Suffolk ready for season opener

SKIPPERING DUTIES: Sudbury's Adam Mansfield will captain Suffolk this year
SKIPPERING DUTIES: Sudbury's Adam Mansfield will captain Suffolk this year

Sudbury’s Adam Mansfield will lead Suffolk this weekend for the first time since being officially appointed as the county’s youngest captain.

The 25-year-old was confirmed as Suffolk’s 22nd permanent skipper last September in succession to Sudbury team-mate Tom Huggins, who has taken on a coaching role with Essex CCC.

Wicket-keeper Mansfield takes charge of the team for the county’s opening Unicorns Trophy one-day match against Hertfordshire on Sunday, April 23.

Suffolk have named a 12-man squad for the 50 overs-a-side fixture at North Mymms Cricket Club (11am).

Mansfield’s Sudbury team-mates Darren Batch and Ben Parker, who joined the club from Hadleigh during the off-season, are also included in the squad.

Ex-Essex batsman Jaik Mickleburgh, who will be playing as Suffolk’s professional this season, is poised to make his debut.

Darren Ironside, an all-rounder who plays for Essex League side Buckhurst Hill, is also included for the first time.

Suffolk squad: Darren Batch (Sudbury), Martyn Cull (Copdock & OI), Michael Comber (Frinton), Darren Ironside (Buckhurst Hill), Adam Mansfield (Sudbury), Dominic Manthorpe (Bury St Edmunds), Jaik Mickleburgh (Copdock & OI), Ben Parker (Sudbury), Tom Rash (Copdock & OI), Matt Salisbury, Jake Wakelin (Witham) and Matt Wareing (Copdock & OI).