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Kings of Anglia Issue 8 Magazine Offer

Sudbury retain title, and Bury escape bottom spot

PUBLISHED: 16:59 16 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 16 September 2018

Tom Huggins, who captained Sudbury to a successful defence of their EAPL title. He scored 76 against Norwich on Saturday, while fellow opener Adam Mansfield hit 108. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

Tom Huggins, who captained Sudbury to a successful defence of their EAPL title. He scored 76 against Norwich on Saturday, while fellow opener Adam Mansfield hit 108. Picture: RICHARD MARSHAM

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Sudbury successfully retained their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League title, by the narrowest of margins, following a final-day victory over lowly Norwich by 123 runs on Saturday.

Having won the EAPL championship for the first time in their history last year, Sudbury managed to pip former winners Swardeston (champions from 2012 to 2016) by just one point, after all 22 matches.

Swardeston beat Horsford by 45 runs at The Common, but Sudbury’s victory at home to Norwich ensured that the Norfolk club could not catch them.

Furthermore, Sudbury did Suffolk neighbours Bury St Edmunds a terrific favour, because their defeat of Norwich enabled Bury to scramble off bottom spot at the death.

Boasted by a terrific unbeaten century from Murray Commins, Bury thrashed Frinton by 10 wickets at Ashlyns Road to finish nine points clear of Norwich, and so avoid the necessity of entering the play-off phase.

Ipswich Town are back in action at Portman Road this afternoon when they host Bolton Wanderers (3pm).

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says there will be times he had to abandon his ideals, but that he is very clear about how he wants his team to play in the long run.

Grant Ward believes he is a good fit for Paul Hurst’s style of play at Ipswich Town but knows he needs a runs of game if he is to perform at a consistently high level.

Mike Bacon looks back on a week of such sadness with the loss of Ipswich Town’s greatest-ever player, Kevin Beattie

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren fill in the blank on some big Ipswich Town topics.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst has thanked supporters for sticking with him and the team following a nine-game winless start to the season.

Mark Heath, Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back to discuss the latest goings on at Ipswich Town.

Paul Hurst has been impressed with the form of goalkeeper Dean Gerken since the 33-year-old was brought into the side in place of Bartosz Bialkowski.

In this week’s Ipswich Town nostalgia, we look back to March 16, 2013, when skipper Carlos Edwards netted a late minute winner to see the Blues to a crucial 1-0 victory over Bolton at Portman Road.

In our new daily feature, we take a look back at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town history.

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