Sudbury Cricket Club maintain 100% start

Mildenhall v Sudbury cricket action. Mildenhall batting. Tom Westley batting.

Mildenhall v Sudbury cricket action. Mildenhall batting. Tom Westley batting. - Credit: Archant

Sudbury maintained their 100% start to the season by winning the top-of-the-table clash at Mildenhall, in Saturday’s Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One showdown at Wamil Way.

Relegated from the East Anglian Premier League last season, Sudbury are already making a strong bid to return to the top-flight of regional cricket.

The wickets were spread around as Mildenhall were bowled out for 186 off the last ball of their 50-over allocation. They had been put into bat, not surprising when considered that the blustery conditions, beside the River Lark, favoured the bowlers.

Opener Tom Westley top-scored with 46, while useful contributions from captain Steve Lankester (44) and No. 9 James Holmes (29) at least gave the hosts a reasonable total to defend.

Westley had played some good shots before he got an inside edge and played on to Darren Batch, while Lankester again played with aggression to add 50 runs with Holmes for the eighth wicket.

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However, Sudbury made short work of their task, thanks to an unbeaten 81 from Batch and 59 from Mike Jones.

Mildenhall did make early inroads, Westley running out James O’Brien (2) and the Allens then combining to dismiss Nathan Poole (21), Jimmy taking the catch off Tom’s bowling.

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However, Batch and Jones took control after that, causing the home side to switch their attack around – Mildenhall used eight bowlers in an attempt to break up the pair, who put on 104 for the third wicket.

Sudbury eventually reached their target with six wickets and 3.4 overs in hand.

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