Victory awaits in historic tie

CONFIDENT MOOD: Suffolk vice captain Tom Huggins has backed his side to take one step closer to the Unicorns Knockout Trophy final
CONFIDENT MOOD: Suffolk vice captain Tom Huggins has backed his side to take one step closer to the Unicorns Knockout Trophy final
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Tom Huggins is targeting 
Unicorns Knockout Trophy glory ahead of the biggest Suffolk match at the Victory Ground in more than a decade.

Devon make the long trip to the Bury St Edmunds venue on Sunday for a quarter-final encounter as Suffolk look to take one step closer to the final of a competition they have not won since 2007.

And with either Cheshire or Herefordshire awaiting the victors in the next round, the vice-captain is confident home advantage will prove crucial against a somewhat unknown opponent.

“We know have the strength in depth to beat anyone and if we play as a unit we are definitely capable of winning,” he said. “Having that home advantage is always huge in terms of knowing the pitch, but more so because we are spared the travel.

“It would have been a four-to-five hour journey after a match on Saturday and then pretty much straight into the game, which isn’t nice, so we’ll be relatively fresh.

“I don’t think the Victory has staged a Suffolk game as big as this in my nine years playing and you would have to go back more than 10 years to find a bigger game — it should be a brilliant occasion .

“I don’t know much about Devon if I’m honest, but they appear to always be involved in later stages.

“However, we are as strong as anyone and I definitely feel we have a chance of winning the competition.

“The key for now is progressing past this round and, if we can perform as well as I know we can, we should progress.”

Suffolk head into the tie on the back of a promising draw away at Bedfordshire in their opening Unicorns Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division encounter.

The match saw impressive displays from a host of Bury St Edmunds players, including Michael Comber (103) and Suffolk captain Justin Bishop (63), with former Bury duo Tom Rash (51) and Josh Davey (43) also contributing strongly.

Sasha Ward and Russell Stockdale were also among the squad and, bar Ward, all have been named in Sunday’s squad — along with Bury wicketkeeper Adam Mansfield and ex-King Edward VI School pupil James Poulson.

Suffolk (from): Bishop, Huggins, Guy, Comber, Root, Rees, Rash, Estlea, Davey, Poulson, Swallow, Ellis-Grewell, Stockdale, Mansfield.