SUNDAY’S Greene King Suffolk Cricket Cup at Bury St Edmunds’ Victory Ground, promises to be the most exciting and eagerly-competed ever.
This year’s finalists, Exning, Sudbury, Woolpit and Mildenhall, will all be aiming to claim the winners’ cup and with holders Bury St Edmunds, who have won the trophy for five of the last six years, beaten in the early rounds, all will entertain a realistic chance of winning.
Norman Atkins and Keith Cracknell made the draw for the Suffolk Cup at the Minor Counties game between Suffolk and Hertfordshire in midweek and the semi-final matches will see Mildenhall face Woolpit and Sudbury take on Exning.
Both semi-finals will take place at 10.30am with the losers then going on to compete in the plate final. Following that match the showpiece final on the main square of the Victory Ground will commence as the finalists will look to take Bury’s crown.
It will be the first time Mildenhall have competed in the Twenty20 format, but captain Steve Lankester is relishing the challenge as he spoke of the unpredictability of the tournament.
He said: “We are usually used to playing 50 overs and it will be the first time we have played in the Twenty20 format so it should be interesting.
“The results certainly won’t be as predictable as some of the 50-over matches, which is a good thing because it will make things a lot more exciting for everyone there. Any of the teams could win it.
“We will be taking a good strong side to the tournament so we are extremeley confident of competing well.”
Mildenhall’s semi-final opponents on the day Woolpit will be competing in the tournament for the first time in a umber of years and captain Andy Northcote is expecting excitement in each of the four matches.
He said: “We can’t wait for the tournament to begin. We will have a strong side and we are confident we can do well and hopefully go all the way.
“The preparation for the tournament has been difficult because we have only played the 20-over format once in the first round match so it should be interesting.
“It is extremely tactical, but a phenomenal format to see exciting matches and hopefully that will be the case in all four matches at the weekend.”
Suffolk’s final Minor Counties Championship match of the season, against Hertfordshire at the Victory Ground, was abandoned due to heavy rain.