Sudbury Second XI v East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI on Sat 26 May 2018 at 13:00
East Bergholt Cricket Club Lost by 5 wickets

Match report Following a comprehensive victory against Copford last week, the Two Counties First XI travelled to newly promoted Sudbury Second XI for this Division 2 clash.

After an early morning down pour we arrived at he ground with the sun breaking through and the forecast looking excellent for later in the afternoon.

Sam lost the toss and Sudbury took advantage of the humid conditions and elected to bat. The Fosters lead the charge with George and Alfie opening and Sam batting 3. Sudbury struck the early breakthrough as Alfie was cleaned bowled for 8. However, this brought George and Sam's back together following their fantastic 202 run partnership last week and they looked to build another good partnership here. Boundaries were tough to come by early on and they both played nicely as they worked the ball for 1s and 2s around the ground. Another 50 partnership was recorded and Sam was just getting going before he was bowled for 33 leaving us nicely poised at 72-2. This is where the good vibes finished however, as Ali, Rich, George and Ross lost their wickets all too cheaply leaving us in a big hole at 90-6. Griff and Jamie looked to steady the ship which they did briefly but after a few big hits from Griff, he was run out for 21. Ben and Henry then followed quickly after and following a determined effort from Jamie (18 off 50 balls) he was caught on the boundary looking to push the total up with some big hits. That left Nath 1 not out on 1 and our innings embarrassingly somewhat short on 136 all out off only a meager 35.4 overs.

The East Bergholt bowling and fielding effort had to be phenomenal in order to defend this low target, especially with the wicket now being caked in sunshine and drying out nicely. In all fairness the run defence got off to a fantastic and pumped start with Ben and Henry steaming in and reducing the host to 14-3 in no time at all. In an innings which mirror the first impeccably, this is where the good vibes finished....opener Steve Martin and wicket keeper Dale Brett were at the crease and put on a very patient and very important 97 run partnership which saw them both reach their 50s. Nath came on and managed to get the wicket of both these men, but it was all a little too late as Amos and Whitehart got the hosts over the line in 43.3 overs and 10 to spare. The bowling standard throughout the innings was very good, however the fielding was not as we saw a total of 5 catches go down. Some were difficult, some were not but the most important was when Martin was in the mid 30s - had we managed to keep hold of a couple of these (and battered with more intelligence) then the game may have been very different. Alas, we have to learn from these mistakes and move on to two very important fixtures against Lakenheath and Braintree and we have to be collectively better to have any chance of winning those games.

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Batting
Player Name RunsMB4s6sSRCtStRo
1nb 2b  
for 10 wickets

(35.4 overs)
George Foster ct D Brett b A Simmons 41 69 5 59.42
Alfie Foster b S Whitehart 8 10 2 80.0
Sam Foster b B Hyett 33 31 4 106.45
Alistair Wood b B Hyett 0 3 0
Richard Pickford lbw b A Simmons 4 10 40.0
Jamie McGrath ct S Martin b A Simmons 18 50 1 1 36.00
Ross Taylor ct D Brett b A Simmons 0 4 0
Michael Griffin run out J Amos 21 21 1 2 100
Ben McGrath ct & b B Hyett 7 6 1 116.67
Henry Hunter b B Hyett 0 6 0
Nathan Smith Not Out  1 5 20.0

Sudbury Second XI Bowling

Player nameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
S Whitehart5.0021121.004.20
D Soborg7.003800.005.43
B Hyett13.0144411.003.38
A Simmons10.413147.752.91

Sudbury Second XI Batting
Player name RMB4s6sSR
2nb 1w 4b 1lb 
for 5 wickets
137 (43.3 overs)
Steve Martin ct G Foster 54 100 9 54.00
Alex Quin b B McGrath 2 7 28.57
Christopher Cook lbw b H Hunter 4 18 1 22.22
Matt Griffin b H Hunter 0 2 0
Dale Brett ct R Taylor b N Smith 50 97 8 1 51.55
Jonathan Amos Not Out  10 21 2 47.62
Stuart Whitehart Not Out  9 18 1 50.0
Alfie Lawrence  
Andrew Simmons  
Dan Soborg  
Ben Hyett  

East Bergholt Cricket Club Two Counties First XI Bowling

Player NameOversMaidensRunsWicketsAverageEconomy
Ben McGrath13.0231131.002.38
Henry Hunter7.021427.002.00
Jamie McGrath5.001700.003.40
Sam Foster9.313200.003.37
Ross Taylor5.002800.005.60
Nathan Smith4.021025.002.50

  • Umpire :
  • Scorer :
    Alan Rogers