Huggins inspires Sudbury to another victory
Tom Huggins took the lead with ball and bat as Sudbury stretched their lead at the top of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League to a massive 56 points.
Sudbury look bang on course to retain the title that they won for the first time in their history last season, following their latest success, a comfortable six-wicket over Burwell & Exning at Friars Street.
Captain Huggins did virtually everything right, from the moment that he won the toss and elected to field.
Burwell were restricted to 156 all out off 54.5 overs, opener Simon Donald and No. 5 Paul Summerskill top-scoring with 41 apiece.
The opening pair of Jonny Gallagher (18-5-46-2) and James Poulson (6-1-22-1) both bowled well early on, but it was Huggins who ripped through the heart of the visitors’ batting line-up.
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Huggins bowled Donald and Summerskill, on his way to fine figures of 16.5-4-32-6. In fact, five of his six wickets were bowled, the other one an lbw decision.
From a promising 114 for three, Burwell lost their last seven wickets for just 42 runs.
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Huggins then dominated an opening stand of 32 with Suffolk county skipper Adam Mansfield, before going on to add 83 for the second wicket with club captain, Daren Batch.
Huggins hit 10 fours in his knock of 58, as did Batch in his effort of 68. Sudbury did lose three wickets in quick succession, but still reached their target inside 35 overs.
“We always fancy our chances of chasing down any total on our own pitch, It’s a small ground with a fast outfield,” explained club captain Batch.
“Jonny (Gallagher) put in a great shift by bowling 18 overs in the heat, which he had to do because we were missing Dustin Melton with a shoulder injury, Tom (Huggins) then came on and bowled his usual self. The wicket was slow and tended to keep low, and he got several of his wickets with the batsmen going back and being bowled.
“We were always confident of getting the runs, and Tom and Adam (Mansfield) got us off to a quick start. Tom and I just batted normally. We kept the momentum going and although we lost a few wickets near the end, it was a fairly comfortable win.
“We are in a great position now,” added Batch.