SUFFOLK all-rounder Tom Rash has backed his side to lift the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy after their dramatic last ball two-wicket victory over Shropshire secured a quarter-final berth.
In their final Group Two match away at the Shifnal, chasing 219 set by the hosts, Bury’s chances of claiming victory looked slim, when they lost their eighth wicket, Chris Swallow, in the 47th over, still needing 39 runs for victory.
This brought Rash to the crease alongside Simon Rees and after a steady innings in the final three overs, Bury still needed four runs from the final ball for victory.
The moment was set for Rees to become a hero and he duly accepted, crashing the final ball through the legside to clinch the most unlikely of victories and progression through to the knockout stages.
“It was incredibly tense going into that last delivery,” admitted Rash, reflecting on standing at the other end of the crease.
“When Simon hit that last ball long everything just seemed to stop and go quiet, but you could see it going for a four.
“It was a great feeling and a massive relief, Simon’s was the heroic performance amongst a great team effort.
“Winning it with the last ball is definitely not the way I would chosen to win, we were not favourites to win at that point and it was just a huge relief to come through with a victory.”
The dramatic victory sees Suffolk top their group and sets up an away tie with, as of yet, un-confirmed opponent.
Despite not knowing who they will face in the next stage, Rash has backed the team to go all the way and lift the title.
“It gives us the momentum going forward into the quarter-finals, we have an away tie but we don’t know who against just yet.
“I believe we now have a definite chance of winning the competition and we will definitely be going out to win it.
“We have experienced players who have been together for a long time so there is no reason why we can’t win it.”