Fernando’s devastating spell sees Sudbury crush Bury St Edmunds

A DEVASTATING spell of swing bowling by Hasantha Fernando saw Sudbury record a crushing 183-run victory over Suffolk rivals Bury St Edmunds in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

The Sri Lankan all-rounder, who had already top-scored with 52 in Sudbury’s total of 248 on Saturday, routed the home team’s batting with figures of 11.5-4-14-6 as they collapsed from 41 for one to just 65 all out.

Sudbury skipper Darren Batch was understandably delighted by his side’s success.

He said: “We have been on the end of a few cup final defeats to Bury and a heavy league defeat last season, so to turn the tables and give them a good hiding is a good feeling.

“Nobody at the club can remember a more convincing win against them as Bury have always been the premier club in Suffolk.”

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Sudbury made an inauspicious start, losing the toss and then a wicket to the first ball of the innings, before James Poulson and Batch shared a second-wicket stand of 50. Nathan Poole and Fernando added 58 for the fourth wicket and Pete Siegert, who ended 33 not out from 66 balls, and Ben Hyett put on 43 for the eighth.

Batch said: “The conditions were quite favourable for bowling and the ball swung around a lot early on.

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“Losing a wicket first ball was not ideal, but myself and James Poulson got through a tricky spell of batting.

“Fernando then batted aggressively and played his shots, and Pete Siegert batted really well and built some good partnerships.

“They gave us a helping hand with 62 in extras (which included 32 wides) as they had trouble in controlling the direction of the swinging ball.

“We thought a total of nearly 250 was defendable as they would need to score at around four-and-a-half to five an over, which puts pressure on the batting team.

“We were confident of not losing and then putting pressure on them and taking wickets to try to win the game.

“They were going along nicely until Ben Reece came on just before tea and got out Tom Huggins, who is a big wicket, and that gave us a lot of confidence.

“I brought Jonny Gallagher back on as I felt the ball would still swing and he got rid of both Chris Lomas and Simon Rees, and after that it was the Fernando show.

“He struggled early on, but then he found the right line and was swinging it in at the stumps. He clean bowled three batsmen and bounced two out which were gloved behind to Adam Mansfield.

“He bowled exceptionally well. He is a quality player and when he gets the right conditions and starts swinging it, he is a pretty deadly bowler.”

Bury’s cause was not helped by the loss of wicket-keeper Ben Bellward with a broken finger mid-way through Sudbury’s innings, and he did not bat as Bury were bowled out in 33.5 overs.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian’s incredible run of 19 straight victories came to an end on Saturday, but they returned from reigning EAPL champions Cambridge Granta with a creditable draw.

Martyn Cull (86) and Jed Cawkwell (54) laid the foundations for Copdock’s 245 for nine off 66 overs with a third-wicket alliance of 97.

Cull then added 48 with Christi Viljoen for the fourth wicket and a further 49 with Chris Swallow for the fifth.

Granta, who lost their first three wickets all to catches by John East, never threatened the visitors’ total, closing on 165 for four off 53 overs as the match petered out into a draw.

Clacton held on for a draw at Great Witchingham, ending 40 runs shy of the home team’s 212 for seven with two wickets still standing thanks to 54 from Stefanus Gericke and Danny Rock’s 46, which contained five fours and three sixes.

After being dismissed for only 50, Halstead suffered a six-wicket reverse at Vauxhall Mallards, who now top the table.

Horsford not only successfully defended a meagre-looking 93, after at one stage slipping to 59 for eight, the Norfolk side defeated Saffron Walden by 50 runs!

Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League scoreboard

*Burwell 156 (K Toner, W Lawton 31, M Thomas 7 for 46). Swardeston 159 for 5 (P Lambert 49, I Tufts 47no, S Gray 25). Swardeston (30pts) bt Burwell (4pts) by 5 wkts.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian 245 for 9 (M Cuill 86, J Cawkwell 54, C Viljoen 27, C Swallow 27, R Singh 4 for 47). *Cambridge Granta 165 for 4 (J Atkinson 52, C Park 49no, R Darkins 33, D Rice 20). Cambridge Granta (8pts) drew with Copdock & OI (11pts).

*Great Witchingham 212 for 7 (C Rogers 86, J Spelman 31, S Arthurton 20, I Sheikh 3 for 45). Clacton 182 for 8 (S Gericke 54, D Rock 46, I Sheikh 34no). Great Witchingham (13pts) drew with Clacton (8pts).

Halstead 50 (M Addison 4 for 27, P Bradshaw 23 for 6). *Vauxhall Mallards 51 for 4 (D Turner 23no). Vauxhall Mallards (25pts) bt Halstead (2pts) by 6 wkts.

*Horsford 93 (C Brown 20, T Smith 4 for 33, G Batticciotto 3 for 19). Saffron Walden 43 (G Batticciotto 35no, L Caswell 8 for 16). Horsford (30pts) bt Saffron Walden (5pts) by 50 runs.

Sudbury 248 (H Fernando 52, P Siegert 33no, D Batch 22, S Rees 4 for 56). *Bury St Edmunds 65 (C Lomas 20, K Fernando 6 for 14). Sudbury (30pts) bt Bury St Edmunds (5pts) by 183 runs.

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