SUFFOLK skipper Justin Bishop has the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy quarter-finals in his sights as Bury St Edmunds’ Victory Ground prepares to host a “winner-takes-all” match on Sunday (11am).
Cambridgeshire are set to be the visitors to Bury for a Group Four clash against Suffolk, with the winner guaranteed a spot in the last eight of the 50-over competition and a chance of reaching the showpiece at Lord’s later in the summer.
County Upper School teacher Bishop, who is also captain of Bury, will be joined by club team-mates Tom Huggins and Scott Harvey for the match.
“It’s a massive game,” said Bishop. “You work hard all winter for games like this, where it really means something.
“That’s not to say the others don’t mean anything, but you want a winner-takes-all match like this to really get the juices flowing.”
Bishop and Huggins starred as Suffolk defeated Norfolk at Horsford’s Manor Park on Sunday to keep their hopes alive of a place in the quarter-finals.
Huggins opened with a fine knock of 78 before Bishop took over with 10 fours and a six in his unbeaten 98 as Suffolk set their marker down with 263-3.
In reply, Norfolk lost their openers by the time the scoreboard had reached 14, but recovered to still be in with a shout at 162-4.
However, the last six wickets fell for 48 runs, with Bishop weighing in with 2-25.
“We always said we would like to get to Lord’s – we always aim for the top,” added Bishop. “We set up our pre-season training around one-day skills rather than three-day because it comes first. We feel we have a squad good enough to get to Lord’s.”
n Before Sunday’s county assignment, Bishop will lead his Bury St Edmunds team out at Horsford on Saturday (11am).
After Saffron Walden ended their unbeaten start to the East Anglian Premier League season, Bury will be looking to get straight back to winning ways.
Bishop said: “I think Horsford are there for the taking.
“They have two or three stand out players, but they are certainly a team we can beat.”
Former Kent bowler Phil Edwards looks set to return from a hamstring injury, while fellow right-arm seamer Ethan Wright could also be recalled. Essex bowler Chris Wright is a doubt once again.