Tom Huggins leads from the front with an unbeaten century as Sudbury win again

Sudbury first team captain Tom Huggins, who scored 111 not out to help his side to a fourth victory

Sudbury first team captain Tom Huggins, who scored 111 not out to help his side to a fourth victory from four matches, at Cambridge Granta on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Sudbury continued their terrific start to the season by recording a fourth win from four starts, at the expense of previously undefeated Cambridge Granta in the East Anglian Premier League at Clare College on Saturday.

Inspired by an unbeaten century from captain Tom Huggins, Sudbury celebrated a six-wicket victory with 10 deliveries to spare.

Despite an unbeaten ton from wicketkeeper Michael Pepper, batting at No. 3, Cambridge Granta were restricted to 199 for nine off their 50 overs.

And Huggins, in harness with club captain Darren Batch, amassed a huge partnership of 141 for the second wicket to steer Sudbury on course for another win.

Ex-Suffolk county captain Huggins struck a six and 10 boundaries in his 111 not out, while Batch played the supporting role with 56 off 117 balls.

When Batch was eventually dismissed, the score had advanced to 153, and although two more quick wickets followed, James O’Brien (17no) accompanied Huggins in an unbroken stand of 40 to wrap up another 25 points.

“We bowled well, despite losing Dustin (Melton) during the week,” explained club captain Batch.

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“Dustin has a side injury, which might prevent him from bowling for a couple of weeks, but in the end all our bowlers chipped in.

“We kept it very tight from the start, putting their batsmen under pressure while also taking wickets at regular intervals.

“Billy (Moulton-Day) then came back into the attack during the middle overs and took a couple of wickets to knock them back further,” added Batch.

Moulton-Day took three for 11 off 6.1 overs, while fellow opening bowler James Poulson finished with figures of 10-3-47-2. Ben Reece also weighed in with a couple of late wickets, after both Batch and Huggins had proved very economical.

Pepper’s fine 125 not out at least gave Cambridge a fighting chance, having come in as early as the second over, but Huggins was always in charge during Sudbury’s triumphant reply.

Batch explained: “It was good to get a partnership going with Tom (Huggins). He batted really well and kept a calm head throughout, even when the run-rate was creeping up a little bit.

“He knew that we would win if he stayed at the crease, and so it proved. It was a well-paced reply.”

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