Suffolk can end long wait for glory

TITLE QUEST: Suffolk captain Justin Bishop has backed his side to lift the Unicorns Knockout Trophy
TITLE QUEST: Suffolk captain Justin Bishop has backed his side to lift the Unicorns Knockout Trophy

Justin Bishop has backed 
Suffolk to end their long wait for Unicorns Knockout 
Trophy glory as they aim seal top spot in Group Two.

A four-wicket success over Bedfordshire on Sunday clinched a third straight win to see Suffolk lead the way in their group and guarantee a quarter-final tie, which will take place on June 15.

The incentive now is for Suffolk to finish the group top in order to avoid possible daunting trips to Devon, Dorset or Wiltshire in the next round, which will be assured if defeat can be avoided away at rivals Norfolk tomorrow (11am).

“It has really been a fantastic start to the season and what we really want is to guarantee we get that home leg for the quarter-finals, that is our main aim,” said the county’s captain. “We didn’t qualify last year and, if I’m honest, we rarely have over recent years.

“I know we haven’t won it since 2007 so it would great to finally end that wait.

“We have had contributions from all over the group, it has been a real team effort.

“The batting order has been firing and our spinning attack has been key in games, it has kept the opposition tied down and worked really well.

“Everyone is working really hard and the feeling around the team is really positive.

“Sunday will be a big game and with it being a derby there is that extra added incentive to win.

“They need to win to keep their hopes of qualifying alive and we always want to beat our rivals so it should be a really good game.”

Bishop believes the one key difference to Suffolk’s upturn in fortunes this year is the self belief throughout the entire camp, which he feels stand them in good stead to regain the title they last won in 2007.

“There is definitely the self belief that we can do that and I think it is our team ethic that has seen us not only through the group but could see go all the way.

“Self belief will be the key.

“We are in a bit of a winning habit and we need to build on that.

“I definitely believe we can win it, I can’t see why not.”

n Suffolk’s Bury players Bishop, Tom Huggins and Simon Rees will be aiming to secure a first win in the East Anglian Premier League this season when they host Cambridge Granta tomorrow (11am).

Out of their four games they have lost one, drawn two and seen the other cancelled.