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05 Dec 2019
The Club has been nominated by the EAPL as one of their four permitted teams to enter the National Royal London Club Championship for 2020 (128 teams from across the country) and will play Away against North Middlesex (2019 Champions of the Middlesex Premier League) on Sunday May 10th - full details to follow in due course.  The Final will take place on Monday September 14th at Lords - won by Swardeston in 2019.
30 Nov 2019
November 100 Club Winners
£75 Fred Ray,  £50 Greg Boyle,  £25 Alan Baker

22 Nov 2019

The Club is deeply saddened to inform all connected with
Sudbury Cricket Club of the passing of
Alan Cocksedge
this week.

Funeral Details: Following a private cremation, the family are holding a Celebration of Alan’s life on Monday 16 December at AFC Sudbury, Brundon Lane at 2.30 p.m where the family will share stories and memories of Alan’s life.  If you wish to make a donation to St Nicholas Hospice and MacMillian Unit at Bury St Edmunds, please send to WA Deacon Funeral Services, 3 Norman Way, High Street, Lavenham, CO109PY.  Cricket Club blazers may be worn.
Alan has been connected with the club and the town for decades. A Sudbury man through and through who would often be very proactive in bringing many young cricketers to the club. He was also very supportive and a driving force at Newton Green Golf Club. 
An Honorary Life Member who captained the first team in 1979, Alan had also been the Club Historian for many years who researched and produced the History of the Club, Tales from the Dew Drop Inn and he recently rescued Slogger Hart’s Tankard which led him to produce his final publication for the club. 
It’s hard to do justice to Alan and I certainly don’t possess the literacy skills that he would always produce in his long distinguished career as a local journalist. 
I have many fond memories of Alan as I grew up as a junior member and I played many matches with him in 2nd and 3rd team matches. Alan always new how to build a big score and grind out an innings, and I was very privileged as a youngster to see what the club meant to the likes of Alan and his generation. This, I know has spurred many of us on to keep driving the club forward.
He knew what it meant to be a Talbot and I will fondly remember him as one of the greats of the club.  Alan was also very active and influential in bringing some fine overseas coaches to the club including the likes of Rajeev Seth. 
He was always wonderful to talk to not just about cricket but Arsenal too!  He would always pass on his wisdom when he could and offer advice, and he would also be down watching on a Saturday and Sunday checking our progress. He was always keen to know of any new players and prospects for the new season and I know he enjoyed the successes of recent years. 
It was down to Alan that I joined the committee 28 years ago as an eager 16 year old!  There will be a big hole in the club next season and we thank him for his support.  Alan was also a very kind gentle supportive man who would always help in any way he could, and was a massive supporter of the Annual Dinner - always the first to contact me and put his table of 15 down! 
I am sure we will talk more and share more memories and great stories of Alan as time progresses, but for now I wanted to inform all those connected with the club of the passing of this legendary Talbot who will be greatly missed.  Rest in Peace Alan.

Words by Louis Brooks, Chairman, Sudbury CC
20 Nov 2019
Sudbury Cricket Club is pleased to announce the signing of Shane Dadswell (North West Dragons , South Africa) as their Overseas Player / Coach for the 2020 season (subject to ECB /  EAPL approval)

Shane is a hard hitting top order batsman & seam bowler. Thanks to Gosfield School for their continued support and to WSXcricket for their help and expertise in securing Shane's services.

The Club wishes Shane a very enjoyable and successful season with the Talbots next Summer.

Click Here to watch Shane Batting
20 Nov 2019
The following Rule changes have been approved at the EAPL AGM and will apply for Season 2020.
-  Limited Over Matches (50 overs a Side)  :  Teams to wear coloured clothing, using a Pink Dukes
   ball, white sightscreens
-  Batting Bonus Points in All Reduced Over Matches  :  Now to be awarded in both innings at
   reduced target scores based on the proportion of overs lost.  (eg. A 50 over match reduced
   to 40 overs the first batting point will be gained at 40/50 of standard 150 = 120 runs, etc.)
   The actual calculations / procedures to be produced and published by the League
Both of these Rule changes were initially proposed by Sudbury.

16 Nov 2019
The following Rule changes have been approved by the Two Counties Management Committee following the AGM and will apply for Season 2020.
-  Minimum Length of Match in event of bad weather has been reduced from 50 overs to 40 overs in
   all divisions.  Bonus points structure is to re-assessed.
-  Divisions 1 - 3  :  Leg Side Wides will apply
-  Divisions 2 - 8  :  A maximum of 12 overs per bowler and no carry over of unused overs to the
   second innings
-  Division 9  :  A maximum of 11 overs per bowler and no carry over of unused overs to the
   second innings
-  Divisions 8 & 9  :  These will be split into 2 Divisions each 
Click Here for the full Rule Changes paper issued by the League.

15 Nov 2019
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Monday November 11th
An update and message from your Chairman, Louis Brooks
Thanks to all those that attended the 2019 AGM and Congratulations to those who have been elected for positions for 2020 (please refer to the "Contacts" page for an update) and I look forward to another good season. 
As I mentioned  at the meeting John Mallett will be stepping down as Treasurer after the 2020 season but will be on hand to ensure a smooth handover process throughout the 2021 season. It’s a key role and I would be grateful if you can all think about this role. Whether you would like to do it or can recommend anyone. John isn’t disappearing from the club and will be around to help for sure. 
Also, and with immediate effect, the club needs help from volunteers to assist with some other areas of Administration that John has previously undertaken.  These tasks need to be handed over in time for the 2020 season and again John will work with you through the transition.  These tasks are very important for the club if it is to retain its efficient and accurate levels of Administration.  You do not have to sit on the Management Committee, but the club does really need some help here from within its Membership, and even if you think you can assist with one or two points that would be a great help. 
Once all are set up with John's help these are not individually onerous tasks and sparing a couple of hours each week would really help the club out in a massive way. 
The areas that need to be addressed include : 
-   Administration of Club Membership List / Forms / Registration for Senior Players (liaising with
    Junior Section re youngsters playing in Senior Cricket)
-   Play Cricket Administrator : maintain Club’s Player Membership and League Registrations on
    Play-Cricket including liaising with League Administrators as necessary
-   Play Cricket Results : Ensure that all Home Results of all Senior Mens, Ladies, Cricket Week and
    U/19 matches are entered onto Play-Cricket each week by the specified time and check those
    entered by opposition for Away matches for accuracy
-   Administer and Collect Outstanding Match Fees, liaising with Selection Committee and Team
    Captains as necessary
-   Cricket Balls : maintain Cricket Ball Stock and liaise with Club Secretary to place League Orders
    for forthcoming season
-   Scorebooks : ensure each Team has a Scorebook with sufficient un-used pages for the new
    Season and purchase new ones as required
-   Club Records / Stats : From Play-Cricket Stats maintain the Club’s Team / Total Statistics
    During the Close Season of 2019/20 John will try to get this more interactive with Play-Cricket
    and replace his own purpose written software / database that covers all available details since 2000
-   Website Administrator : Maintain the club’s website
    (Note : the existing be-spoke website that John and Upshot Media created around 7 years ago
    requires a lot of technical knowledge to maintain, and during the close season John will look
    into the merits of moving to a generic Cricket Club site such as Play-Cricket or Hitsports. 
Any questions at all please do reach out to John or myself directly.  It would be great if we can get some new faces helping out to the run the club as without new volunteers the club will not be able to maintain its "off-field" standards that have supported the "on-field" achievements of the club over the recent seasons.

12 Nov 2019
Congratulations to HENRY SHIPLEY on his appearance for the New Zealand XI against England at The Cobham Oval in the recent 2 Day Warm Up Match before the Test Series starts next week.  Henry took the wicket of Rory Burns and finished with 1 - 81 off 16 overs, and scored 34* in the rain affected match.  Follow this link to see full match details and watch Henry's wicket and boundaries - Link
31 Oct 2019
October 100 Club Winners
£75 Kath Siegert,  £50 Dave Witham,  £25 Mark Platt

16 Oct 2019
The date of the Annual Dinner has been set as Friday February 28th 2020 at the Masonic Hall, Sudbury for 7:30pm (sit down).  The ticket price remains the same at £40.00 and this year's speaker
is Peter Bowler (ex Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Somerset).

Click here for full details
The Christmas Dinner has been arranged for Saturday December 21st at India Restaurant,
North Street, Sudbury for 7:30 pm

Contact James Poulson on to reserve your place

30 Sept 2019
The Club is pleased to advise all members that with effect from October 1st 2019 the Club will operate as the new legal entity SUDBURY (SUFFOLK) & DISTRICT CRICKET CLUB CIC as per the mandate voted on by its members at the EGM on Thursday May 23rd 2019.  Accordingly all existing Club Membership, Assets and Liabilities will be passed to the new CIC as at the Club's Year End of September 30th 2019.   Louis Brooks (Chairman)

30 Sep 2019
Our Junior Section Sponsors GOSFIELD SCHOOL are introducing a Winter PiriPiri Cricket Club starting in 5 weeks time, so if any Sudbury Juniors are interested in taking part please Click Here

30 Sept 2019
September 100 Club Winners
£75 Stef & Valda Marks,  £50 Keith Smith,  £25 Doug Turner

19 Sept 2019
Congratulations are due again to ex Talbot Dustin Melton who took his maiden First Class County wicket for Derbyshire in their Specsavers County Championship - Division Two match which finished yesterday.  Dustin took 1 - 24 in Sussex's first innings and 1 - 30 in their second, and he also scored his first County runs with a score of 1 not out in Derbyshire's first innings.  Hopefully the first of many appearances, wickets and runs.  Dustin also played in Derbyshire's next County match against Middlesex at Lords.

15 Sept 2019
£350.00      MM02      Toby Butcher
£200.00      SS09       Sarah Wordley
£100.00      N05         Brendan Wren
   Wine             NNN03     Charlie Thomas
   Prosecco      BBB04    Gerry McGuire
   Chocolates   T06          Eleanor Scougall

18 Sept 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Sep 14 1st XI Mildenhall EAPL Home Won MIL 97 - 10 :  SUD 100 -4
  2nd XI Mildenhall II Two Cty 2 Away Lost SUD 178 -5  :  MIL 182 - 3
So we come to the end of another season - well almost, as we are fielding a team in the Acton CC T16 Tournament next Sunday under the leadership of Dale Brett.  The competition also includes Long Melford and starts at 10:30.
Both the 1st and 2nd XIs played against Mildenhall on Saturday - the 1st XI recording a fairly comfortable home victory whilst the 2nd XI lost away at Wamil Way.  Electing to bat first at Friars Street, Mildenhall lost their first wicket to the second ball of the day bowled by Jonny Gallagher and they never really recoverd as they were all out for just 97 in 34.0 overs.  Paddy Sadler was the star with the ball returning season best figures of 4 - 20, backed up by James Poulson 2 - 14 and Ben Reece 3 - 20.  In reply, the Talbots lost Poulson in the third over but Dale Brett on his debut plundered two 6's on his way to 19 before Kenny Moulton-Day with 33 from just 18 balls saw the side home for the loss of 4 wickets.  Victory wasn't enough to move the side up to the Runners-Up spot in the League as Swardeston also won, and they also triumphed in the National Club One Day Final held at Lords on Monday, so we extend our congratulations to them as well  as to League champions Frinton-on-Sea.  To finish third in the league is a fine achievement for the side although they obviously wanted to retain their title after the successes of 2017 and 2018.  The improved strength of Frinton who only lost one game all season (to Sudbury !!) paid dividends but the Talbots made certain that they remained in with a shout until then end.  Congratulations to skipper Adam Mansfield and his team.
Without skipper Dale Brett who rightly had the opportunity to savour 1st XI cricket in the EAPL, Stuart Whitehart led the 2nd XI in their final Division 2 Two match.  Opting to bat first the side made 178 in their 45 overs with a fine and patient 50* from Matt Pears aided by Cameron Stace (26) and a final flourish of 39* from Will Shropshire.  Mildenhall reached their target in the 26th over for the loss of just 3 wickets with a wicket each for Whitehart, Stace and Jonny Amos.  Relegation means Division Three for the 2nd XI next season but a lesser standard of opposition should help some of the younger players progress in their development as they will face fewer 1st XI sides, but again player availability will be a key factor if they are to push for promotion back to Division Two.
The Annual Players Dinner at the club on Saturday night saw Chairman Louis Brooks up to his normal standard as he handed our his "website" awards and a great night was had by all in their attempt to drink the bar dry - didn't quite achieve that !!
Thanks again to all our supporters during the season and winter well whilst the Club Committee and Captains start their plans for 2020.

8 Sept 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Sep 7 1st XI Bury St Edmunds EAPL Away Won BSE 223-8 : SUD 226-8
  2nd XI Little Bardfield Two Cty 2 Home Won LB 180-8  :  SUD 181-8
  4th XI Helions Bumpstead Friendly Away Canc  
Sun Sep 8 Sen T20 Bury St Edmunds Suffolk Cup Final Away Won SUD 218-7  :  BSE 120-8 
  Sun XI Gents of Suffolk Friendly Home Lost GOS 153-2  :  SUD 152-10

Two wins out of two on Saturday but unfortunately the 2nd XI's victory against their fellow relegation candidates was not enough to take their survival chances into the last weekend but hopefully another win next Saturday could see them move off the bottom of the table and finish the season in style.  The side welcomed back Stuart Whitehart from holidays and he responded by taking 6 - 42 as Bardfield were limited to 180 - 8 in their 45 overs.  Sudbury secured victory with just 5 balls left despite a bit of a wobble after the top four batsmen had all done their jobs - Keelan Waldock 42, Alex Quin 29, Matt Pears 28 and Dominic Crame 30.  Will Shropshire with a very patient and uncharacteristic 7* saw the side home as the side lost 5 wickets in making the last 32 runs.  Whilst relegation always brings a sense of disappointment and what might have been, skipper Dale Brett must be congratulated on his efforts throughout the season and if the "relegation party" at the clubhouse on Saturday night was anything to go by the side will surely bounce back up to Division Two in the next few seasons.
The 1st XI secured at least 3rd place in the EAPL on a day when both Frinton and Swardeston also recorded victories meaning that Frinton are this years champions and we must "loan" the trophy to Essex for the next twelve months.  Many congratulations to Mike Coomber and his team who have only been beaten once this season - by the Talbots of course !  Bury were invited to bat first on a wicket which had had a fair amount of water leaked onto it overnight but the wet patches didn't help the Sudbury bowlers early on as the first wicket didn't fall until the score was 90 in the 19th over.  The top three for Bury all posted good scores but fortunately the rest of the side didn't as Sudbury gradually gained control with 2 wickets each for James Poulson 2 - 43, Ben Reece 2 - 46 and Andy SImmons 2 - 33 (Andy making the initial breakthrough with the first two wickets).  The Talbots started the reply in fairly typical fashion as they lost their first wicket with the 5th ball of the innings with the score on 9.  Henry Shipley, on his final appearance for the club, was promoted to number three and with Martyn Cull (22) he looked to progress the innings before being caught for 13.  Darren Batch (43) and Ben Parker (22) looked to have taken control but it was down to skipper Adam Mansfield with a fine 54* and Ben Reece (24) to see the side home for the loss of 8 wickets with ten balls left.  Another victory next Saturday against Mildenhall at home could see the side finish as runners-up if Horsford (in 4th place) can beat their Norfolk rivals Swardeston who are currently 17 points ahead of the Talbots.
The club did the "weekend double" when they won the Suffolk Cup Final on Sunday with a convincing victory over local rivals Bury St Edmunds at Woolpit in front of a good crowd of supporters.  Invited to bat first, skipper Ben Reece set the tone from the start with a brisk 27 and this was continued by both Darren Batch (52*) and Kenny Moulton-Day (50*) who then had to retire.  With the help of 34 extras the side finished their 20 overs on 218 - 7 which proved way beyond the Bury batsmen who could never match the level of intensity of Sudbury's innings due to some fine bowling from the very first over.  With only 5 extras in the innings the bowling duties and wickets were shared amongst the 10 bowlers (only keeper Ryan Vickery didn't bowl) as Bury ended up 98 runs short before skipper Reece was handed the trophy which Sudbury won for the first time in 2017.  Many thanks to the organisers and Woolpit Cricket Club for hosting the day.
The Sunday XI's friendly against the Gents of Suffolk resulted in a win for our visitors by one run, but spare a thought for young James Quin who after a nasty accidental collision with an opposition batsman whilst fielding a return throw had to be checked out at hospital as he suffered from concussion and some cuts to his face.  Patched up he returned home on Sunday night.  The Gents batted first and posted 153 - 2 off 36 overs and with Lewis Miller stepping in for the unfortunate James as a "concussion replacement" the Talbots reached 152 before opposition skipper Guy Robins bowled young Lewis leaving Charlie Thomas on 35*.  Openers Will Ponsford with 23 and Alex Ray with 29 had given the innings a good start but wickets then fell at regular intervals.
Finally for this week, we have to say goodbye to Henry Shipley who returns to Canterbury CC, New Zealand for their season which begins later this month.  In his 5 month stay Henry has been a pleasure to work with, both at the club and at Gosfield School undertaking his coaching duties, and has been a valuable member of the 1st XI.  Safe journey Henry and have a good season back home.
Congratulations to ex Talbot Dustin Melton who has now been signed up by Derbyshire until the end of 2020.  24-year-old Dustin only made his first-class debut in last week's tour match against Australia.  He took 0-55 with the ball but failed to score during either innings with the bat.  He has however impressed in the Second XI Championship for Derbyshire, recording best figures of 4-8 against Worcestershire in June.  Dustin says “It has been a dream of mine since arriving in the country four years ago, so it is the highlight of my career to fulfil that dream and sign a professional contract with Derbyshire," said Melton, who has previously played for Essex seconds and was with Sudbury for three seasons 2016 - 2018 helping the 1st XI to the EAPL Championship in both his second and third seasons including being leading wicket taker in the EAPL in 2017 with 43 wickets. “This is a great opportunity for me, I have enjoyed my time with the club so far and I am looking forward to the challenge of competing for a place in the team.”  Head of cricket, Dave Houghton added: “We have been impressed with Dustin this year, he has worked hard and performed well. It’s good for us to have such depth and quality in our bowling ranks, and he will add another element of pace and bounce.”  Well done Dustin and good luck next season.
Read Jonny Amos's Press Release

3 Sept 2019
August 100 Club Winners
£75 Stephen Beadle,  £50 Stephen Martin-Halls,  £25 Peter McGowan

3 Sept 2019
Date Team Opposition Comp Venue Result Scores
Sat Aug 31 1st XI Swardeston EAPL Home Lost SWA 396 - 5  :  SUD 174 - 10
  2nd XI Kesgrave Two Cty 2 Away Lost KES 224 - 2  :  SUD 153 - 8
  3rd XI Kesgrave II Two Cty 8 Home Lost SUD 128 - 10  :  KES 132 - 4
Sun Sept 1 Sun XI Leavenheath Friendly Home Won LEA 194 - 7  :  SUD 195 - 5
Within the last 5 weekends the three leading contenders for the EAPL title have all played each other resulting in one victory and one defeat each with the victory in each case being a convincing win away from home.  Thus, the 1st XI were well beaten by Swardeston on Saturday by a margin of 222 runs in a match that was almost a "mirror" of the All Day match played between the two sides back in June, only that as that match was an All Day match Swardeston were able to play out the match as a Draw although they finished 132 runs behind Sudbury's total.  Electing to bat first on Saturday, Swardeston attacked from the first ball although at 72 - 1 after 14 overs there was no real evidence of what was to follow.  Both Callum Taylor (116) and Joe Gatting (100) produced similar innings to previous knocks against the Talbots with Taylor part of a 145 partnership for the second wicket with Cooper (61).  The acceleration of the innings was maintained resulting in a massive 396 - 5 after 50 overs - Tom Huggins (2 - 61) and Darren Batch (2 - 62).  A couple of dropped catches and probably the worst fielding display of the season didn't help Sudbury's cause, and neither did losing Huggins first ball in reply.  The run rate over by over of Sudbury's innings was always above that of Swadeston's innings but with wickets falling at regular intervals a heavy defeat duly arrived after just 23.1 overs despite aggressive knocks from Batch (36) and Kenny Moulton-Day (45).  The 3 points gained from the match mean that the team drop down to 3rd place and although mathematically both of Saturday's teams could overtake Frinton with just two matches of the season to go, it looks odds-on that the Championship will make its way to the Essex coastline, probably next weekend.  However, with a local derby away at Bury St Edmunds next weekend followed by a final match at home against Mildenhall on September 14th the team will want to finish on a high, particularly as they meet Bury again next Sunday at Woolpit (2:30pm) in the Suffolk Cup T20 Final. 
It looks as if the 2nd XI's attempt to avoid relegation back to Division 3 has failed as even maximum points from their two remaining matches will be unlikely to provide an escape.  Away to Kesgrave on Saturday the side finished 71 runs short of their hosts 224 - 2 despite an opening stand of 47 between Pete Siegert (17) and Keelan Waldock (30).  Matt Pears (37) carried on the good work but couldn't find any support until Jonny Amos (35) came to the crease at 70 - 5.  Whilst Skipper Dale Brett is obviously disappointed, he remains fairly upbeat re next season at a lower level which should enable some of the youngsters to progress playing against more 2nd XI sides.
The 3rd team also lost to Kesgrave as they played their first game at Gosfield School. Very favourable comments were made by the team about the facilities and the School is undertaking further work on the outfield and wicket this Autumn. Sudbury's total of 128 all out  (Allan Macdiarmid 38 and Morgan Waldock 27) was chased down by our visitors in 28.2 overs for the loss of just 4 wickets - Tom Park 2 - 20.  The team has now completed its Division Eight League Fixtures for 2019 and will finish in 7th place, one place above the 3 relegation spots.
Sunday's Friendly against Leavenheath provided the club's only victory of the weekend.  Leavenheath posted 194 - 7 as they opted to bat first (Phil Halliday 2- 24, Morgan Waldock 2 - 32) and with Sudbury on 42 - 5 after 14 overs it needed Alex Quin (69*) to be joined at the crease by Darren Batch (85*) to see the side home.
Although the Sunday Team have finished their league programme, their promotion to Division Two of the North Essex Cricket League was confirmed on Sunday when Great Horkesley lost to West Bergholt meaning that the Talbots must finish within the top two places - congratulations to Keelan Waldock and his teammates.

Read Jonny Amos's Press Release


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