Suffolk skipper Justin Bishop believes his side can bounce back from their recent disappointments this weekend.
The Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, scene of Suffolk’s Unicorns Knockout Trophy quarter-final exit to Devon on Sunday, will stage the three-day Minor Counties Championship match against Cumberland from Sunday until Tuesday (11am every day).
The 138-run Devon defeat came on the back of a frustrating opening championship match of the season away to Bedfordshire, when Suffolk had to settle for a draw.
Suffolk were bowled out for just 140 on Sunday in response to the visitors’ 278 for seven, which saw slow left-armer Joe Ellis Grewell record figures of 10-0-42-6.
Bury St Edmunds all-rounder Bishop said: “I think it is fair to say that we were beaten by a better team on Sunday.
“We were happy with our bowling performance, especially Joe’s.
“He continues to get better every game he plays for us, and fully deserved his six-wicket haul. “He has a big future for Suffolk.
“We felt Devon’s score was about par on a good Victory Ground pitch, but in order to chase that we needed to keep wickets in hand.
“Unfortunately, their seam attack bowled with real pace and swing, and the loss of early wickets meant we struggled.
“The lads were very disappointed, but we must take what positives we can and channel our energies into the three-day competition.”
In Suffolk’s opening championship match Bedfordshire recovered in their first innings from 159-7 to reach 248 all out.
Bishop reflected: “The Bedfordshire three-day game was frustrating, and having bowled very well in the first innings, our attack struggled to get the final wicket.
“Beds’ No 11 struck the ball very well, and we have to accept that, in Minor Counties cricket, teams regularly bat all the way down now.
“If Joe Ellis-Grewel got 50 for Suffolk batting at 11, no-one would be surprised.
“Other teams are entitled to play well against us.
“Getting some decent bonus points out of the draw keeps us in the hunt.
“It is not an ideal start, but we drew our first game last year, and then remained in with a shout of the championship right until the final hours of the last game.
“We all remain upbeat, and have a fantastic belief in each other’s abilities.
“Hopefully we will be able to turn this belief into a positive result this weekend.”
Bury St Edmunds bowler Tom Robotham comes into the side for his first match of the season
Suffolk: J Bishop (capt), T Huggins, S Guy (wkt), M Comber, M Cull, S Ward, T Rash, A Mansfield, J Ellis-Grewell, J Poulson, T Robotham.