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BANK HOLIDAY - KWIK CRICKET TOURNAMENT - CANCELLED
Due to the lack of participating teams the Kwik Cricket Tournament that was scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday 28th has unfortunately been cancelled.  The Club will make efforts to arrange a similar event later in the year, although no dates or format have yet been determined.


WEEK 5 MATCHES

Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri May 18 Ladies EIGHT ASH GREEN Away League Won SUD 44 - 0  EAG 42 - 8*
Sat May 19 1st XI HORSFORD Home EAPL Lost SUD 138 - 10  HOR 307 - 4*
Report
  2nd XI LAKENHEATH Away Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 160 - 9*  LAK 164 - 1
  3rd XI COGGESHALL III Home Two Cty 8 Won SUD 296 - 4*  COG 166 - 10
Sun May 20 Sen T20 HAVERHILL Home Suffolk Cup Lost SUD 153 - 9*  HAV 154 - 3 
All good things must come to and end and by losing their first All Day match of the season against Horsford on Saturday, the 1st XI's amazing 26 week long run of sitting top of the EAPL is over - they now occupy third place behind Mildenhall and Swardeston. For once the Talbots didn't achieve an early breakthrough and the Horsford batsmen enjoyed themselves in the sunshine in front of a good crowd.  An excellent catch from Kenny Moulton-Day was the highlight as far as Sudbury were concerned, but their fielding standards have dropped in the last couple of weeks and hopefully that will be corrected next week.  The team didn't fare any better with the bat and apart from Tom Huggins (43), only Will Shropshire and James Poulson (both 23) really troubled the scorers.  Horsford's ex Norfolk captain Chris Brown played his first game of the season and although he is now in his early forties his class shone through with figures of 4 - 21 off 13 overs, an excellent catch and a run-out.  A tough test awaits the side away at Great Witchingham next Saturday and a victory would end a five year run of defeats and draws at that particular venue.
The 2nd XI travelled to high flying Lakenheath and suffered another heavy defeat by 9 wickets.  The 160 - 9 posted by the side featured 56 from Matt Pears helped by Jonny Amos (27) and Dale Brett (22), but a powerful 106* from Lakenheath's openener D Palmer saw the hosts home in just 33.5 overs. The side look as if they are in a mini-league at the bottom of Two Cty Div 2 with Little Bardfield Village, Copdock & OI II and Ipswich & E S so the matches against those sides could prove crucial at the end of the season.
The 3rd XI take pride of place for gaining their first victory of the season at Lavenham against Coggeshall III.  A 200 run opening partnership between Will Amos (118*) and skipper Toby Butcher (82) set the perfect foundation for a total of 296 - 4 off the side's alloted 45 overs.  In reply the side took regular wickets (Lewis Miller 3 - 25, Phil Halliday 2 - 12, and Charlie Thomas 2 - 25) and secured victory by 130 runs, so at least there was one happy side back in the bar at Friars Street on Saturday night.
Lucy Amos' Ladies team are the best performing side in the club andf maintained their 100% record by beating Eight Ash Green away on Friday night by 10 wickets.  Two wickets each for Lucy, Bella Fairs and Alison Barlow left openers Liz Spencer and Alison Barlow a fairly simple task of chasing only 44 for victory which they did in just 11 overs.
On Sunday, Haverhill gained revenge for their Suffolk Cup Final defeat last season with a 3 wicket victory with 3.4 overs to spare.  It has been difficult for the Talbots to field a team of comparable T20 strength to last year as all the games this season have taken place on a Sunday when at least 4 of our players have been on Suffolk duty.  Only Kenny-Moulton Day and Dustin Melton from the regular 1st XI featured on Sunday, although it was great to see so many youngsters in action in front of a good crowd enjoying the sunshine.  Alfie Lawrence with a late innings 38 featured with the bat and he only Kenny Moulton-Day (25) really bothered the scorers.  The experienced Haverhill team quickly got to work in the run chase and won comfortably by 7 wickets with 3.4 overs to spare - Stuart Whitehart returning an impressive 2 - 17 off his 3 overs.

ALL STARS GETS UNDER WAY

A packed Friars Street ground on Moday night saw the start of the All Stars Programme.  Fortunately the sun shone throughout and the kids and parents enjoyed an early evening hour of fun and great energy.  The programme is run by coaches Darren Batch and Dave Hinchcliffe - please refer to the Juniors' page for more details about the club's All Stars Programme.
 

WEEK 4 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat May 12 1st XI FRINTON-ON-SEA Home EAPL Won  SUD 255 - 10*  FRI 223 - 7
Report
  2nd XI BRAINTREE Away Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 126 - 8  BRA 265 - 5*
  3rd XI IPSWICH & E S II Away Two Cty 8 Aban SUD 44 - 2  IPS 163 - 10*
Sun May 13 Sen T20 MILDENHALL Away Suffolk Cup Lost SUD 135 - 5  MIL 136 - 6
  Sunday TENDRING Home Friendly Cancelled  
Once again the rain had a decisive say in matters on Saturday.  The 1st XI actually played a match at Home for the first time this season and once the calculations for Duckworth-Lewis-Stern had been applied the team ended victorious by 9 runs and remain joint top of the EAPL with Mildenhall, which means that the team has been top of the EAPL for 26 consecutive weeks when combined with the 2017 season.  Sudbury's innings was reduced to 40 overs when the rain caused over a 2 hour delay (lunch taken) after 24 overs with the score 116 - 2.  Tom Huggins' fantastic run of centuries was ended when he was out early on but Adam Mansfield (33) attacked with assurance and he was followed by Darren Batch (78), Kenny Moulton-Day (37) and Tim Johnston (53).  In an attempt to push the score at the end of the innings Sudbury lost 7 wickets in 17 balls with only 3 scoring strokes coming off the bat.  The final 255 all out off 38.5 of the reduced 40 overs was converted by DLS into a target of 271 for Frinton from 40 overs and whilst Fowler, Westfield and Comber all produced good scores and attacked at every opportunity, Frinton were always behind the DLS par as wickets fell at regular intervals.  The umpires finally called a halt after 34 overs as the rain became heavier , the sky darkened and fielders started slipping on the wet outfield.  This left Frinton 9 runs short of the DLS score and another 25 points were secured by the Talbots.  DLS is not necessarily perfect but at least a game of cricket was completed.  Billy Moulton-Day with 3 - 38 returned the team's best bowling figures on the day but economic figures from Huggins, Melton and Johnston were of equal importance.
The 2nd XI's match away at Braintree was reduced to a 30 overs match and despite 4 wickets for Ben Hyett (4 - 75) the brutal hitting of Braintree's opening batsman Celiz saw Braintree reach 265 - 5.  Whilst the Talbots welcomed the return to the team of Matt Pears (36) the run chase was never really on and although the rain enforced another delay and an Abandoned match was anticipated, the weather suddenly broke and the match resumed allowing Sudbury to complete their 30 overs on 126 - 8.  The side now sit one place from the bottom of Division 2 after 3 defeats and 1 cancellation.
Not surprisingly the 3rd XI match was also rain affected, resulting in an Abandoned match after 16 overs of Sudbury's reply.  As per last week, the majority of the Ipswich wickets were taken by juniors (Morgan Waldock 3 - 28, James Quin 3 - 29, Lucy Amos and Bella Fairs one each) assisted by Dan Fisher (2 - 13) as Ipswich were limited to a score of 159 all out in 44 overs.  Sudbury's reply only lasted 16 overs before the heavens opened, but the 11 points gained leave the side in mid-table in Division 8.
On Sunday the Senior T20 side lost their second match in the Suffolk Cup Pool and the defence of their title from last season now looks a very difficult task. Unfortunately, the Sunday XI's match at home against Tendring has been Cancelled as our visitors are unable to raise a side.

Handbook Error - Two Counties Matches
The start times for Two Counties matches in Div 2 and Div 3 are wrong in the Handbook. 
From Sat May 5th they start at 13:00 pm until Sat August 18th when they revert back to 12:30 start.

WEEK 3 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Fri May 4 Ladies MISTLEY Home League Won SUD 95 - 3*  MIS 88 - 10
Sat May 5 1st XI BURWELL & EXNING Away EAPL Won SUD 354 - 8*  BUR 266 - 9
Report
  2nd XI COPFORD Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 152 - 9*  COP 158 - 9
  3rd XI COLCHESTER CAVALIERS Home Two Cty 8 Lost SUD 107 - 10  COL 153 - 10*
Sun May 6 Sunday WICKHAM ST PAUL Home Friendly Lost SUD 206 - 3*  WSP 210 - 6
Mon May 7 T20 BURY ST EDMUNDS Away Suffolk Cup Lost SUD 113 - 10  BSE 188 - 5*
The sun decided to make a very welcome appearance on Saturday and the runs flowed for the 1st XI away at Burwell and Exning, particularly from the bats of Tom Huggins (158 and his fourth EAPL century in a row) and Darren Batch (108) who shared a 281 run partnership for the second wicket.  A late flurry of wickets and a debut 27* from Tim Johnston set Burwell a very tough total to chase and when they were 41 - 5 after 15 overs the match was effectively over.  Jonny Gallagher with 3 - 16 in his opening spell did the main damage and an incredible run out from Tim Johnston saw him mobbed by his new colleagues.  The game trickled on in the heat and some heavy hitting from Summerskill and J Seabrook for our opponents saw them finish 88 runs short with one wicket left.  An incredible 31 minutes were added to Sudbury's innings looking for lost balls - no spares were to hand which is ridiculous for a ground that is probably sligthly smaller than Friars Street and surrounded by trees and hedges. 
A weakened 2nd XI put up a fine effort at home against Copford with Keelan Waldock scoring 95 in the side's 152 - 9 off their 45 overs, and spinners Ben Hyett (3 - 62) and Andy Simmons (4 - 47) nearly saw the side home.  A century by Copford's no. 3 who finished the match with a 6 being the difference although the team are convinced that he was plumb LBW in Andy Simmon's final over - even the batsman admitted he was 'out'. 
The 3rd XI started their season at a 'rabbit hole repaired outfield' Lavenham with a similarly weakend side, and only 10 players, but put in a fine effort against Colchester Cavaliers - all the 10 wickets being taken by juniors - Ben Duncan 3-36, Lucy Amos 2-18, Lewis Miller 2-34 and Bella Fairs 3-19.  The more senior players all contributed runs but eventually fell 46 runs short, and Andy Holness must be congratulated for captaining such a young side and making the game enjoyable for everyone. 
Friday was Ladies night, and a debut victory for new captain Lucy Amos.  A good crowd saw the team win by 7 runs against Mistley with Natasha Wilson 'retiring' on 25 and Lucy herself taking 4 - 14.  It has been fantastic to see so many of the Ladies training on a Thursday night under ther watchful eye of Dustin Melton - let's hope they continue to have a fine season.
The Sunday XI had their first taste of action for the season in their home friendly against Wickham St Paul and despite a fine 110* from WIll Amos, backed up by 40 from skipper Jonny Amos and Allan Macdiarmid's 3 - 19, our visitors won by 4 wickets. 
Monday saw the start of the defence of the Suffolk Cup by our Senior T20 side but with many regulars missing the team were well beaten by Bury St Edmunds at the Victory Ground by a margin of 75 runs.  Kenny Moulton-Day top scored with 30, and young Alex Quin with 2 - 19 were the team's main performers.

John Pilkington
It is with sadness that the club report the passing of Vice President John Pilkington  (father of Anna Brooks and father-in-law to chairman Louis Brooks).  John was a VP since 2006, a member of the 100 club, and regularly popped down to the club for a pint on match days as well as attending Cricket Week VP Lunch.  Our thoughts are with Anna and her family at this sad time.
John's Funeral is on Wednesday May 30th at St Gregory's, Sudbury at 1:00 pm followed by the Wake at the Cricket Club.

April 100 Club Winners
£75 John Pilkington,  £50 Darren Batch,  £25 Emma Quin

WEEK 2 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Apr 28 1st XI COPDOCK & O I Home EAPL Cancelled  
  2nd XI COPDOCK & O I II Away Two Cty 2 Cancelled  
  3rd XI HALSTEAD III Away Two Cty 8 Cancelled  
Sun Apr 29 Sun STANSFIELD Home Friendly Cancelled  
What can one say ?  We had all hoped that after the season eventually started last weekend we could settle down and play or watch some cricket - wrong !  The rain re-appeared with avengeance and despite all the efforts of groundsmen around the clubs, Saturday was a complete washout.  One bright spark was the VIP Night on Saturday night at the club - an excellent evening and many thanks to Ted Clarkson, Louis Brooks, Toby Butcher and the caterers (Jamie Lee Smith) for organising.  Despite the weather there was a very good turn out and it was great to see Tim Johnston and his Family enjoying themselves and being warmly welcomed by all.

WEEK 1 MATCHES
Date Team Opposition Venue Comp Result Scores
Sat Apr 21 1st XI BURY ST EDMUNDS Away EAPL Won SUD 302-5, BSE 64-10
Report
  2nd XI KELVEDON & FEERING Home Two Cty 2 Lost SUD 169-10, KEL 170-3
An excellent first match of the season for the 1st XI as they started their defence of the EAPL title with a convincing 238 run victory over local rivals Bury St Edmunds.  A 105 first wicket partnership between skipper Tom Huggins and Adam Mansfield set the stage for a high score with fine batting performances from Tom (105), Adam (35), Darren Batch (45), Kenny Moulton-Day (36) and Will Shropshire (24*).  Not to be outdone the bowlers soon set to work - particularly James Poulson who after 5 overs had taken 4 wickets, finishing 4 - 14.  All the bowlers had success with Tom Huggins returning a miserly 3 - 5 off his 5.4 overs.  The excellent fielding standard of last season was evident throughout from the Talbots, the total opposite to the sub-standard performance from our hosts. 
The 2nd XI unfortuanetly didn't fare so well.  Missing several key experienced players, and despite fine efforts from Pete Siegert (53), Dale Brett (36) and captain Stuart Whiehart (34) their total of 169 was comfortably chased down by visitors Kelvedon in 33 overs for the loss of just 3 wickets.  Hopefully availablity will improve next week.
On Sunday the Suffolk Minor Counties T20 side made their debut at Friars Street playing two T20 Friendly matches against Cambridge MCCU.  Captained by Sudbury's Adam Mansfield and also including Darren Batch, James Poulson and Billy Moulton-Day, Suffolk recorded victory in both matches watched by a decent crowd on a beautiful sunny day - Friars Street at its best.

SUDBURY RUGBY CLUB
Many congratulations to the Rugby Club's 1st XV on their promotion following their 37 - 7 play-off victory against Hampstead on Saturday.  Another fine achievement from one of Sudbury's leading Sports Clubs and quickly following the Cricket and Hockey Clubs' recent successes.

Listen to groundsman David Oakes and club captain Darren Batch being interviewed
by David Mann on the "Love Suffolk Cricket Podcast" 
Podcast 

EAPL and TWO COUNTIES
START OF SEASON DELAYED UNTIL SAT APRIL 21

EAPL Disciplinary Regulations for 2018
Both leagues have delayed the start of the season due to the wet weather and concerns of groundsmen that they will be unable to prepare satisfactory pitches in time for the scheduled season start of Saturday April 14th.  The season has, therefore, been extended, and the 1st XI will now play Norwich at home on Saturday September 15th, and the 2nd game away at Haverhill is also to be re-arranged - possibly also on September 15th or a date to be agreed by the two clubs. 
REMINDER - All Two Counties League Matches start at 12:30

March 100 Club Winners
£75 Gary Martin,  £50 Matt Bird,  £25 Peter McGowan

JUNIOR SECTION - GOOD FRIDAY BAG PACKING
Thanks to the generosity of the Customers at Waitrose on Friday the Junior Section assisted by their parents and club helpers raised over £430.00.  Thanks obviously to everyone involved and particularly to Waitrose for inviting us into their store.

Sunday Friendly, Senior T20 (incl National Cup) and Junior Fixtures
have now been arranged - refer to relevant sections.

LAW CHANGES FOR SEASON 2018
Important reading for all Players, Umpires,Scorers and Spectators.
Sat 1st and 2nd XIs will have Panel Umpires for all their matches but all other
sides will have to umpire their own matches so must know the new rules.
Summary of
Changes
Law 42
Player Conduct
Penalty
Runs
Scoring
Changes
ECB Videos - Guide (5 mins) - Summary (20 mins) - Laws 41 & 42 Online Tool

CLEAN-UP DAY
Saturday March 31st from 10:00 am at Friars Street.
Please bring along some gardening tools.

FIRST AID COURSE
Darren Batch is running a First Aid Course at the club on Wednesday May 2nd
6:30pm - 9:30pm  -  £30.00 per attendee.
Please contact Darren (see Contacts page) to book your place.

ANNUAL DINNER
Another excellent Annual Dinner was held on Friday night at the Masonic Hall with a record attendance of 137 guests.  Chairman Louis Brooks hosted the event with his normal aplomb and guest speaker Graham Gooch entertained the guests with a fine mixture of humour and cricket memories.  The annual award winners are listed below.
 
Clubman
MARK WARBROOK
Player
TOM HUGGINS
Most Improved
ALEX QUIN
Old Git
PHIL HALLIDAY
Chairman's Award
JONNY AMOS

At the Dinner the Chairman was also delighted to announce that GOSFIELD SCHOOL will be the Club's Junior Section Sponsor and Partner for 2018 and is offering Cricket Scholarships - click here for details .  It was also announced that New Zealander TIM JOHNSTON is joining the club for the 2018 Season as on Overseas Coach.
              

SUDBURY HOCKEY CLUB
Many Congratulations to the Ladies 1st XI who today (March 10) were crowned Champions of East Women's League - Division 2 - South West.
The side is captained by Ladies Cricket Team player BECKY SPENCER
and includes 'retired' Ladies cricketer KIRSTY BATCH

February 100 Club Winners
£75 Alan Baker,  £50 Dave Witham,  £25 Mr Bishop
Annual Dinner £200 Winner - Geoff Challacombe

2018 MEMBERSHIP
All Players and Coaches at all levels are required to renew / sign a relevant 2018 Membership Form before they can either play for the club or take part in club net sessions.  This is required for Insurance purposes.  Juniors attending Saturday morning nets are covered as part of the nominal charge that they pay, but their Membership must be completed before they can attend the outdoor nets at the club in April. Juniors who attend the Senior indoor nets on Sundays must complete their Junior Membership Form before they can take part in these net sessions.

January 100 Club Winners
£75 Shuna Clarkson,  £50 David Simpkin,  £25 David Shropshire

SUFFOLK CUP
Sudbury are in Pool A and will play three home and two away matches (dates tba).
Our opponents are :  MILDENHALL (A), BURY ST EDMUNDS (A), WORLINGTON (H),
WALSHAM (H) and HAVERHILL (H).  Pool A is by far the strongest group !!

LAVENHAM CRICKET GROUND
The club is pleased to announce that it has secured a 3 Year agreement with Lavenham
Village Hall (and Council) for the exclusive use of the Cricket Ground in Bridge Street,
commencing 2018.  This means that all 3rd XI Saturday matches will continue to be played at
Lavenham and the club has the option to use the facilities for additional matches if required.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY & LADIES FIXTURES
Saturday April 7th  :  1st XI v SAFFRON WALDEN 1st XI   (Home @ 12:30)
Saturday April 7th  :  2nd XI v WORLINGTON 1st XI   (Away @ 12:00)
LADIES League Fixtures - see Ladies Page of this website

December 100 Club Winners
£75 Lee Martin,  £50 Fred Ray,  £25 Mark Warbrook

A Festive Message from the Chairman
As 2017 draws to a close I thought I would write a few words to reflect on the season but primarily to thank everyone associated with the club in 2017. Players, Sponsors, Parents, Vice Presidents, Advertisers, Spectators - everyone connected with the club.  Your support, enthusiasm and commitment have been superb. The amount of hours put in by many volunteers has been outstanding and without the hard work of so many people we could never have hit the milestones that we did in 2017.
 

2017 saw Sudbury reach the pinnacle of cricket in this region, winning the East Anglian Premier League. Yes we did it! Amazing, outstanding! I will never forget the kindness of Essex CCC allowing us to parade the EAPL trophy around the county ground (with baby Gallagher only a few days old).  The EAPL is one of the hardest leagues in the country with some excellent teams. We don’t have all the resources of others but we have a collective strength and passion through the club that is second to none. Sudbury also won the Suffolk Cup for the first time in our history with the team comprised of players from all teams including the Ladies. A thrilling final will remain in the minds of those who watched for years to come. That was a very proud moment for me watching that team.
 
The Second team gained promotion to Division 2 of the Two Counties League. Another major achievement. We have only been there once before and I am sure all are looking forward to a crack at Division 2.
 
Our 3rd team played some great games in a tough season and only missed out staying in Division 7 by a whisker. A superb atmosphere existed in the team bringing youth on, and with a fantastic spirit it was a great team to play in.
 
A new 4th team was formed and some amazing games were played that will stick in the memory. Again bringing more playing members. It was a superb re birth after a 25 year absence and shows we want to cater for all.
 
Our Sunday friendly side was launched. Fantastic enthusiasm, sportsmanship and some wonderful local sides graced Friars Street. A great success.
 
Our Junior section grew and Sudbury were the number one All Stars Cricket Club in the county, another fantastic achievement.
 
The Ladies had a brilliant season with new players bringing some great results and enthusiasm.
 
We had a superb cricket week.  Pete and Sarah tied the knot on the hallowed turf, some excellent social events, a junior tournament and we hosted an amazing St Georges Day Celebration in April working with other local clubs and the Sudbury Town Partnership.  We saw over a 1000 people through the Golding gates.  We have invested in the ground with new equipment, nets, covers and the ground team do a fine job in providing an excellent environment for all. I don’t think we could have done any more in our 230th year!
 
We thank the Keith Martin Group again for their incredible support as our main club sponsor, and I am pleased to advise that they will continue in 2018.
 
Every team, every player, every member, every supporter and all connected to the club are very important to me.  So, I want to say thanks to everyone for the memories and for making 2017 so special in the club’s history. None of us will forget September 16th in a hurry. No one can take it away!
 
It never gets any easier. So much work is and has already gone into 2018. Improving as a club can and will be done but I need everyone’s help again.  Volunteering is a wonderful thing. Thanks so much to all the bag packers who worked so hard at Waitrose just before Xmas.  If you can help with social events, any fundraising events and aspect of the club with any time or ideas, never hesitate to get in contact. We work so hard to get and keep the club financially sound and I thank every one of you for your help
 
So enjoy your New Year celebrations tonight and reflect on your achievements in 2017. You are a special bunch. Let’s spread the word to all your friends, family, work mates that it’s a great club to be at. All are welcome and we are always looking for new members of any standard to join the Talbot family.
 
Thanks again for your continued support.  Let’s have an amazing 2018 and do it all again.
 
Finally health and happiness to everyone, and I wish you all the best for 2018.
 
Louis Brooks
Chairman Sudbury CC
 

JUNIOR SECTION - CHRISTMAS BAG PACKING
Saturday December 23rd  

Thanks to the generosity of the Customers at Waitrose on Saturday the Junior Section assisted by their parents and club helpers raised over £400.00.  Thanks obviously to everyone involved and particularly to Waitrose for inviting us into their store.

ROSS WALLACE - a tribute from chairman Louis Brooks
Funeral Arrangements : Friday January 12th, 12:30 at Bures Church,
followed by the wake at The Eight Bells, Bures

All at the club are very sorry to hear of the passing of Ross Wallace earlier this month.  Ross was a great character at the club and took on the role of treasurer for several years in the 1990s. I first joined the committee in 1991 and there were some memorable meetings that I can still remember now.  Ross was a keen follower of the club when not at the ground by following the Talbots on Total Cricket Scorer. I would often talk to Ross about the previous days play in the Eight Bells public house in Bures on the Sunday.  He was very good at relaying back the stats and commenting on how well the team were doing, especially in the 2017 season.  He was also a very big Arsenal supporter and this would also be another great topic of conversation!  Infact he had two cats called Rix and Stapleton who reminded him of his Arsenal heroes in the 70s and 80s.  He was also a big Bob Dylan fan.  He always had a great joke, a great smile and I will not only miss his appearances in cricket week but I will really miss my Sunday chats in the pub with Ross.  Thoughts go out to Shuna and Ted Clarkson and his family at this time.  Details will be shared of funeral arrangements as they are known.     RIP Ross.   


November 100 Club Winners
£75 Kath Siegert,  £50 Andy Holness,  £25 Audrey James

TWO COUNTIES FIXTURES ANNOUNCED
The 2nd XI start life in Division 2 away to Haverhil on April 14th, followed by a home match
on April 21st versus Kelvedon.
The 3rd XI start their season in Division 8 with an away match against Halstead 3rd XI on April 28th
followed by a home match on May 5th against Colchester Cavaliers

WINTER NET DATES
SENIORS  -  Sun Feb 25th for 5 weeks         JUNIORS  -   Sat Jan 20th for 10 weeks
                (Included in Membership Subs)                                  (£3.00 per session)                

October 100 Club Winners
£75 Stephen Beadle,  £50 Pauline Connor,  £25 Pete Siegert

TWO COUNTIES - LEAGUE STRUCTURE
Further to the recent AGM the Two Counties Management Committee have announced their League Structures for 2018.  Unfortunately the 3rd XI didn't escape relegation and will play in Division Eight.
2nd XI - Div 2 :  Haverhill (R), Braintree (R), Copdock II, Copford, Clacton, East Bergholt, Kelvedon, Ipswich & ES, Lakenheath, Mildenhall II, Little Bardfield (P), Sudbury II (P) = 12 teams
3rd XI - Div 8 : Sudbury III (R), Halstead III (R), Colchester Cavaliers, Dunmow II, Copdock III, Copford II, Ipswich & ES II, Eye (P), Coggeshall III (P), Bardwell (P)  = 10 teams

NEW CODE OF MCC LAWS OF CRICKET (2017)
Click this link to read a summary of the new laws - New Laws

2018 EAPL FIXTURES
The 1st XI start the defence of their title at Home to NORWICH on April 14th 2018, followed by an Away trip to local rivals Bury St Edmunds.  Unless any changes are made at the EAPL AGM, the format will be the same as 2017.  Full sequence of fixtures is Norwich (H), Bury (A), Copdock (H), Burwell (A), Frinton (H), Horsford (H), Witchingham (A), Mallards (H), Swardeston (A), MIldenhall (H), Granta (A) which is then repeated for the reverse fixture, finishing on September 8th at Home to Cambridge Granta.

September 100 Club Winners
£75 Nick Duncan,  £50 Charlie Phillips,  £25 Lisa Tipper

THE TALBOTS AT ESSEX COUNTY CRICKET GROUND
On Tuesday September 26th Sudbury CC were invited by Essex CCC to parade the EAPL Championship Trophy around the ground during the tea interval - an experience that those players who were able to attend will remember for some time.  Around 2,000 spectators were in the ground at the time and all parts of the ground roundly applauded the players and club officials as they made their way around the ground.  Our thanks to Essex CCC for the invitation - hopefully we will be invited again next year - and congratulations to Essex on winning The Specsavers County Championship - Division One having completed the whole season unbeaten.

FINAL SENIOR PLAYER STATS FOR 2017
(figures taken from the club's Play Cricket website covering all senior matches)
------ Batting ------ ------ Bowling ------ - Fielding Catches - --- Keeper Catches ---
  D Batch   1159   P Halliday   54   B Reece     18   A Mansfield   46
  B Reece    870   D Melton     52   D Melton    15   K Moulton-Day 15
  J Amos     767   T Huggins    39   D Batch     15   C Cleverley    9 
  T Huggins  833   B Hyett      36   A Quin      14   T Park         6
  W Amos     769
 
  G Boon       36
 
  J Amos      12
 
  L Brooks       4
  D Melton       4

A SEASON TO REMEMBER - BEST IN 230 YEAR HISTORY
1st XI CROWNED EAPL CHAMPIONS ON SATURDAY
AFTER THEIR MATCH WITH SWARDESTON FELL VICTIM TO THE RAIN
2nd XI RUNNERS-UP IN TWO COUNTIES DIV 3 GAIN PROMOTION
SUFFOLK CUP WINNERS

Following his appointment in 2015, Tom Huggins prepared a Vision Statement sign saying -
"TO WIN THE EAPL IN 2017" and displayed it on the wall of the Home changing room.
Three years later it all came true -a fantastic journey.
  
To cap the week off, many congratulations to Jonny and Lauren Gallagher on the birth of their son,
Harry William Henry - a night of celebration at the club tonight for so many reasons.
Week 22 Matches
Date Team Match Opponents Venue Result Scores Report
Sat 16 Sept 1st XI EAPL Swardeston Home Aban    
  2nd XI Two Cty 3 Exning Away Aban Exning 49-2  
  3rd XI Friendly Twinstead Away Won 122-4 : 121-5*  
The best ever season for the club finished on Saturday with the clubhouse full of celebration.  The 1st XI won the EAPL for the first time and became only the second Suffolk club to get their hands on the trophy.  The 'crunch match' against Swardeston was finally abandoned at 2:50 after many pitch inspections and an early lunch.  The start was rescheduled for 2:30 at 32 overs per side, but just as the players were about to take the field the heavens opened up again and the umpires called the game off.  Very difficult decisions had to be made and all of groundsman David Oakes' hard work eventually came to nothing.  The weather meant that only 2 EAPL games were completed, and our 2nd XI only managed 16 overs at Exning before returning home to join in the celebrations as the rain worked its way south through Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and into Suffolk.  Wisely the 3rd XI at Twinstead decided on a 20 overs match and won off the final ball - what a way to end the season (Ben Duncan 2 - 18, and Will Amos 47*).  The celebrations continued into the night with the annual Players Dinner and Website Awards - many thanks as usual to Chairman Louis Brooks for conducting proceedings and to Mark Warbrook for organising the event.  It's now time to put the ground to bed, finalise all the statistics and finances in time for the AGM in November and start planning to defend the 1st XI's title and stabalise the 2nd XI in Division 2 in 2018.  The work never stops but it is all worth while as Saturday proved - WHAT A FANTASTIC CLUB - and thanks to all our supporters who have visited Friars Street and offered messages of 'good luck' throughout the season - A REAL CREDIT TO THE TOWN.

Who'd be a Groundsman ?
David Oakes and his helpers have got their work cut out to keep the rain off for Saturday's EAPL match against Swardeston.  The forecast doesn't look very promising but that doesn't stop the groundstaff from putting the effort in.  Just after this photo was taken (5pm on Thursday) the heavens opened again !

Saturday 3rd XI match this weekend is now away at Twinstead and not Castle Hedingham

SUDBURY win the Suffolk T20 Cup 


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