Suffolk can avenge Trophy defeat to secure final spot

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE stand in the way of Suffolk and a place in the final of the Minor Counties Championship.

Suffolk, who shared the title with Cheshire in 2005, were knocked out of the MCCA Trophy – the one-day competition for Minor Counties – by Cambs earlier this summer.

And Cambridgeshire top the Eastern Division of the three-day competition, with Suffolk just four points behind in second with two matches to play.

That means the county’s clash with Hertfordshire at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, from Sunday, August 21, to Tuesday, August 23, could decide whether or not Suffolk reach the final.

Suffolk – who are coached by Bury St Edmunds’ Bob Flack – recorded one of their biggest ever victories by seeing off Northumberland by 328 runs this week.

Hasan Adnan made 236 not out, a record individual score for Suffolk, while Bury’s Justin Bishop and Tom Huggins played strong supporting roles.

Bishop, who is also captain of Bury, was bowled for a duck in his county’s first innings and made 26 in the second.

However, he had some success with the ball, taking 3-84 in total as Northumberland were twice bowled out for 179.

Huggins made 14 and 27 with the bat, before spinning his way to total figures of 2-14 in the seven overs he bowled across the three days.

Suffolk’s next match is at Norfolk, from August 7, and a win there would hand them an excellent chance of making it to the final.

However, should Cambridgeshire win their two remaining matches, they will qualify for the Minor Counties three-day showpiece.

n Bishop’s Bury St Edmunds side visit the East Anglian Premier League’s bottom team, Norwich, tomorrow (11am).