Sudbury claim first victory
SUDBURY injected new life into their Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League campaign with their first win of the season on Saturday.
The league new boys went to Burwell and came away with a maximum-points win that has pushed them up to ninth in the table.
It all looked comfortable at tea, Burwell having lost half their team with just 47 on the board in reply to a useful total of 239. But there were a few worries as Glen Goosen (103) and Daniel Jones (46) added 99 for the sixth wicket before the breakthrough came and the final four wickets soon followed to secure victory by 27 runs.
Skipper Darren Batch had elected to bat and Sudbury made steady progress. Pete Siegert (23) and Al Younger (12) faced up to ex-Zimbabwe international Kyle Jarvis and Batch (25) was trapped leg before to another ex-Zimbabwe Test player, Adam Huckle.
Sudbury are still awaiting the arrival of Sri Lankan Hasantha Fernando so found themselves with two teenagers at the crease, debutant James Poulson being joined by Nathan Poole. Both fell to Jarvis, Poole scoring 24, and other small contributions from Mathew Wooderson (19), Adam Mansfield (21) and Ben Reece (12) made sure the Talbots used up their allotted overs.
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Then Essex signing Craig Smith provided a late assault to score 48 and with 20 from Jonny Gallagher the final total was a respectable 239.
Gallagher and Smith then snapped up four quick wickets between them and Poole added a fifth.
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Then came the Goosen-Jones partnership, broken by veteran Andy Simmons taking a superb catch off his own bowling and Wooderson taking two wickets in the next over.
As Goosen hit out with three sixes there were still a few nervous moments before Smith returned to take the final wicket.
Bury were just short of victory as bottom team Norwich ended 11 runs short of the home total of 244 for eight with one wicket left.
It had been a seesawing contest. Tom Huggins top-scored with 75 while Toby Adams (40), Justin Bishop (36) and Simon Rees (33) also helped out.
Norwich were going well at 166 for three and 225 for six, but Mark Nunn and Chris Wright both claimed three wickets to leave honours even.
Clacton were bowled out for 163 to lose by 90 runs at home to Cambridge Granta, despite Michael Comber’s 65 and Halstead’s bad run continued as they lost by eight wickets at home to Vauxhall Mallards.
Amit Gupta scored 50 but the only support came from Matt Spatcher (32), Charlie Douglas Hughes (30) and Freddie Blackwell (20). The visitors reached their target in just 45 overs.
Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League
Sudbury 239 (65.4 overs: C Smith 48, D Batch 25, N Poole 24, P Siegert 23, J Gallagher 20, K Jarvis 3 for 32, A Huckle 3 for 47). Burwell 212 (50.1 overs: G.Goosen 103, D Jones 46, C Smith 3 for 47). Sudbury (30pts) bt Burwell (8) by 27 runs.
*Bury St Edmunds 244 for 8 (65 overs: T Huggins 75, T Adams 40, J Bishop 36, S Rees 33, B Flanagan 4 for 60). Norwich 233 for 9 (53 overs: C Borrett 74, B Wright 61, C Sutton 21, M Nunn 3 for 40, C Wright 3 for 48). Bury (14 – 1pt deducted for slow over rate) drew with Norwich (11).
Cambridge Granta 253 for 9 (66 overs: S Park 77, C Park 46, J Handley 33, D Rice 26). *Clacton 163 (42.3 overs: M Comber 65, G Davson 32, I Sheikh 29, C Park 4 for 50, I Shah 4 for 28). Cambridge Granta (30) bt Clacton (5) by 90 runs.
Horsford 246 for 7 (60 overs: M Warnes 103, C Spencely 51). *Great Witchingham 156 for 4 (43 overs: J Spelman 71). Gt Witchingham (7) drew with Horsford (13).
*Halstead 171 (58.4 overs: A Gupta 50, M Spatcher 32, C Douglas-Hughes 30, F Blackwell 20, P Bradshaw 4 for 39). Vauxhall Mallards 175 for 2 (45.1 overs: C Amos 87no, G Snyman 41no, D Turner 26). Vauxhall Mallards (25) bt Halstead (3) by 8 wkts.
*Swardeston 311 for 7 (58 overs: J Hatwell 118, P Lambert 99, A Laws 5 for 68). Saffron Walden 115 (40.5 overs: J Hatwell 4 for 47, G Walker 4 for 28). Swardeston (30) bt Saffron Walden (3) by 126 runs.
* Denotes home team.