Suffolk secure quarter-final place but Bury held to draw

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TOM RASH hit a four off the last ball as Suffolk secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Minor Counties Knockout Trophy with a dramatic two-wicket win over Shropshire.

After being put into bat first, Shropshire went on to score 219-8 from their 50 overs, with Mathew Nunn the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets.

Chasing 220, victory looked unlikely when Suffolk lost their eighth wicket still needing 39 runs but the introduction of Rash alongside Bury St Edmunds’ team mate Simon Rees, already on six, proved pivotal as the pair guided their side to the required runs, including the last-gasp boundary from Rash.

Rash was also in action a day previously, taking four wickets, as Bury St Edmunds claimed a general draw at home to Vauxhall Mallards in the East Anglian Premier League.

The visitors were put into bat at the Victory Ground and were all out for 206.

In response, Bury managed to score 197-9, with Justin Bishop scoring an impressive 72, but subsequently meant they fell just 10 runs short of victory.