last 5 wickets fell for just 16 runs leaving a target of just 108 which the Talbots reached with ease after 25.5 overs - Mansfield (30), Martyn Cull (40*), Ryan Vickery (22*) after James Poulson (4 - 11) and Ben Reece (3 - 39) had done the main damage with the ball - meaning the game was over by 3:25 pm.  The early finish was a pity for the good sized crowd but it enabled some of the team and spectators to drive down to Gestingthorpe to watch the 3rd XI.
The 2nd XI did the double over Elmstead as they reached the small target of 117 for the loss of just 4 wickets.  Captain Dale Brett invited the hosts to bat first and Lucy Amos (2 - 19) soon got amongst the wickets before Stuart Whitehart (4 - 49) took over.  Andy Simmons back in the side after his 1st XI appearance last week finished off the innings with 3 - 5 leaving Sudbury 58 overs to get the runs.  Will Shropshire (30) paved the way for Dom Crame (31*) and Joe Harvey (23*) to reach the target with nearly 30 overs to spare.  A fine performance but with both Dunmow and Little Bardfield Village also winning the side remains at the foot of the table.
Man-of-the-Match performances from Tom Park (68 and 3 - 21) and Phil Halliday (20 and 5 - 23) saw the 3rd XI home against Colin Walter's Tendring at Gestingthorpe making it consecutive victories for stand-in skipper Chris Cook.  Another low scoring match but Sudbury's 127 all out proved too much for Tendring as they finished 10 runs short after their permitted 47 overs.
The Sunday XI completed their league programme with a win against bottom of the table Boxted after posting a massive 295 from their 40 overs.  Ryan Vickery with 161 top scored, Jonny Amos 43 and Will Amos with 3 - 9 saw the side to a comfortable victory.  The win keeps the Talbots in top spot and with two sides being promoted the side is reaonably placed to finish in the top two, but third placed Great Totham mathematically could overtake Sudbury despite being 54 points behind as they still have three games to play - fingers crossed !!  The League website may not be up to date as it shows Great Horkesley in 2nd place having played only 9 games and 46 points behind Sudbury, yet according to the Fixtures they only have 2 matches left meaning a maximum possible 190 points which means that they cound not overtake Keelan Waldock's side.
Finally, congratulations to Patrick Sadler who made his debut for Suffolk on Sunday in their Minor Counties Championship match away against Cumberland although there was no actual play on the first two days due to the weather - also in the side are Adam Mansfield and James Poulson.

Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

Suffolk Cup T20 on Monday August 26th has ben Conceded by Felixstowe

13 Aug 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Aug 10 1st XI Copdock & O I EAPL Away Lost COP 188 - 8  :  SUD 177 - 10
  2nd XI Clacton on Sea Two Cty 2 Home Lost SUD 147 - 10 : CLA 148 - 7
  3rd XI Maldon III Two Cty 8 Away Won SUD 186 - 4  :  MAL 162 - 10
  4th XI Great Bentley Friendly Away Cancelled  
Sun Aug 11 Sun XI Great Horkesley NECL 3 Away Lost SUD 173 - 6  :  GH 174 - 5

The euphoria of last Saturday when the 1st XI triumphed away at top of the table Frinton turned into disappointment on Saturday away to Copdock & Old Ipswichian when they failed to chase down a below par total of 188 as the EAPL format returned to the 50 Over Limited version.  Whilst Sudbury were missing three regular players, Copdock were at full strength and a half hour delay to the start saw Copdock elect to bat first on a firm pitch but in very windy conditions.  It took until the 17th over for the Talbots to grab the first wicket but with the score only at 66 the scoring rate had been kept well in check.  Mansfield then introduced Andy Simmons into the attack - Andy was making his first appearance for the 1st XI in almost six years although you wouldn't know it as he returned figures of 4 - 26 in his ten overs, plus a diving catch at leg slip.  At 107 - 8 with 13 overs left it looked as if Copdock's innings would finish fairly quickly but their overseas player, Australian Big Bash all rounder Cameron Valente had other ideas and started some trademark power-hitting to take his side to 188 at the end of their 50 overs.  Sudbury's reply started in fairly familar style as for the sixth time this season the side was one down after just two overs.   Keelan Waldock (24) and Martyn Cull (45) then set the stage for Henry Shipley (47) and Ben Reece (17) to move the side towards victory but once Shipley was out caught he was followed next over by Reece and the side ended 11 runs short of parity.  With both Frinton and Swardeston recording very comfortable victories the side cannot afford another defeat if they are to have any realistic chance of retaining their title as they now sit in third place and 21 points behind top of the table Frinton.
A fourth successive defeat leaves the 2nd XI at the foot of Two Cty Div 2 after Little Bardfield's unexpected win against Copford took them out of the bottom two places and 6 points ahead of the Talbots and 3 points above Dunmow, so it looks like two from three for the relegation places.  Invited to bat, Sudbury made 147 in 38.5 overs with Pete Siegert (21), Matt Pears (44), skipper Dale Brett (28) and a final flourish from Stuart Whitehart (31) the main scorers, but the star performer was Clacton's Imran Sheikh who took 8 - 42.  Sudbury's bowlers quickly got to work in Clacton's reply as Whitehart (4 - 33) and Charlie Thomas (2 - 59) led the way in reducing Clacton to 99 - 7 but that was as good as it got as that man Sheikh again took centre stage with an innings on 45* to see the visitors to victory by 3 wickets.
Pride of place this week goes to the 3rd XI.  With normal skipper Toby Butcher still absent with injury, Chris Cook led the team to a fine victory away to Maldon III as they won by 24 runs.  Batting first the team didn't post a big total but excellent knocks from Andy Holness (53), Tom Park (65) and a quick fire 33* from Allan Macdiarmid saw the side to 186 which proved too much for our hosts with Ben Duncan (3 - 43), Phill Halliday (3 - 26) and Macdiarmid (2 - 15) doing the main damage with the ball.   This victory will hopefully see the side safe from relegation with 3 matches left.
Despite a third defeat in a row for the Sunday XI they still occupy top spot in the League but now with a reduced lead of 33 points with just one game left.  Their opponents, Great Horkesley closed the gap on the Talbots and they have four games left so it could be a very close finish to the season.  Batting first Sudbury made 173 with Keelan Waldock (64) and Jonny Amos (44) the top scorers but whilst the wickets were shared around Sudbury's bowlers Great Horkesley made it home with 5 overs to spare.

6 Aug 2019
U/19 T20 SIDE
Due to the lack of player availability the club has unfortunately withdrawn its U/19 Side from the Regional T20 Competition and has accordingly conceded its remaining 3 matches meaning that the Wednesday 7th match at Friars Street is now Cancelled.

4 Aug 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Aug 3 1st XI Frinton-on-Sea EAPL Away Won SUD 256 - 9  :  FRI 96 - 10
  2nd XI Dunmow Two Cty 2 Home Lost DUN 276 - 2  :  SUD 194 - 10
  3rd XI Chappel & WC Two Cty 8 Away Lost CHA 277 - 9  :  SUD 155 - 6
Sun Aug 4 Sun XI West Bergholt NECL 3 Away Lost WB 110 - 10  :  SUD 67 - 10
Fri Aug 2 T20 Copdock & O I  Suffolk Cup Home Won COP 129 - 10  :  SUD 131 - 4

The EAPL Match-of-the-Day between leaders Frinton and third placed Sudbury turned out to be a fairly one sided affair with the Talbots gaining a superb victory by 160 runs, which with second placed Swardeston being held to a draw means that the top three are now separated by just 4 points as the League format now returns to the final six Limited 50 Over matches. Frinton still lead but Sudbury are now just two points behind and have a similar two point lead over Swardeston.
Skipper Adam Mansfield won the toss and elected to bat first but soon found his way back to the pavilion leaving Martyn Cull, who hit an excellent 64, to be joined by Darren Batch (38) in a 99 run second wicket partnership.  Ben Parker (20), Henry Shipley (23), Ben Reece (19) and finally James Poulson (52*) with another fine innings batting at number nine saw the side to a challenging total of 256 from their 64 overs.  Frinton's strong batting line-up never really got going due to some fine bowling from openers Paddy Sadler (3 - 22 from 12 overs) and Jonny Gallagher (2 - 4 from 9 overs).  The top partnership was just 33 for the second wicket and once Ben Reece (2 - 26 from 16 overs) joined the attack the Frinton batsman tried to shut up shop for the day.  However, they couldn't stop wickets tumbling as their score went from 94 - 6  to 96 all out - a superb performance from the Talbots.
Whilst the 1st team was at full strength the 2nd XI was missing many players due to holidays as they hosted Dunmow in a relegation clash at Friars Street.  Dunmow elected to bat first and reached 276 from their 45 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets although the Talbots worked hard in the field and credit to both Lucy Amos and Bella Fairs who between them bowled 19 overs.  Credit also to skipper Dale Brett who continues to give his all to the team and the club as he top scored with 54 in Sudbury's reply which finished 82 runs short.  Good contributions also from Matt Pears (44) and Andy Simmons (31), but the defeat sees the team slip into the relegation places.  The key to survival will be player availability - something that has hindered the team all season.
The 3rd XI travelled to Chappel & Wakes Colne with a similarly weakened side and lost by 121 runs, but the 8 points gained must be considered a reasonable return.  Ben Duncan (3 -76) and Alex Parker (3 - 80 on debut) toiled away as Chappel posted 277 - 9.  In reply Chris Cook with 52* led the way with support from Andy Holness (39) and 25 each from Andy Clark and Charlie Thomas but the side was always behind the required run rate as they finished on 156 - 7.
The Sunday XI suffered another surprise defeat away to West Bergholt but with just two league matches left will hopefully get back to winning ways next week to clinch promotion in their first year back in League cricket.
On Friday the Senior T20 side secured their place at Finals Day as they beat Copdock at home.  Copdock started their innings in a very positive manner against 1st team bowlers Sadler and Batch but when skipper Reece turned to his less experienced bowlers wickets started to tumble - Phil Halliday (3 - 9), Bella Fairs (2 - 12) and Lucy Amos (2 - 16).  Dale Brett (50 retired) and Batch (42) paved the way for Reece (27*) to guide the team home with 2.3 overs left and keep his side at the top of Pool A, and with just one match left the side cannot be overtaken.

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2 Aug 2019
July 100 Club Winners
£75 Mr & Mrs Bishop,  £50 Guy Robins,  £25 Barbara Pilkington

29 July 2019
LADIES SOFTBALL - Sunday 4th August
Due to lack of numbers this event has unfortunately been CANCELLED

26 July 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat July 27 1st XI Burwell & Exning EAPL Home Draw SUD 216 - 8  :  BUR 94 - 0  
  2nd XI Frinton-on-Sea II Two Cty 2 Away Canc  
  3rd XI Brockley Two Cty 8 Home Canc At Gestingthorpe
Sun Jul 28 Sun XI Eight Ash Green NECL 3 Away Lost EAG 179 - 10  :  SUD 103 - 10

It had to happen - not a drop of rain all week and then the heavens opened up again for the weekend's matches with only the Sunday XI completing their match although as that ended in their first defeat of the season maybe we should have asked for some more rain.  
The 1st XI did eventually get under way at 3pm on Saturday in a reduced 37 / 33 overs match (the minimum allowed for an EAPL All Day match) and with seven players making 20 plus runs (Keelan Waldock and Ryan Vickery both 30) the team set a reasonable target of 216 for Burwell to chase which is exactly what they set out to do from the first over.  Just before 6:30pm the rain that had been falling throughout the entire innings became heavier leaving the umpires with no option other than to Abandon the game.  Credit to all the officials, players and groundstaff in their quest to "Get The Game On" - a message that has not always been followed this season.
Both the 2nd XI and 3rd XI had wasted journeys with not a ball bowled, leaving the Sunday XI hoping that their match away at Eight Ash Green would be on.  Following excellent work by the groundstaff the pitch was deemed playable, although understandably not at its best, and the Talbots limited their hosts to 179 with Morgan Waldock 3 - 28 and Ben Duncan 2 - 15 the pick of the bowlers.  For once Sudbury's batsmen didn't live up to normal standards with only Jonny Amos (24) and Allan Macdiarmid (27*) making double figures meaning a first league defeat of the season.  However, the side still occupies top spot in the table with a healthy lead over the chasing pack.
Finally, many thanks to all the volunteers who made Cricket Week a resounding success, and in particular to Louis Brooks and Ted Clarkson for their organisation.  The week's events really do show the club at its best when many "non cricket people" visit the club that is on on their doorsteps and enjoy the lunches and entertainment.  Planning for next year starts now !

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26 July 2019
Date Opposition Result Scores
Mon July 22 Old Grammarians Draw OG 297 - 8  :  SUD 263 - 8
U Ashfaq 135  S Halliday 71
O Riddick 4 - 68
Tue July 23 Symantec Old Boys Lost SUD 245 - 8  :  SYM 248 - 5
U Ashfaq 69  D Brett 67
B Fairs 2 - 25
Wed July 24 Cambridge MCCU Alumni Won CAM 127 - 10  :  SUD 131 - 7
B Parker 26  B Reece 26*
B Reece 3 - 27
Thu July 25 Olicanian Striders Lost SUD 273 - 6  :  OS 274 - 8 
K Moulton-Day 89  R Vickery 58
B Reece 2 - 46
Fri July 26 T20 v Twinstead
T20 v Acton
SUD 210 - 4  :  TWI 124 - 5
SUD 149 - 7  :  ACT 132 - 6  

17 July 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat July 20 1st XI Vauxhall Mallards EAPL Away Won VM 113 - 6  :  SUD 114 - 2
  2nd XI Braintree Two Cty 2 Home Lost SUD 278 - 6  :  BRA 280 - 7
  3rd XI Saxmundham Two Cty 8 Away Lost SUD 167 - 6  :  SAX 169 - 0

The 1st XI certainly enjoy close finishes as they overcame both their opponents and the weather to record a victory away at Vauxhall Mallards on Saturday.  After over a 3 hour break for rain Mallards innings eventually finished on 113 - 6 off a curtailed 38 overs (Henry Shipley 3 - 10) leaving Sudbury 34 overs to score just 114 to win but with the rain approaching there was no way that the side would be able to cruise to victory so Tom Huggins (54*) assisted by Ryan Vickery (28* off just 14 balls) went on the attack to reach their target.  The players had hardly got back to their changing room before the heavens opened again.
Star of the show for the 2nd XI was Dominic Crame with his first century for the club (118) and he was helped by Matt Pears (36) plus a final push from skipper Dale Brett (37) and Stuart Whitehart (47*) as they posted a very respectable 278 -6.  League leaders Braintree reached their target with 2.1 overs left helped by a century second wicket stand but Morgan Waldock returned fine figures of 3 - 80.
The 3rd XI came back empty handed from their long trip to Saxmundham as their hosts chased down Sudbury's total of 167 - 6 (Andy Holness 34 and Chris Miller 45) for the loss of no wickets in 29 overs.
The evening saw the start of Cricket Week with the Annual Auction Night featuring comedian Martin Gold.  An enjoyable night was had by all and many thanks to Louis Brooks for organising the event.
Now onto Cricket Week - if you're not lunching on any of the days why not come down to watch and enjoy a drink, or two, and soak up the sun.

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6-a-Side Tournament  -  Sunday July 21st
The annual festival of Cricket Week got under way on Sunday with the 6-a-Side Tournament and a new name will be engraved on the Trophy as the Gents of Suffolk beat Sudbury U/19 in a nail-biting final by running a bye off the last ball.  High drama indeed and a fitting end to an excellent day, and we hope all the visiting teams and spectators enjoyed themselves.  Many thanks to all the club's helpers who ensured that the day was a success, and particularly to organisers Ted Clarkson and Toby Butcher.

17 July 2019
The Junior Section held their annual Presentation Evening on Monday July 15th under the leadership of Junior Head Coach Phil Halliday.  The Age Section awards were presented by the respective Team Managers and the Junior Club Person of the Year was awarded to Lucy Amos who is pictured here with some of her teammates who now leave the Junior Section as they progress into Senior Cricket.  Many thanks to all who helped make the evening a rousing success.

10 July 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat July 13 1st XI Gt Witchingham EAPL Home Won SUD 244 - 10  :  GW 241 - 10
  2nd XI Kelvedon & Feering Two Cty 2 Away Lost KEL 203 - 8  :  SUD 166 - 9
  3rd XI Copford II Two Cty 8 Home Tied COP 234 - 10*  :  SUD 234 - 6
Sun July 14 1st XI Mildenhall Nat T20 Away Lost MIL 177 - 3  :  SUD 130 - 10
  1st XI Swardeston Nat T20 Away Lost SWA 203 - 3  :  SUD 108 - 10
  Sun XI Coggeshall Town NECL 3 Home Won Oppo Conceded
Fri July 12 Ladies Mistley League Home Won SUD 139 - 2  :  MIS 82 - 5
For Lords and Wimbledon on Sunday, read Friars Street and Gestingthorpe on Saturday.  Maybe the audiences were larger for the two fantastic events held at two of the world's most iconic and historic sporting venues on Sunday, but the Talbots produced their own dramatic finishes on Saturday as the 1st XI triumphed in the final over and the 3rd XI secured a Tie off the last ball.
With the 1st XI's score on 22 - 5 after 9 overs few would have expected a final total of 244, but a fantastic knock from Ben Parker (125, and last man out ) supported by Kenny Moulton-Day (29), Ben Reece (31) and James Poulson (29) saw the side post a reasonable target.  In reply Witchingham lost their overseas player Jack Boyle (who plays with Henry Shipley for Canterbury, New Zealand) in the fourth over, but the next major turning point didn't come until three balls before tea when Witchingham's captain and one of the top Norfolk and EAPL batsmen Sam Arthurton (52) gave a careless catch to Moulton-Day off the bowling of Ben Reece.  Although wickets fell at regular intervals after tea, an aggressive sixth wicket stand of 65 between Trewick (85) and Long (31) gave Witchingham's innings the boost it needed to push for victory.  Jonny Gallagher returned to the attack to bowl Long and Henry Shipley claimed the prize wicket of Trewick to leave Witchingham needing 27 with nine overs left. Shipley bowled Groves for the 9th wicket with 3 overs to go but unlike the previous three drawn matches when the final wickets proved elusive, off the first ball of the final over and needing 4 to win Hanby went for the winning shot off Reece only to find Batch at mid-off who took the catch to lead to the celebrations.  The victory means the side pulled a few points back from both Swardeston and leaders Frinton whose match against Vauxhall Mallards was conceded by Mallards as they couldn't raise a team to travel to the Essex coast - a very disturbing situation to see happen in the EAPL, maybe in Division 9 of the Two Counties league but not in one of the top club Leagues in the country.
The 2nd XI lost their important clash away at Kelvedon after limiting their opponents to 203 - wickets for Ben Hyett (3 - 59) and Keelan Waldock (2 - 30).  In reply Dominic Crame (36), Al Younger (29) and skipper Dale Brett (44) led the way but despite Stuart Whitehart's (19) late push the side ended 37 runs short as Peperell took 7 - 57 including three wickets off his last permitted over when he removed Brett, Amos and Witham.  The defeat leaves the side 11 points above the relegation places.
The thrilling tied match at Gestingthorpe for the 3rd XI against Copford by all accounts was full of drama.  Copford posted 234 all out but lost their final wicket off the last ball of their innings meaning that Sudbury didn't receive any additional overs as surely one extra over would have resulted in a victory as the Talbots finished their 45 overs with 4 wickets left.  Two wickets each for Ben Duncan, Dan Fisher, Bella Fairs and Morgan Waldock before Will Shropshire (39) and Chris Miller (49) gave the side a fine start with a first wicket stand of 52.  James Quin (51) and Charlie Thomas (35) appeared to have set the team on course for victory but the loss of two wickets in the 44th and 45th over left new batsman Dan Fisher needing 7 to win off 5 balls.  A bounday off the fifth ball meant 3 to win but Dan and partner Alex Ray could only manage 2 so the match ended as a Tie.  
With the Sunday XI's match at Friars Street conceded by the opposition the only live cricket to watch on Sunday was at Mildenhall where the Senior T20 side was in action in the National T20 Regional Finals Day.  The endeavours of the previous day's victory plus the absence of three major players resulted in two below par performances from the team as they were well beaten by both Mildenhall and Swardeston, with Swardeston ending up as the Region's winner and progressing into the next stage to be held at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday July 28th where they will compete with the winners from Hertfordshire, Essex and Middlesex to decide who progresses into the Semi-Final stage.
On Friday the Ladies XI finished their League season in fine style with a 57 run victory over Mistley at home.  The top three Sudbury batsmen all retired not out on 25 (Alison Barlow, Natasha Wilson and Ali Mahan) and with Bella Fairs conributing 23* the side posted a very useful 139 - 2 in their 20 overs which proved too much for Mistley - Jessica Gill with 2 - 8 off her 4 overs proving to be the top bowler.  I'm sure all the players would like to thank skipper Lucy Amos and her parents Lisa and Will plus coach Henry Shipley for all their efforts and guidance this season, and everyone can look forward to a successful 2020 season.

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3 July 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat July 6 1st XI Cambridge EAPL Away Aban CAM 150 - 3  :  SUD
  2nd XI Copford Two Cty 2 Home Aban COP 326 - 9  :  SUD 71 - 4
  3rd XI Coggeshall III Two Cty 8 Away Lost COG 320 - 6  :  SUD 179 - 8
  4th XI Old Chelmsfordians V Friendly Away Canc  
Sun July 7 Sun XI Great Totham NECL 3 Home Won SUD 159 - 8  :  GT 125 - 10
Fri July 5 Ladies Colchester League Home Lost COL 178 - 6  :  SUD 89 - 7
The rain once again decided to play centre stage on Saturday resulting in both the 1st and 2nd XI matches being abandoned, but before the umpires called it a day there had been some notable debuts for several Talbot players - Dominic Crame for the 1st XI and Bella Fairs for the 2nd XI.  Although Dom had to be content with surveying the large and immaculate outfield at Clare College against Cambridge, Bella was rewarded with 2 - 46 on her home ground which according to her fellow teammates was a fine effort.   With most of the originally selected 4th XI moving up to the 3rd XI due to a large level of unavailability the 4th XI's scheduled Friendly match had to be cancelled and our apologies to Old Chelmsfordians V XI.
With rain forecast for mid-afternoon 1st XI stand in captain Darren Batch decided to ask Cambridge to bat first and although Patrick Sadler (2 - 40) struck in the 7th over the game never really got going with any tempo and at 150 - 3 after 46 overs the covers went on for the final time.  The League handbook was consulted many times before the game was finally called off just after 5pm.  With four other abandoned matches in the EAPL the standings at the top of the table remain as per last week with Sudbury in third place.
At Friars Street our visitors amassed a huge 326 - 9 in their 45 overs but their innings didn't finish until just after 6pm due to two rain intervals.  Ben Duncan with 3 - 26 added to Bella's fine effort.  Having driven back from Cambridge along some fairly wet roads the 1st XI players were very surprised to see the 2nd XI still playing as they arrived back at the club and with beer in hand they were then treated to watching ex 1st XI skipper Pete Siegert reach 44 before the umpires called a halt due to bad light.  The 10 points gained was a useful return for the 2nd XI considering the total that they were asked to chase and with none of their close rivals near the foot of Two Counties Div 2 winning the side gained a few useful points on those other teams although they remain in tenth place just outside of the relegation places.
The "new look" 3rd XI performed admirably away at Coggeshall who were a much stronger side and secured a home victory by 142 runs.  Batting first Cogeshall made 320 from their 45 overs with Dave Hinchcliffe (2 - 54) being the pick of the Talbots' bowlers.  In reply Sudbury's top order all made reasonable starts but were then out in the low 20's apart from Hinchcliffe who ended on 30* and who with 3 fours in the final over secured an extra batting point.
On Friday the Ladies entertained a strong Colchester side at Friars Street and the visitors set an imposing target to chase down as they posted 178 - 6 with Jessica Gill (3 - 17) and Bella Fairs (2 - 27) returning the best figures with the ball.  In reply, Liz Greaves with 21 and Natasha Wilson 25* batted well as the Ladies showed great determination to keep their wickets intact and ensure that the side was not all out at the end of their 20 overs.
The Sunday XI recorded the only victory of the weekend as they maintained their 100% league record by beating second placed Great Totham at Friars Street by 34 runs.  Under the leadership of stand-in skipper Phil Halliday the side were invited to bat and an usually low score of 159 - 8 from the side (Jonny Amos 52 and Kenny Moulton-Day 36) looked very much a reachable target as their visitors put on 41 for the first wicket.  Wickets then tumbled at regular intervals with Lucy Amos (3 - 5) and Phil Halliday (4 - 16) the star performers plus 2 run-outs from Kenny Moulton-Day.  Not to be outdone by Charlie Thomas's fine catch in the deep, skipper Halliday then dived to his left to claim a caught and bowled which led to a fine round of applause from all the players and spectators, touched with an element of disbelief from the home fans in front of the pavilion !

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3 July 2019
June 100 Club Winners
£75 Matt Bird,  £50 Emma Quin,  £25 John Mallett

26 June 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat June 29 1st XI Mildenhall EAPL Away Draw SUD 234 - 9  :  MIL 156 - 9
  2nd XI Mildenhall II Two Cty 2 Home Lost SUD 184 - 8  :  MIL 186 - 9
  3rd XI Copford II Two Cty 8 Away Lost COP 239 - 9  :  SUD 200 - 8
  4th XI Bures Friendly Away Lost SUD 154 - 8  :  BUR 159 - 5
Sun June 30 Sun XI Gestingthorpe Friendly Home Won GES 184 - 10  :  SUD 185 - 9
Fri June 28 Sen T20 Felixstowe Suff Cup Away Won FEL 169 - 4  :  SUD 170 - 5
  Ladies Eight Ash Green League Away Won SUD 75 - 6  :  EAG 68 - 7
Three victories and three defeats, but for the 1st XI another frustrating draw as for the third week in a row the side failed to grab the final wicket(s) to win the match which once again they had mainly dominated.  Electing to bat first at Wamil Way on a track that soon revealed that it had very little to offer neither batsmen nor bowlers, Sudbury saw their way to a respectable 234 - 9 off their 64 overs, mainly due to an excellent 99 from James Poulson and 46 from Ryan Vickery.  The disappointment on James' face as he holed out to mid-on just one run short of his maiden EAPL century was echoed by all the Talbot players and spectators - the fact that his knock was the top score in the whole match by 53 runs emphasizes what a fine innings it was.  Mildenhall's reply never really got going as Sudbury's bowlers showed fine discipline as they toiled away taking wickets at regular intervals against batsmen who showed little interest in chasing down their target.  Three quick wickets in two overs from Darren Batch (3 - 14) plus another from Ben Reece (2 - 65 off 18 overs) saw Mildenhall lose 4 wickets between overs 38 and 42 and when the ninth wicket fell in over 49 with the score on 139 a victory looked the most likely result.  Unfortunately the final wicket proved too elusive as MIldenhall's final pair blocked out the final 9 overs for just 17 runs despite the efforts of Reece and Henry Shipley (2 - 28).  The result means that the side remains in third place in the EAPL just 10 points behing Swardeston but 32 points behind leaders Frinton.
The 2nd XI had an excellent match against Mildenhall II at Friars Street with our visitors winning with just 3 balls and 1 wicket left.  Winning the toss and batting first Sudbury made one of their best starts of the season with Will Shropshire (30) and Alex Quin (42) making steady progress before Usama Ashfaq (33) and Jo Harvey (21) contributed well in a total of 184 - 8 off the 45 overs.  An injury to opening bowler Charlie Thomas after bowling 7 overs didn't help the team's cause but Allan Macdiarmid (3 - 22) and Andrew Simmons (2 - 44) kept things tight but they couldn't prevent the experienced Adam Trett (58*) guiding his team to victory as they got the 11 runs needed off the final over in just 3 balls.  The defeat leaves the side just outside the relegation places in Two Counties Division 2.
Away at Copford II, the 3rd XI looked well placed when they had the home side 160 - 9 after 34 overs, but a final wicket stand of 79 saw Copford close on 239 - 9 with Bella Fairs (3 - 25) and Dan Fisher (3 - 31) being the pick of the bowlers.  In reply a fine knock by Andy Holness (54*) before he had to retire injured certainly hampered the Talbots' run chase and despite fine contributions from Chris Miller (22), Phil Halliday (25) and Bella Fairs (21*) the side fell 39 runs short, but by making 200 they secured the full 5 batting bonus points.
The 4th XI made a rare appearance this season with an away friendly at Bures in a match reduced to 30 overs a side due to the heat.  A half-century from Chairman Louis Brooks (52) and 38 from James Clark enabled the Talbots to reach 154 off their alloted overs which Bures reached in 23 overs despite 2 wickets each for Nick Burton (2 - 36) and Greg Pemberton (2 - 29).
The first of the weekend's victories were achieved by the Senior T20 and the Ladies sides on Friday night as they both secured away victories.  For the men against Ben Parker's Felixstowe, Kenny Moulton-Day with 52 (retired) and skipper Ben Reece (29) were the main performers as the side maintained their 100% record (4 wins out of 4), whilst 24 from Beccy Spencer and 2 wickets each for Aimee Collins and Jasmin Brooks saw the Ladies to victory at Eight Ash Green.
On Sunday, Kenny Moulton-Day brought his Gestingthorpe Friendly XI and his brother Billy to Friars Street but they were defeated by 1 wicket in a very close game.  Star of the show was James Quin with 5 wickets for just 4 runs in 4.4 overs as Gestingthorpe were all out for 184 before Jonny Amos (50 retired) and Al Younger (50 retired) set the scene for Club Captain Darren Batch, who was making a rare Sunday appearance alongside fellow 1xt XI regulars Paddy Sadler and Henry Shipley, saw the side home with 23*.
The half-way point of the League Season has now been reached and whilst the 1st XI need to turn draws into victories to keep pressure on the teams above them in the EAPL, the 2nd XI also need to gain a few more victories to ease themselves away from the relagtion places - with an improvement in availability they will dertainly have the talent to achieve that.

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23 June 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat June 22 1st XI Bury St Edmunds EAPL Home Draw SUD 280 - 10  :  BSE 173 - 8
  2nd XI Little Bardfield Two Cty 2 Away Won SUD 127 - 9  :  LB 101 - 10
  3rd XI Coggeshall III Two Cty 8 Home Won SUD 173 - 9  :  COG 75 - 9
Sun June 23 Sun XI Tendring Friendly Home Won SUD 213 - 9  :  TEN 172 - 10
Fri June 21 Sen T20 Copdock & O I Suff Cup Away Won COP 179 - 5  :  SUD 183 - 6
  Ladies Mistley League Away Lost SUD 64 - 10  :  MIS 67 - 1

Just a single defeat for the club over the weekend, the Ladies being well beaten by league leaders Mistley away on Friday night by 9 wickets.
The 1st XI had another frustrating All Day match at Friars Street on Saturday against local rivals Bury St Edmunds in that the opposition didn't really make much of an effort to chase down Sudbury's 280 - 10, a similar situation to that of last weekend's draw at Swardeston.  Asked to bat first the Talbots started at a fairly brisk pace and although wickets fell at regular intervals (Adam Mansfield 25, Darren Batch 38) a fine half-century from Ben Parker (54) was then matched by Ben Reece (62)  who followed last week's 72* with another excellent innings as he accelerated the scoring rate assisted by a quick 25 from James Poulson.  With Jonny Gallagher and Poulson both back to fitness and able to bowl Bury's innings never got going and at 104 - 6 in the 37th over it looked as if Sudbury would  ease their way to victory.  Unfortunately Bury's two South African players had other ideas as they dug in and only two further wickets fell in the remaining 22 overs despite sterling efforts from Henry Shipley (3 - 26) and Ben Reece (3 - 66).  The All Day format offers different challenges to the Limited Over format in that to win batting first a team has to bowl out their opponents which as the last two matches has proved is not always as easy as it appears.  The 17 points gained closes the gap at the top of the EAPL which is now headed by Frinton-on-Sea, helped by previous leaders Swardeston's surprise defeat away at Saffron Waldon.
The 2nd XI gained a welcome victory away at bottom of the table side Little Bardfield Village in a very low scoring match played on a very dry and crumbling pitch.  Matt Pears (27) and Cameron Stace (26) saw the side to 127 in their 45 overs and apparently Barfield knew that once they would have to chase over a hundred they would be in trouble which they duly were as they were bowled out for just 101 in the 33rd over.  Charlie Thomas with 5 maidens in his 15 overs returned 2 - 42 but it was "England's" Andy Simmons with 5 - 52 helped by Cameron Stace (2 - 3) who quickly ripped through the Barfield batsmen.  The 20 points gained sees the side move up two places to 9th and let's hope that Saturday's victory is the beginning of a run of good results to go with the fine work being done by skipper Dale Brett.
A win also for the 3rd XI at home to Coggeshall III by a margin of 98 runs sees the side in 6th place in Division 8.  With Toby Butcher out injured the side was skippered by Will Amos and solid contributions from Andy Holness (35), Usama Ashfaq (29) and James Quin (22) saw the side to 173 - 9 before our young crop of bowlers got to work.  Ben Duncan (2 - 10), Morgan Waldock (3 - 9) and Dan Fisher (2 - 2) skittled Coggeshall's ten man side out for just 75 to record a maximum 20 point victory.
The Sunday XI had a break from League action with a home friendly against Tendring which gave skipper Keelan Waldock the opportunity to change the batting line-up, and by promoting the club's leading wicket taker Charlie Thomas to open the innings those present witnessed CT record his highest ever score for the club with 78.  His previous highest was 57 back in 2001 against Coggeshall for our Sunday 2nd XI.  Three wickets for Dan Soburg and 2 for Alex Ray saw the side to victory by 41 runs.
Friday saw the Senior T20 side in action at Copdock where they recorded a victory by 4 wickets as they passed Copdock's total of 179 with 2 balls remaining.  Two wickets each for skipper Ben Reece and Jonny Amos (2 - 2 in his only over) was backed up with the bat by Ryan Vickery (35), James Poulson (42) and Kenny Moulton-Day (48) which sees the side on a maximum 15 points and top of the league after 3 matches. 
Whilst the Ladies and Men were running around in their respective T20 matches, some 40 club members and guests were enjoying a more leisurely evening in the company of Pete and Sarah Siegert at the Club for the annual Cheese & Wine Night.  Once again this proved to be a very popular and enjoyable evening and our thanks to Pete and Sarah for their excellent effort and hospitality as normal.
Finally, a huge "thank you" to VP Alan Baker and his wife Mary who have completed the painting of the railings along Friars Street plus the three gates into the ground.  Not satisfield with that, they have now started treating the benches around the ground - great club members who rarely miss a 1st XI or T20 match, whether at home or away.

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16 June 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat June 15 1st XI Swardeston EAPL Away Draw SUD 323 - 8  :  SWA 191 - 7
  2nd XI Kesgrave Two Cty 2 Home Lost KES 203 - 9  :  SUD 167 - 10
  3rd XI Kesgrave II Two Cty 8 Away Lost KES 273 - 4  :  SUD 144 - 10
  4th XI Westcliffe Friendly Home Canc Ground waterlogged
Sun June 16 Sun XI Great Horkesley NECL 3 Home Won SUD 323 - 7  :  GH 78 - 10
Fri June 14 Sen T20 Kesgrave Suff Cup Home Canc Kesgrave Conceded
  Ladies Colchester League Away Lost SUD 64 - 7  :  COL 65 - 0

Again the rain attempted to ruin the weekend's cricket but apart from the 4th XI match being called off on Thursday due to a waterlogged ground at Gosfield CC and Friday night's Senior T20 Suffolk Cup match being conceded by visitors Kesgrave all the matches started on time.
Facing league leaders Swardeston away without three of your main bowlers didn't dampen the 1st XI's spirits as they won every part of Saturday's contest apart from the actual match which ended in a draw.  Swardeston's bowling attack was also weakened by injury which assisted Sudbury as they posted a massive 323 - 8 off their 63 overs (one over a side was lost to a short rain shower just after lunch).  Fine knocks from skipper Adam Mansfield (52) and Darren Batch (46) saw the side reach 164 - 6 at lunch, and the opinion was that a score of 200 would set a reasonable total on a pitch that wasn't the easiest to score on.  Henry Shipley (89) and Ben Reece (72*) had different ideas as they steadily increased the tempo with Swardeston's captain Joe Gatting being the main bowler to suffer as his 18 overs went for 113 with just 1 wicket in the plus column.  Both Henry and Ben plundered any loose delivery in their fifth wicket partnership of 130, and even good balls were despatched to, or over, the boundary.  Swardeston's impressive batting line-up is always vulnerable early on but the Talbots struggled to make a breakthough until the 15th over, but tight and controlled lines from Shipley and Paddy Sadler had limited the scoring to just over 3 an over - well behind the asking rate.  Once the 100 was up in the 29th over Sudbury started to make inroads into the Swardeston batting and wickets fell regularly until at 175 - 7 with 5 overs left Callum Taylor (63*) settled things down to run down the overs.  Two wickets each for Batch (2 - 29) and Reece (2 - 32 off 18 overs) and 16 points gained which means that whilst remaining in 3rd place in the EAPL the side is just now only 9 points behind second placed Frinton whose match away at Bury St Edmunds was called off on Friday afternoon, and a further 12 points behind leaders Swardeston.
Once again, a large number of players being unavailable meant that both the 2nd and 3rd XIs had to field under-strength sides with 3rd team captain Toby Butcher scratching around for players on the Friday.  At Friars Street the 2nd team did well to limit Kesgrave to 203 off their 45 overs - Charlie Thomas 3 - 39 and two wickets in an over for both Allan Macdiarmid (2 - 43) and Jonny Amos (2 - 41), but a poor start to Sudbury's reply saw them struggling at 24 - 6 once Kesgrave's Connor Betts achieved a hat-trick in the 13th over - Jonny Amos, Usama Ashfaq and James Quin being the three batsmen on the receiving end.  Fortunately Dominic Crame (80) was then joined by Ollie Burns (36) to put on a stand of 94, but despite some late order contributions the side fell short by 36 runs with 4.5 overs remaining.
The 3rd XIs away match against Kesgrave 2nd XI was a fairly one sided affair.  A very young bowling attack, complemented with the more experienced Santosh Nair (2 - 46) and Ollie Mills making their first outings of the season, toiled away as Kesgrave reached 273 off their 45 overs, and despite 51 from skipper Toby Butcher and 29 from Nair the side fell short by 129 runs.
The Sunday XI totally dominated their NECL Div 3 match against Great Horkesley with stand-in captain Ryan Vickery making a massive 175 before the side bowled their visitors out for just 75 - two wickets each for Charlie Thomes (2 - 19) and Morgan Waldock (2 - 2).
With Friday's home Suffolk Cup match conceded by Kesgrave it was left to the Ladies away at Colchester to provide some cricket, but unfortunately our strong opponents chased down Sudbury's 64 - 7 in just 9.1 overs for the loss of no wickets.  Natasha Wilson with 22 and Lucy Amos 16* batted well in Sudbury's innings.
Finally, Congratulations to our very own Andrew Simmons who is representing England over 50’s this weekend against Wales. Great to see some recognition for his incredible performances and consistency.

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10 June 2019
A true legend of Sudbury Cricket Club in the 1950-60 era has passed away in the form of Arthur Nears, at the age of 88.  A powerfully built fast bowler, and also a batsman of some note, he was a true, modest cricketing gentleman and held a unique record in the history of the club.  In what was probably the finest ever individual bowling performance for Sudbury, he registered two hat-tricks in a spell which demolished the highly-rated Braintree for 20 in 1952.  Reportedly, the Essex side regarded their Suffolk rivals as minnows in those days, but were pole axed by Nears, as he took eight wickets for 10 runs.  Braintree were said to be somewhat reluctant to renew their acquaintance with Sudbury for several years after!  For a time, Nears formed a formidable opening attack with Suffolk player and fellow Gestingthorpe resident Mike Prior, many feeling the Sudbury all-rounder deserved to have partnered his team mate in the county side.  His funeral will be held at Three Counties Crematorium on Thursday, June 20 at 12.30 pm.  Tribute by Alan Cocksedge.
Click here to read a tribute from Rick Shepperson.

10 June 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat June 8 1st XI Horsford EAPL Home Won HOR 126 - 10  :  SUD 129 - 9
  2nd XI East Bergholt Two Cty 2 Away Canc  
  3rd XI Colchester Cav Two Cty 8 Away Canc  
Sun June 9 Sun XI Chippenham Friendly Home Won SUD 262 - 3  :  CHI 176 - 10
Fri June 7 Ladies Eight Ash Green League Home Canc  

With both the 2nd XI and 3rd XI matches succumbing to the rain, and also that of the Ladies on Friday night, it was left to the 1st XI to provide some cricket on Saturday, and they didn't let their fans down as they beat Horsford at home with just one ball remaining in another enthralling match at Friars Street.  Three weeks ago Frinton won off the penultimate ball when James Poulson was caught going for the winning boundary.  On Saturday, Ben Reece found himself in the same position but aided by some mis-fielding off the fifth ball of the 35th over saw the team home as he struck 10 off the last over.
The match eventually started at 2:45 pm as a 74 over match (39 / 35) after some fine work by the groundstaff, players and umpires to ensure that a match was played, when stand-in skipper Darren Batch invited Horsford to bat first.  Some very tight bowling from Jonny Gallagher (0 - 14 off 5.2 overs before he limped off injured to be substituted by Ben Hyett who had returned from the 2nd team's cancelled match) and Paddy Sadler (0 - 9 off 4 overs) set the tone for the innings as every run had to be hard earned.  The introduction of Tom Huggins (3 - 33) saw the first wicket fall, and he was backed up by Henry Shipley (4 - 29) before Slater returned to finish with 3 - 24 resulting in a total of just 126 after 38.5 overs.  What appeared a fairly straightforward chase soon appeared to be a tall order as the Talbots were soon 2 wickets down for just 1 run.  A third wicket partnership of 31, the highest of the innings, between Tom Huggins (28) and Ryan Vickery (11) stabilised the innings to a degree but wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.  Ben Reece came to the crease at 72 - 6 but after having been dropped on zero he proceeded to control the innings with his various partners, dispatching the bad ball to the boundary to keep the score edging forward in his match winning 38*.  The hobbling Jonny Gallagher survived just one ball at the end of the 34th over allowing Reece to be on strike for the final over - "4 . . 2 4" and cue the wild celebrations.  The match was a tribute to all involved with cricket the definite winner.  Too many matches are called off too early nowadays and Saturday was a perfect example of how the spirit of "get the game on" should be applied.
The victory keeps the 1st XI in third place just 18 points behind Frinton and 28 behind next week's opponents Swardeston.  These two sides played out a Drawn match on Saturday - the only other EAPL match to not be called off.  As a footnote, Henry Shipley with 11 wickets from the last 3 matches is now joint top wicket taker in the EAPL with 15 wickets.  His strike partner Patrick Sadler with 10 wickets in the same 3 matches now sits on 13 for the season - let's hope these two new members can reproduce their current form next Saturday.
The sun returned on Sunday as the SUnday XI entertained Chippenham in a Friendly match.  Skiiper Keelan Waldock continued his fine Sunday form with another century (102) and wickets from brothet Morgan Waldock (3 - 29) and Will Fairs (2 - 29) saw the side home to a comfortable victory.
On the County front, congratulations to Ryan Vickery who made his Senior County T20 debut in Sunday's T20 double header against Hertfordshire.
On Friday, the Fund Raising Committee organised a Cricket World Cup Laser Shoot at the ground and despite the rain a great time was had by all - many thanks to Ted Clarkson and his committee for organising another excellent evening.

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3 June 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat June 1 1st XI Saffron Walden EAPL Away Won SW 127 - 10  :  SUD 131 - 5  
  2nd XI Elmstead Two Cty 2 Home Won SUD 212 - 10  :  ELM 196 - 10
  3rd XI Tendring Two Cty 8 Away Won SUD 183 - 6  :  TEN 147 - 10 
  4th XI Twinstead Friendly Away Won TWI 154 - 10  :  SUD 156 - 1
Sun June 2 Sun XI Boxted NECL 3 Away Won BOX 116 - 10  :  SUD 120 - 0
Fri May 31 Sen T20 Kesgrave Suff Cup Away Won SUD 216 - 6  :  KES 97 - 7
  Ladies Mistley League Home Lost MIS 105 - 8  :  SUD  50 - 10
A fantastic set of results for the club this weekend with only the Ladies suffering a defeat to league leaders Mistley on Friday night, and the 2nd XI rightly taking the "victory of the weekend" accolade for their excellent victory at home against Elmstead (Div 1 Champions only two years ago) on Saturday.
The 1st XI had a fairly comfortable win away at Saffron Walden to retain third place in the EAPL.  Walden struggled with the bat all innings with their top partnership being just 29.  Sudbury's first three bowlers (Paddy Sadler 3 - 40, Jonny Gallagher 1 - 24 and James Poulson 1 - 5) all started their spells with a wicket maiden and with Henry Shipley returning 4 - 32 with some fast and aggressive bowling they limited Walden to just 127.  In reply Sudbury lost Martyn Cull in the second over before Adam Mansfield (22) and Darren Batch (24) started to build the innings, but two quick wickets saw the side on 61 - 4.  Henry Shipley (47*) then took centre stage and with Kenny Moulton-Day (13*) saw the side home with 5 wickets to spare on a pitch where batting remained difficult all day.
Opting to bat first at Friars Street the 2nd XI soon found themselves 3 wickets down before Matt Pears (36) was joined by Dominic Crame (66) and together they stabilised the innings before Jonny Amos (45) then continued the innings to a respactable 212.  Despite an early breakthrough from Stuart Whitehart, Elmstead appeared to be in full control as two of their batsmen reached their half-centuries but when both were out for 61 it was down to their captain to steer them home.  Andy Simmons (7 - 52) had different ideas and as Elmstead's score started to fall below the asking rate wickets began to tumble with the tenth wicket falling to the third ball of the final over - a fine catch in front of the scoreboard by Alex Quin off the bowling of hero Andy Simmons.  The celebrations of the players was rightly mirrored by those from the home spectators, and although the result leaves the team in the relegation places this victory will surely give the side confidence to start putting a decent set of results together provided availability remains good.
The improved availability meant a much stronger 3rd XI which this week was led by Chris Cook.  The skipper's 34 and then 31 from Andy Holness followed on from the good start made by Pete Siegert (54) in helping the team post 186 - 3 which proved too much for Tendring.  Charlie Thomas made a tremendous contribution of 3 - 33 off his 15 overs in the afternoon sun but it was the youngsters who cleaned up as Morgan Waldock (2 - 38) and Lucy Amos (4 - 6 in just 4.4 overs) saw the side to victory.
The 4th XI had a late change of fixture and made the short trip to Twinstead.  Skipper Paul Edwards put his faith in the youngsters who didn't let the side down as Lewis Miller (2 - 20), Bella Fairs (3 - 24) and then her brother Will Fairs (4 - 37) did the damage with the ball.  In reply, Usama Ashfaq made his long awaited club debut and showed his ability before he retired not out on 55 allowing Tom Park (37) and Matt Griffith (34*) to chase down the required total for the loss of just 1 wicket.
The previous day the Senior T20 side played their first match of the season and came away from Kesgrave with a huge 119 run victory.  Skipper Ben Reece was able to field a strong side which has to include three U/18 players. Batting first Sudbury posted 216 - 6  with Darren Batch, Kenny Moulton-Day and Ben Reece all retiring not out after reaching 50.  Kesgrave, whose 1st XI play in Two Cty Div 2 alongside our 2nd XI, had few answers against the Talbot's mainly 1st XI attack, assisted by a welcome return from Billy Moulton-Day, and with the skipper helping himself to 3 - 6 at the end of the innings victory was comfortably assured. 
The Ladies put up a fine performance against league leaders and favourites Mistley on Friday night at Friars Street and although they lost by 55 runs the girls can be proud of their efforts.  Two wickets each for Amiee Collins (2 - 24) and Ali Mahan (2 - 14) but only Liz Spencer (18) and Natasha Wilson (11) reached double figures with the bat.
Possibly the highlight of the weekend was the Junior Kwik-Cricket Tournament at Friars Street on Sunday.  Eighteen U/9 teams turned out playing in 4 separate leagues - a huge task to organise and keep flowing but under the expert leadership of Phil Halliday and his legion of volunteers the event ran like clockwork.  The appreciation of many of the visiting team managers, players and their parents was evident throughout the event and many also expressed their wishes that their clubs could put on the same kind of event - testament indeed and well done again to Phil and all those who gave up their Sunday to help.
The Sunday side won their fifth successive NECL Div 3 league match away at Boxted on Sunday - a comfortable victory apparently and more details will follow.

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1 June 2019
May 100 Club Winners
£75 Anne-marie Shropshire,  £50 Peter Mills,  £25 Alan Cocksedge

31 May 2019
We have been advised by Waitrose that we will receive the sum of £200.00 as a result of the recent Green Token Collection held in May.  The club would like to thank Waitrose for their generosity and also thank their customers who supported our cause.

27 May 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat May 25 1st XI Copdock & O I EAPL Home Won SUD 296 - 6  :  COP 148 - 10
  2nd XI Clacton-on-Sea Two Cty 2 Away Lost SUD 124 - 10  :  CLA 126 - 5 
  3rd XI Maldon III Two Cty 8 Home Lost SUD 125 - 9  :  MAL 126 - 5
Sun May 26 Sun XI Eight Ash Green NECL 3 Home Won SUD 312 - 4  :  EAG 165 - 10
Fri May 24 Ladies Colchester League Home Lost COL 107 - 5  :  SUD 89-10
The 1st XI returned to winning ways on Saturday at home to Copdock & Old Ipswichian as they recorded a 148 run victory in the first of the EAPL All Day Format (120 overs) set of 11 matches before the league finishes off the season with a further 6 Limited Over matches.  Put in to bat the side made a steady start with skipper Adam Mansfield (43) leading the way.  Runs, however, were hard to come by, and at 80 - 2 after 30 overs the run rate needed to increase.  Darren Batch held the innings together (88*)  but is was only when Batch was joined by first Kenny Moulton-Day (64 off 33 balls) and then Ben Reece (42* off 16 balls) that the rate accelerated.  A staggering 158 was scored off the last 15 overs and the effect on the Copdock players was very noticeable.  In reply, Ben Claydon (42) looked very assured but only ex Talbot junior Jack Beaumont (28) gave him any real support as Copdock were all out for exactly half of Sudbury's total in just 42.4 overs.  Well deserved figures from Paddy Sadler (4 - 64), Henry Shipley (3 - 33)  and Ben Reece (3 - 33) backed up by the best fielding display of the season.  The side move up to 3rd place in the league before they travel to Saffron Walden next weekend.
The 2nd team continues to struggle as they returned empty handed from the trip away to Clacton-on Sea 1st XI - a defeat that sees the side drop into the relegation places.  Asked to bat, and once again missing some key batsmen, the side did well to bat nearly all their overs but could only total 124.  Captain Dale Brett (30*) and Andy Holness (23) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.  A wicket for Charlie Thomas in his first over was a promising start with the ball and although every bowler claimed a wicket, Clacton secured victory for the loss of 5 wickets in just 30.3 overs.  Div 2 is a tough league where the side is regularly playing against 1st XIs, and Dale Brett needs better availability from the experienced players if they are to survive - he certainly deserves their help.
At Gestingthorpe the 3rd XI suffered their second successive defeat, this time to the hands of Maldon 3rd XI.  A total of 125 (Toby Butcher 35 and Allan Macdiarmid 20) was chased down by Maldon in just 33 overs for the loss of 5 wickets (Lucy Amos 2 - 19).  
The Sunday XI secured their place at the top of the NECL Div 3 with their fourth successive victory of the season.  Skipper Keelan Waldock led the way with his third Sunday century of the season (138*) and knocks from Ryan Vickery (51) and Dan Soborg (44*) saw the Talbots post an imposing 312 - 4.  In reply, Lucy Amos (4 - 24) quickly claimed the first three wickets of Eight Ash Green's innings and the other bowlers eagerly backed her up as the innings ended in the 30th over with the score on 165.  The game fell victim to just over a two hour rain delay during Sudbury's innings and credit to all the players for following the "Get the Game" on initiative promoted by the ECB.  
The hard work that the Ladies are putting into their Thursday night nets under the tuition of Henry Shipley is certainly paying off, and although the side lost at home to a consistently strong Colchester side on Friday night by 18 runs there were some fine individual performances.  The bowling efforts of Bella Fairs (1 - 12)  and Lucy Amos (1 - 15)  off their 4 overs were followed by 30* from Natasha Wilson and 30 from Alison Barlow with the bat - fine efforts indeed.
The clubhouse on Saturday night hosted a "Music Shuffle" night and whilst it would have been good to see a few more people supporting the event, those present had a very enjoyable time listening to the musical preferences of the club members representing just over a 60 year age gap.  I doubt if Vera Lynn's "The White Cliifs of Dover" has been heard many times in the history of the clubhouse, but that was one of Chairman Louis Brooks' choices.  Many thanks to Ben Reece for organising the night.

Just In - The Regional Finals Day of the National T20 will be held on Sunday July 14th at Mildenhall CC.  The 1st XI will play Mildenhall at 10:15 and then Swardeston at 13:30 before Mildenhall play Swardeston in the last match of the mini League at 16:45.

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24 May 2019
EGM  -  May 23rd 2019
The EGM held on Thursday May 23rd voted unanimously to pass the motion "to take such steps as may be required to incorporate Sudbury (Suffolk) & District Cricket Club as a Community Interest Company Limited by Gaurantee".  The Management Committee will now proceed with the relevant Application procedures.

16 May 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat May 18 1st XI Frinton-on-Sea EAPL Home Lost FRI 210 - 6  :  SUD 206 - 10
  2nd XI Dunmow Two Cty 2 Away Lost SUD 92 - 10  :  DUN 93 - 3
  3rd XI Chappel & W C Two Cty 8 Home Lost CHA 240 - 6  :  SUD 100 - 8
Sun May 19 1st XI Frinton-on-Sea Nat T20 SF Away Won SUD 176 - 3  :  FRI 165 - 6
  1st XI Bury St Edmunds Nat T20 F Away Won SUD 169 - 4  :  BSE 154 - 6 
  Sun XI Coggeshall Town NECL 3 Away Won SUD 235 - 5  :  COG 111 - 10
Fri May 17 Ladies Eight Ash Green League Away Aban EAG 80 - 4  :  SUD 57 - 2
The highlight of the weekend has to be Sudbury's progress through to the EAPL Divisional Finals Day of the T20 Competition which will be played on Sunday July 14th, probably at Mildenhall when we will face Mildenhall and Swardeston in a "round-robin league" to determine who progresses into the next round.  Victories against hosts Frinton-on-Sea by 11 runs (Tom Huggins 78 and Adam Mansfield 52) and then against  Bury St Edmunds by 15 runs in the final  (Tom Huggins 92, Darren Batch 52* and Henry Shipley 2 - 20) saw Sudbury through.  Many thanks to hosts Frinton-on-Sea for their excellent hospitality.
The T20 victory over Frinton was the perfect way for the team to respond to their Saturday defeat at home to Frinton in the EAPL.  The intensity and importance of the game was evident from both the players and the crowd from the first ball and when Jonny Gallagher removed opener Griggs with the ninth ball of the innings the standard was set.  All the bowlers kept Frinton very quiet and it was only in the last ten overs that they began to accelerate closing on 210 which was potentially 20 to 30 runs short of what they would have targeted.  In reply Sudbury's innings got off to the worst possible start when Tom Huggins was LBW to the third ball of the innings.  Unlike last week nearly all the batmen made good starts but only Darren Batch (72) could push on and build a major innings. At 154 - 6 at the start of the 41st over Sudbury looked well set with Batch now partnered by James Poulson (39) but Batch was then out with the side still needing 55 to win with just 3 wickets left.  Enter last week's young hero Alex Quin who again partnered Poulson as they set about getting over the line but the fall of two wickets in the 49th over left 11 needed off the final over of the match.  Poulson scored a 4 then a 2 off the first two balls but was then caught at mid-off from the penultimate ball leaving the Talbots 5 runs short of victory.  A fantastic match played to a very high standard in front of a large and very supportive crowd - just the wrong result which leaves the side in joint 5th place with 68 points (2 wins, 2 defeats and 1 abandoned).
The 2nd XI with five regulars unavailable travelled to bottom of the table Dunmow and returned with just a single bowling point.  Only four Sudbury batsmen made double figures in their total of 92 which was chased down by Dunmow in just 17.5 overs for the loss of 3 wickets - all taken by Charlie Thomas (3 - 47).  This defeat sees the side slip into the bottom two relegation places - availability is going to be key this season if the side is to remain in Div 2 - hopefully it will improve for next week's visit to mid-table Clacton.
The unavailability in the 2nd XI naturally had a similar effect on the 3rd XI who lost by 140 runs in their home match against Chappel & Wakes Colne played at Gestingthorpe.  Despite two wickets each for Ben Duncan and Dave Hinchcliffe, and a fine opening spell from Allan Macdiarmid (0 - 20 from 9 overs), Chappel scored 240 which proved well out of Sudbury's reach as they ended on 100 (Toby Butcher 25 and Paul Edwards 20*) securing just a single batting point.
The Sunday XI kept up their 100% winning record despite being without captain Keelan Waldock and Ryan Vickery (who were on 1st XI T20 duty) and playing with only ten men against joint league leaders Coggeshall Town.  A fine first club century from Dale Brett (101) assisted by Will Amos (76*) saw the side post a challenging 235 from their 40 overs.  Good bowling figures all round with Morgan Waldock returning 4 - 23 as Coggeshall were all out for just 111 meaning a victory by 124 runs, and "top of the league".
On Friday the Ladies started their season away at Eight Ash Green and were cruising to victory as they needed just 23 more runs to win from 10 overs before the heavens opened resulting in an abandoned match.  No doubt that if the Ladies league utilised DLS these scores would have been converted into a victory.
On Monday and Tuesday this week, the club plays hosts to the Sudbury School's Kwik-Cricket Boys and Girls Competitions so if you have some spare time please pop down to the ground and give Phil Halliday a helping hand as he co-ordinates everything with the teachers.

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14 May 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat May 11 1st XI Burwell & Exning EAPL Away Lost BUR 168 - 10  :  SUD 137 - 10 
  2nd XI Frinton-on-Sea II Two Cty 2 Home Lost SUD 175 - 10  :  FRI 176 - 9
  3rd XI Brockley II Two Cty 8 Away Won BRO 143 - 6  :  SUD 144 - 2
  4th XI Twinstead Friendly Away Canc  
Sun May 12 Sun XI West Bergholt NECL 3 Home Won SUD 342 - 5  :  WB 93 - 10
Despite the attempts by the weather on Saturday, only the 4th XI Friendly away at Twinstead was cancelled, although unfortunately it was only the 3rd XI who came away with a victory.
The 1st XI's visit to the picturesque ground at Exning looked fine up to the interval as the bowlers did their job in limiting Burwell & Exning to 168 off 47.5 overs (match reduced to 49 overs) with Ben Reece (4 - 34) helping himself to a batch of wickets at the end of Burwell's innings.  Jonny Gallagher's 2 - 14 off his opening spell of 6 overs was also impressive and although batting wasn't easy, not helped by the outfield grass which was quite long making boundaries very difficult to hit, the target of 168 looked very reachable until Burwell's opening bowler Sam Rippington removed both Adam Mansfield and Darren Batch in his second over.  Apart from Tom Huggins (29) the top order batsmen only totalled 19 between them which saw Sudbury on 52 - 7 and facing a heavy defeat.  Fortunately James Poulson, who batted number 8, had different ideas and his 59 was a fine effort as he attempted to guide the Talbots to a possibe and unlikely victory.  James was partnered in a stand of 80 by young Alex Quin who played the innings of his fledgeling career as he guarded his wicket with his life.  When Alex was finally last man out with 18 to his name the applause he received was well deserved, and he probably learnt more about the game of cricket during his 97 minute stay than he has in all the other innings that he has played in senior cricket.  The loss, and only 5 points, leaves the 1st XI in 5th place as they move forward to next Saturday's home match against current leaders Frinton-On-Sea.
At Friars Street the 2nd XI entertained league leaders Frinton-on-Sea II and a tremendous match went down to the final over - unfortunately Sudbury couldn't quite gain the victory as a leg-bye took Frinton beyond the Talbots' score of 175.  This "final over" was an extra over for Frinton as Sudbury were dismissed in the 44th over meaning that Frinton gained an additional over - at the end of their 45th over the scores were tied.  Fine performances with the bat from Cameron Stace (60) and his opening partner Pete Siegert (41) but Sudbury's final 8 wickets only yielded 34 runs.  Spinners Ben Hyett (3 - 50) and Andrew Simmons (4 - 59) did the damage in Frinton's reply before Stuart Whitehart came back for a second spell and with 2 wickets for just 12 runs in 6.3 overs he so nearly saw Sudbury home.
The winning honours go to the 3rd XI who won a reduced 35 overs match away at Brockley II.  Batting first Brockley's innings finished on 143 - 6 with young Morgan Waldock taking 4 - 52 plus a run-out, before openers Toby Butcher (65) and Chris Cook (35) made a fine start in Sudbury's reply.  Chris Miller (32*) then saw the side home to an eight wicket victory with one over to spare.
The Sunday XI's first home NECL match resulted in a massive 249 run victory which leaves them joint top of the league with Coggeshall Town who they meet away next Sunday.  Batting first, skipper Keelan Waldock scored his second Sunday century of the season, and his 147 included four 6's and seventeen 4's.  Jonny Amos added 85 which left the visitors a target of 343 to win.  Opening bowlers Lucy Amos (2 - 21) and Charlie Thomas (3 - 17) quickly showed that Bergholt were going to get nowhere near their target and when Phil Halliday (3 - 25) and Morgan Waldock (2 - 10) pitched in with late wickets the game was over after just 32 overs.
Next Friday 17th the Ladies start their league campaign away at Eight Ash Green (6pm start) and let's hope that the weather is kinder to the senior teams over the weekend.

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5 May 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat May 4 1st XI Vauxhall Mallards EAPL Home Aban VM 32-0  :  Rain
  2nd XI Braintree Two Cty 2 Away Lost BRA 275 - 7  :  SUD 128 - 10
  3rd XI Saxmundham Two Cty 8 Home Canc At Gestingthorpe CC
Sun May 5 Sun XI Great Totham NECL 3 Away Won SUD 197 - 10  :  GT 187 - 10
Mon May 6 000000 No Fixtures 00000000 00000 00000 Clubhouse Closed
Only one real winner on Saturday - the weather.  The 3rd XI game was called off mid-morning whilst the 1st XI match at Friars Street eventually started at 3:55pm only to be called off 40 minutes later when the players left the field for the second time with Mallards having batted for only 7.5 of their revised 20 over innings.  The 7 points gained from the Abandoned match means that Sudbury are now joint second in the league with Copdock whose match was also abandoned.  Frinton, who are the 1st XI's next opponents at Friars Street on May 18th,  top the table with maximum points from their first 3 matches. 
At least the early finish gave the players plenty of time to shower and freshen up for the VIP Evening which once again proved a thoroughly enjoyable evening with around 70 guests attending.  Many thanks to the Fund Raising Committee for organising this event, particularly Ted Clarkson and Toby Butcher, and of course to caterers Jamie Lee Smith for providing an excellent buffet.
The 2nd XI did complete their match at Braintree but were well beaten by 147 runs.  Nearly all of the Braintree batsmen made significant contributions to their total of 275 despite three intervals for rain, whilst Ben Hyett helped himself to 6 - 73 which means that Ben has taken 11 wickets in the first 3 league matches, so he is well on his way to beating last year's "best-in-the-league" total of 56 wickets.  In Sudbury's reply only Cameron Stace (38) and Steve Witham (39) made significant scores as the Talbots were all out for 105 in 30.3 overs
On Sunday the Sunday XI played their first match in the N Essex Cricket League away at Great Totham and came away with an 11 run victory.  Electing to bat, the Talbots made 197 in their 40 overs with Andy Holness (69) continuing his fine early season form, helped by a quickfire 23 from Alex Ray.  With the ball Brad Richardson took 3 wickets and Ryan Vickery 2 as the side worked their way to victory.
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1 May 2019
April 100 Club Winners
£75 Darren Batch,  £50 Dave Stenson,  £25 Peter McGowan

​​​​28 April 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Apr 27 1st XI Gt Witchingham EAPL Away Won SUD 155 - 8  :  GW 140 - 10
  2nd XI Kelvedon Two Cty 2 Home Won SUD 231 - 9  : KEL 228 - 9
  3rd XI Halstead Friendly Away Canc  
Sun Apr 28 Sun XI Chappel & W C Friendly Home Won SUD 304 - 4  : CWC 110 - 10

England is famous for its crazy weather and that was certainly the case on Saturday.  After last weekend's heatwave it was storm Hannah that took centre stage on Saturday and it is a credit to all the players and officials involved that the club completed its two league fixtures - unfortunately the 3rd XI Friendly away at Halstead was cancelled.
The 1st XI's match eventually got under way at 2:30 pm with a reduced 31 overs match and it was soon evident that batting wasn't going to be easy, but neither was bowling, fielding nor umpiring in the gale force winds and intermittent rain.  The side recovered from 31 - 3 off 10 overs to a challenging score of 155 - 8 mainly due to a fine first EAPL half century for his new club from Ryan Vickery (54) and 46* from Ben Reece whose partnership of 69 for the sixth wicket changed the format of the innings.  A quick lunch was taken and the Talbots struck in the second over as Henry Shipley took the wicket of fellow countryman and Canterbury colleague Jack Boyle (coincidentally Boyle had taken Shipley's wicket in Sudbury's innings) but the wicket really belonged to Kenny Moulton-Day who took the first of 4 catches - three of them, including Boyle's were absolutely fantastic efforts in the testing conditions.  Witchingham's captain Sam Arthurton was next to go as young Alex Quin matched Kenny's effort with another stunning piece of fielding to give James Poulson the first of his wickets (3 - 23).  Darren Batch helped himself to figures of 2 - 18 before Patrick Sadler (2 - 25) claimed his first wicket for the club which was justly followed by wild celebrations.  The side appeared to be moving to a comfortable victory until Charlie Rogers started to put bat to ball but with 24 needed off the last over he finally holed out to another stunning catch from Kenny Moulton-Day - further proof that "catches win matches".  A quick huddle and hand shakes all round before a dash to the sanctuary of the changing rooms.  So two out of two is a perfect start for the reigning champions as they share top spot with Copdock and Frinton, and head back to Friars Street next week where they entertain Vauxhall Mallards.
The 2nd also had to battle against the conditions including 'teetering sighscreens'  as they survived an onslaught from Kelvedon's no 8 who plundered 103* off 71 balls only to fall 3 runs short of the 232 target set by the Talbots.  Put into bat, Sudbury constructed a useful 231 with major contributions from opener PeteSiegert (72), captain Dale Brett (41) and Steve Witham (30).  On a rare 2nd XI appearance, Charlie Thomas strived manfully for 12 overs but it was the spin kings Ben Hyett (4 - 58) and Andy Simmons (5 - 53) who got amongst the visitors' batsmen with only Nunn with his century looking capable of grasping victory.  With 19 needed off the last of the 45 overs, Jonny Amos managed to hold his nerve, although bowling a wide with the final ball of the innings was not the best of plans.  Fortunately the 'extra' ball only went for 2 so a win for Sudbury by 3 runs was a perfect reply to last week's under par performance at Copford.
The Sunday Friendly side completed the hat-trick of weekend victories with a comprehensive win over Chappel & Wakes Colne, who the 3rd XI will meet in a few weeks time in Two Cty Div 8.  Batting first Sudbury amassed a formidable 304 with Cameron Stace making his first century for the club before retiring on 103*, and Andy Holness also retiring on 61*.  In reply, Chappel never really threatened as opening bowlers Ben Duncan (2 - 18) and Lucy Amos (3 - 27) helped themselves to the early wickets before Alex Ray finished the innings off with 3 - 14.  Next week the side makes their debut in the North Essex Cricket League - Div 3 and it will be interesting to see the quality of the opposition and how the youngsters perform in a league rather than a friendly match environment.
Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

​​​​21 April 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Apr 20 1st XI Cambridge EAPL Home Won CAM 172 - 7  :  SUD 176 - 0
  2nd XI Copford Two Cty 2 Away Lost SUD 75 - 10  :  COP 78 - 2
Sun Apr 21 Sun XI Chippenham Friendly Away Won CHI 207 - 9  :  SUD 209 - 2

A fine start to the season for the 1st XI who began the defence of their EAPL title with an emphatic 10 wicket victory over Cambridge at Friars Street.  After the side had restricted their opponents to an under par score of 172 on a firm April pitch (James Poulson 3- 23), the opening partnership of Tom Huggins (104*) and Adam Mansfield (65*) saw the side home with very few problems.  Harder tests will come in the next few wickets, but an excellent start.
The same didn't apply for the 2nd XI who for the second week running were well beaten as a total of 75 was never enough to trouble the Long Melford batsmen.  Two Counties Division 2 is a tough league and the side will meet 1st XIs most weeks so some solid netting is in order to ensure good totals are posted in the weeks ahead.
An away trip on Sunday saw captain Keelan Waldock lead from the front as his side chased down a decent total set by Chippenham.  Keelan finished on 129* - his first senior ton - and by all accounts batted superbly and with fine discipline.  Ben Duncan with 4 - 14 was the pick of Sudbury's bowlers.
At Friars Street on Sunday, Suffolk Minor Counties led by Adam Mansfield and also including Darren Batch, James Poulson and Ben Reece comfortably won two T20 Friendly matches against Cambridge MCCU.
Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

​​​​14 April 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Apr 13 1st XI Woolpit Friendly Home Won SUD 375 - 4  :  WOO 83 -10
  2nd XI Long Melford Friendly Away Lost SUD 125 - 10  :  LM 129 - 2
Sun Apr 14 Sun XI Twinstead Friendly Home Lost TWI 258 - 6  :  SUD 224 - 6

The 1st XI cruised to a comfortable victory in their home match against Woolpit from Two Counties Div 1 on Saturday winning by 292 runs.  Batting first, skipper Adam Mansfield led the way with 117 and was supported by Darren Batch (23) and Martyn Cull (67) as the team piled on the runs against a very friendly bowling attack.  Once Mansfield was out, New Zealand debutant Henry Shipley took centre stage plundering 106* in just 47 balls as he was supported by Ryan Vickery (25).  The innings was reduced to 45 overs following a break for rain and hail, but with a score of 375 the Talbots had plenty of runs to defend.  The difference in the quality of the two sides was immediately evident as after 10 overs Woolpit were just 15 - 1, and debutant Patrick Sadler finished his opening spell of 4 overs having conceded just one wide. All the other bowlers helped themselves to a few wickets - Jonny Gallagher (2 - 11), Henry Shipley (2 - 11), James Poulson (3 - 23) and Ben Reece finished the innings off with 3 - 7 as Woolpit were dismissed for 83 off 31.2 overs.  So two victories in the opening friendly matches, but much tougher opposition awaits next weekend as the EAPL season starts with a home match against Cambridge (11:00 start).
1st XI Captain Adam Mansfield welcomes new players Patrick Sadler, Ryan Vickery and Henry Shipley who all made their Friars Street debuts for the side on Saturday in the victory over Woolpit.
The 2nd XI had a short trip to Long Melford for their opening friendly match but were well beaten, losing by 8 wickets.  A total of 125 - 10 was not enough to defend with Alex Quin (25) and skipper Dale Brett (27) the only batsmen to really trouble the scorers.  In reply Ben Hyett continued his fantastic form of last season with 2 - 10 from his 10 overs, but no other wickets were taken as Melford eased to a comfortable victory.  Next week the 2nd XI start their Two Counties Division 2 campaign away at Copford (12:30 start).
On Sunday it was the turn of the Sunday XI to start their season with a very enjoyable friendly at home to Twinstead.  Keelan Waldock's side finished 35 runs short after their 40 overs but some fine efforts from Alex Quin (3 - 18 and 50*), Jonny Amos (53*) and Dale Brett (50*) ensured that the spectators were offered some form of comfort and respite against the cold weather.  A special mention for 11 years old Ben Thomas who was making his debut in senior cricket.  Stepping up to this level is never easy but Ben bowled 4 overs at the end of Twinstead's innings for 30 runs, and finished with 11* - well done Ben and let's hope that it is the start of a very successful career with the Talbots.
Although nothing to to with cricket, it is worth mentioning the actions of Keelan Waldock and his team in responding to an incident in Quay Lane where a woman fell over her dog and sustained a very nasty cut to her head.  Our boys were fantastic when they saw there was a problem and went to her aid whilst Keelan got the first aid kit and helped Al Younger comfort the lady before taking her into the clubhouse and calling for an ambulance.  Well done to all - a real credit to the club.

​​​​9 April 2019
  HENRY SHIPLEY arrived safely in the UK on   
  Monday and was soon getting stuck into the 
  Senior Net Session on Tuesday night and of
  course the bar afterwards.
  On Monday 15th (Junior Nets) and Tuesday
  16th (Senior Nets), bat makers Garrard &
  Flack will be in the clubhouse displaying their
  products - 15% discount to Sudbury CC

​​​​07 April 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Apr 6 1st XI Saffron Walden Friendly Away Won  SW 235 - 10  :  SUD 236 - 6 
On a bitterly cold day, the 1st XI got their season up and running with a 4 wicket win in their pre-season match at Saffron Walden who last year gained promotion back to the EAPL after a 5 year absence - hopefully the weather will be kinder when we return there in June for the League fixture.  Skipper Adam Mansfield won the toss and invited Saffron Walden to bat and they reached 51 after 12 overs at a steady pace before the introduction of spinners Ben Hyett (3 - 20) and Ben Reece (2 - 47) started getting amongst the wickets. Debutee Cameron Stace held the first catch at deep mid-wicket off Hyett and soon Walden were 83 - 5 off 30 overs.  The innings then took a dramatic change of direction as Walden's skipper Harris arrived at the wicket and left just 42 balls later having scored 101 - some very aggressive hitting which included 12 sixes.  Once Harris was removed the innings returned to normality and the final wicket fell with just eight balls of the innings left.  Jonny Gallagher returned fine figures of 3 - 35 off his 10 overs. Whilst the cold weather certainly didn't help, the team will want to improve their performance in the field to reach the high standards set over the last two seasons, as 5 missed chances won't be acceptable in the EAPL.  Sudbury's reply never really got much stability until Ben Reece (39) joined Ben Parker at the fall of the fifth wicket at 105.  Parker's fine knock of 90 not out was in direct contract to that of Walden's Harris, as Ben found the gaps and moved the field around with ease.  Earlier Kellan Waldock (29) had batted confidently as wickets fell around him, and it was fitting that Parker finished the game with a straight six.  Many thanks to Saffron Walden for hosting the match and their excellent hospitality.  So the cobwebs have been dusted off, the scorer has used the new Play Cricket Scorer system and we move on to another friendly next Saturday at home to Woolpit (11:00 am start) whilst the 2nd XI travel to Long Melford (12:30 start) for their first pre-season friendly.  

02 April 2019
March 100 Club Winners
£75 Mathew Wooderson,  £50 Michael Mills,  £25 David Porteus-Butler

23 March 2019
Many congratulations to Sudbury Hockey Club and their Men's 1st XI who were crowned Champions of East League Division 1 this afternoon and also to the Ladies 2nd XI who gained promotion from East Women's Hockey League Division 4NW(S).  The men's victory will see them compete next season at the highest level they have ever achieved.

20 March 2019
Dustin Melton
Who will ever forget Dustin's
spells of 6 - 9 at Swardeston in 2016 and 5 - 51 at Copdock last season, plus his match winning 69* at Burwell in 2017 - certainly nobody who was there watching.
A major member of the back-to-back EAPL winning sides and a pleasure to have around for 3 years.  Good Luck Dustin.
It is with a mixture of great pleasure and pride, but tinged with sadness that we say "goodbye" to DUSTIN MELTON who will be leaving the club at the end of March to pursue his dream of becoming a professional county cricketer with Derbyshire CCC who have offered him the opportunity to be around the county for training and playing for their 2nd XI during the 2019 season.  Hopefully that will lead to a county debut.  Since joining the club in 2016, Dustin has shown tremendous enthusiasm in everything he has done - coaching, training, bowling, batting, fielding and of course socialising.  A true Talbot in the best tradition, who will always be made welcome when he comes to back to visit the club.

Also moving on is BILLY MOULTON-DAY who joins Witham in their quest to win the Two Counties and progress to the EAPL.
Billy made his debut for the club in 2007 and the last of his 271 wickets was in the EAPL championship winning victory against Norwich last September when he finished with 3 - 21.  Bill hopes to play for the Talbots in this year's Suffolk T20 Cup and we wish him an injury free and sucessful season.
On the plus side, the club can confirm the registration of their overseas for 2019, HENRY SHIPLEY (see Jan 17 article) by the EAPL.  Henry arrives on April 8th and we wish him a very successful and enjoyable season with the Talbots

17 March 2019
New Club Jumpers for Season 2019

Refer to CLUB CLOTHING page

12 March 2019
One Hundred and Twenty Five guests attended an excellent Annual Dinner on Friday March 8th at the Masonic Hall and our thanks to Chairman LOUIS BROOKS who organised the event in his normal enthusiastic and organised manner and to Guest Speeker GEOFF MILLER who entertained the audience with one of the best speaches heard in recent years.  The 2018 Awards were presented as follows :
Sunday Player - Dan Soborg Sat 3rd XI - Lucy Amos Sat 2nd XI - Ben Hyett
Sat 1st XI & Overall - Tom Huggins Old Git - Will Amos Most Improved - K Molton-Day
Clubman - Andrew Clark Chairman's - K Moulton-Day 1st XI EAPL Champions
W Shropshire, J Harvey,
B Hyett, B Reece, A Mansfield,
J Gallagher, A Quin, T Huggins.
K Moulton-Day, D Batch,
J Poulson, D Poole, D Melton

12 March 2019
February 100 Club Winners
£75 Phil Halliday,  £50 Ian Clements,  £25 Jim Carnegie
£200 Annual Dinner Draw  -  Shuna Clarkson

14 February 2019
Sudbury Cricket Club is pleased to confirm the registrations of three new players for the 2019 season and the club wishes them a successful and enjoyable season both on and off the field at the home of the current EAPL Champions.

Fast bowler PATRICK SADLER (pictured left) is a former Scotland Under-19 captain who joins from Tunbridge Wells having recently moved to live in Sible Hedingham, whilst top order batsman RYAN VICKERY (right) who lives in Braintree joins from Elmstead having previously played T20 cricket for the Talbots, including being part of the side to lift the Suffolk Cup in 2017.  The third addition is CAMERON STACE who arrives back at Friars Street from Hadleigh, having been a former Junior Talbot before moving on to Long Melford several years ago.


10 February 2019


All League and Cup Fixtures (apart from 4th XI and U/19 Talbot T20) have now been released - refer to relevant section.  The Fixtures will be added to Play Cricket in due course.

1 February 2019
January 100 Club Winners
£75 Geoff Challacombe,  £50 Mandy Poulson,  £25 Roger Troughton

17 January 2019
Sudbury Cricket Club is pleased to announce the signing of Henry Shipley from Canterbury Kings for the 2019 season. Henry is a fast bowling all rounder with an exciting future in the game and we are looking forward to seeing him in action.  Many thanks to @GosfieldSchool for all their support, and also to last year's overseas Tim Johnston for assisting the club in securing Henry's appointment.

1 January 2019
December 100 Club Winners
£75 Guy Robins,  £50 Al Younger,  £25 Ian Brown

Xmas Bag Packing at Waitrose
The Junior Section raised around £400.00 at their Waitrose Bag Packing morning on Saturday 22nd December - many thanks to all those who helped and particularly to organisers Ted Clarkson and Phil Halliday, and of course to the generous Waitrose customers and helpful Waitrose staff.


The Hockey Club won the Xmas Hockey Challenge Match against the Cricket Club on Sunday 4 - 2.  Many thanks to the Hockey Club for organising this event and for laying on an excellent lunch back at the Clubhouse after the game.  Thanks also to Louis Brooks for organising a very enjoyable Xmas Party on Saturday night at David's Deli.

Suffolk Cup and Sunday League Fixtures

Sudbury have been drawn in Group B of the Suffolk Cup with Felixstowe, Copdock and Kesgrave (Home and Away).
Group A comprises Bury St Edmunds, Woolpit, Walsham-le-Willows and Haverhill
The Sunday XI fixtures in the North Essex League Division 3 have also been announced.

The full fixtures are on the FIXTURES tab

November 100 Club Winners
£75 Louis Brooks,  £50 Valda & Stef Marks,  £25 Ros Simmons

(figures taken from the club's Play Cricket website covering all senior matches)
------ Batting ------    ------ Bowling ------    - Fielding Catches -    --- Keeper Catches ---
T Huggins   1141   B Hyett           56   D Batch              16     A Mansfield         20  
W Amos       984   T Huggins      45   K Moulton-Day   11     P Halliday              9  
D Batch        791   C Thomas      37   M Waldock          11     D Brett                   8 
K Waldock    687   M Waldock     36   B Parker, J Amos,
T Huggins, W Amos   10
  K Moulton-Day     4
J Amos         666   B Duncan       33       N Wilson, J O'Brien 3 


Two Counties Fixtures

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
Also, Sat 1st XI Pre-Season Friendly Away at Saffron Waldon arranged for April 6th

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

Adam Mansfield is confirmed as 1st XI Captain for 2019.
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.

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.



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.


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