Caley eyes up points - not run record

SUFFOLK skipper Phil Caley said “I would rather us win and I get nought” ahead of possibly breaking Simon Clements' county individual aggregate run record against Buckinghamshire this weekend.

Nick Garnham

SUFFOLK skipper Phil Caley said “I would rather us win and I get nought” ahead of possibly breaking Simon Clements' county individual aggregate run record against Buckinghamshire this weekend.

Caley led Suffolk into the three-day Minor Counties Championship match against Bucks at Ipswich School today requiring exactly 50 runs to become the county's all-time leading run-scorer in the Minor Counties Championship.

But the long-serving all-rounder is more concerned with Suffolk building on their emphatic innings and eight runs success against Cumberland at Ransomes Sports Ground in Ipswich a fortnight ago than individual records.


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Caley said of Clements' tally of 9,219 runs: “It seems to be bothering other people more than it is me! I would rather us win and I get nought because we want to keep our season alive and winning this match is more important than anything else.”

However, the 45-year-old admitted that if he did move ahead of Clements then Ipswich School, where they were both once pupils, would be a fitting venue to do so.

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“I think Clem would agree it would be a nice place for me to break the record as we both scored a lot of runs - and took a lot of wickets - when we were there at school.”

Suffolk have named an unchanged side from that which defeated Cumberland inside two days, with Martyn Cull holding his place at the expense of Nick Lee, who missed out due to an eye infection, and Andrew Mawson.

Caley said: “It is very difficult to change a team that has won by an innings and eight runs.

“It was a top effort last time - a very good all-round team performance. If we can get close to repeating that it will be a superb effort.”

Suffolk and Bucks sit joint third in the Eastern Division table on 30 points - just two points behind leaders Lincolnshire and one adrift of second-placed Cambridgeshire, with all four teams having played two of their six matches.

After seeing their opening match of the campaign against Bedfordshire at Dunstable abandoned without a ball being bowled, Suffolk know that a win over the next three days is imperative if they are to mount a serious assault on the title this season.

The match, which starts at 11am each day, is being sponsored by Lightfoot, O'Brien and Westcott solicitors and features a luncheon on Monday when England selector Geoff Miller is the guest speaker.

Suffolk: B France, T Huggins, M Cull, H Adnan, C Warn (wkt), P Caley (capt), C Swallow, J Bishop, S Rees, P King, A McGarry.

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