Caley closing in on county run record

SUFFOLK skipper Phil Caley needs 50 more runs to become Suffolk's all-time highest run scorer.The 45-year-old showed that age is no barrier as he raced to a splendid 83 to put him within 49 runs of Simon Clements' record Suffolk Minor Counties run haul of 9,219.

Elvin King

SUFFOLK skipper Phil Caley needs 50 more runs to become Suffolk's all-time highest run scorer.

The 45-year-old showed that age is no barrier as he raced to a splendid 83 to put him within 49 runs of Simon Clements' record Suffolk Minor Counties run haul of 9,219.

Yesterday was Caley's 334th Championship innings for his county having made his debut in 1982. Clements achieved his tally in 338 innings.

On a ground where he once scored a century in each innings for his county Caley took command of the batting from the start, breaking a pavilion window with one driven straight six. He also hit 15 fours.

Caley has often been accused of batting himself too low, but he came in up the order at number six yesterday and although he survived one life when on 11 - dropped at mid-wicket - he took the game to the opposition from the start featuring in important stands with first Chris Warn and then Chris Swallow.

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With the likelihood of one more innings in this game, the man who led Suffolk to Knock-Out Cup glory at Lord's last August is in the form to create his own piece of Suffolk history perhaps today, and a record that will surely never be broken.

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