Poulson praises his Suffolk team-mates for T20 display
James Poulson paid tribute to the performances of his Suffolk team-mates after the county kept alive their chances of qualifying for this season’s Unicorns Twenty20 Finals Day.
Suffolk recorded back-to-back victories over Bedfordshire in Sunday’s double-header at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, by one run and eight wickets respectively.
Poulson’s Sudbury team-mate Billy Moulton-Day held his nerve to take two wickets in the visitors’ last over, from which they needed 10 runs to win in the first match.
Jake Foley had earlier top-scored with 51 off 25 balls in Suffolk’s 172-8 off their 20 overs.
And Bury’s Josh Cantrell put in a good show as he hit 30 off 29 balls before bowling four overs.
Poulson said: “Jake Foley and Jaik Mickleburgh batted superbly well in the powerplay to put us in a really good position after the first six overs in the first match.
“If anything, we struggled in the middle overs as we should have got 200, but having been bowled out for 90 on a couple of occasions, it was important for us to post a competitive score.
“Tymal Mills, who brings so much experience to our bowling attack, also passes on advice to our other bowlers.
“Josh Cantrell bowled well, as did Foley before Moulton-Day bowled superbly in the last over to win it.”
Bedfordshire then collapsed to 23-8 in the second match recovering a little to 55 all out, as Poulson took 3-6.
Although Suffolk lost two early wickets, Mickleburgh (27 not out) and Darren Batch (23no) ensured an eight-wicket win with half of their overs unused.
“They came out expecting to get 180-200 in the second match like we had in the first match. If anything, the pitch had changed and was slower so scoring runs was harder,” added Poulson.
“Their batsmen didn’t adapt quickly enough and lost eight quick wickets which then put them on the back foot, and if it had not been for their No.10 they would have got even less.
“Mickleburgh and Batch were then very professional in their approach and got us home. The fact we knocked off the runs so quickly could be the difference between us qualifying from the group and not as net run-rate may be crucial.
“We needed to win both matches today and both matches against Hertfordshire at Harpenden next Sunday to give us a chance of going through – we can take a lot of confidence into those games.”
The two points leaves Suffolk in third place (of five) in Group 3, level on points with second-place Hertfordshire but Suffolk have played two more matches (six).
Cambridgeshire top the group after six matches with eight points accumulated (four wins), while Bedfordshire (four defeats from four) prop up the table with Norfolk (four points) are above them.