Sudbury stay joint top of East Anglian Premier League after a crushing victory

Sudbury bowler James Poulson, who took two for 26 in the Suffolk's side big win over Grreat Witching

Sudbury bowler James Poulson, who took two for 26 in the Suffolk's side big win over Grreat Witchingham on Saturday. Picture: GREGG BROWN - Credit: Gregg Brown

Sudbury made it five wins out of five to continue their superb start to the season, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, thanks to a crushing 10-wicket win over Great Witchingham.

Previously unbeaten Great Witchingham had begun the day joint top, with Sudbury and Swardeston, but they were outgunned by their Suffolk hosts at Friars Street.

The Norfolk visitors were skittled out for just 121, in 47.2 overs, and Sudbury’s opening pair of Tom Huggins (73 not out) and Adam Mansfield (42 not out) knocked off the runs in super-kick time, inside 23 overs.

Huggins’ first task of the day, as first-team captain, had been to win the toss, which he did, enabling him to invite Great Witchingham to bat first on a damp wicket. And the home side’s bowling attack obliged with some terrific tight bowling, led by three for 32 from Dan Poole, and spinner Huggins himself with miserly figures of 10-4-18-3.

There were also two wickets apiece for the new-look new ball attack of James Poulson (8.2-1-26-2) and Jonathan Gallagher (10-1-18-2), while only experienced opener James Spelman (21) managed to get beyond 20 for the visitors.

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Sudbury club captain, Darren Batch, explained: “It was obviously a very good toss to win, because there had been a lot of rain during the week.

“It was always going to be a tough surface to bat on, during those first two hours, although I don’t want to take anything away from our bowlers, because they all bowled really well.

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“They were very disciplined, and kept it tight, even though we had our two opening bowlers both missing,” added Batch.

Billy Moulton-Day was out with a groin strain, while fellow pace-man Dustin Melton did play, but could not bowl due to a side injury.

Batch continued: “We managed to keep a lid on them scoring, and then when they needed to up the run-rate, they played some rash shots. However, I think we deserved that for the way we bowled, keeping the pressure on the batsmen.

“Clouds began to loom later in the day, so we managed to knock the runs off quickly, just before we had a big cloud-burst. We won in the nick of time, although we would have won via the Duckworth-Lewis method regardless,” added Batch.

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