A ‘fun-filled day’ awaits spectators at Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club when they host the Minor Counties East T20 Tournament tomorrow, writes Nick Garnham.
The Victory Ground is hosting the inaugural staging of the four-team event.
Suffolk face Cambridgeshire at 10am, followed by Bedfordshire versus Norfolk at 1.30pm. The two winners will meet in the final at 5pm.
Bury St Edmunds skipper Mike Comber, who is expected to be a key figure for Suffolk, played two Twenty/20 matches for Essex prior to his release in 2012.
“It should be a fun-filled day,” he said. “It is an exciting format that everyone enjoys.
“It will be even more exciting for the guys who have not previously experienced playing in coloured clothing along with the power plays and fielding restrictions.
“Most cricketers would say it is the most exciting form of the game because of the shorter format and the fact there is always a result.
“It is exciting as a player because at club and Minor Counties level you don’t really get the chance to practise T20 skills, as when you net you work on your basics, either bowling line and length or batting properly, so it is interesting to see if players can successfully adapt.”
Suffolk Under-17 captain Josh Cantrell, who plays for Woolpit, will make his debut for Suffolk.
Admission is free and a bar and food will be available.
Suffolk will be hoping for a better showing than in the three-day Unicorns Championship fixture against Northumberland earlier this week.After winning their opening match, Suffolk came crashing back down to earth.
Northumberland made 334-9 declared before bowling out Suffolk for 169 and enforcing the follow-on. Suffolk were dismissed for 136 to lose by an innings and 29 runs.
Suffolk squad: T Huggins (capt), J Wakelin, M Comber, D Batch, B Parker, J Beaumont, J Cantrell, T Rash, A Mansfield (wkt), N Poole, M Wareing. 12th man: S Webb-Snowling.