Caley to decide on future as captain

PHIL Caley confirmed last night that he will decide whether to carry on as Suffolk skipper over the next few days.The 44-year-old will talk to his wife and to Suffolk chairman Norman Atkins before making his decision.

By Elvin King

PHIL Caley confirmed last night that he will decide whether to carry on as Suffolk skipper over the next few days.

The 44-year-old will talk to his wife and to Suffolk chairman Norman Atkins before making his decision.

“If Norman wants me to carry on I will hopefully be in a position to do so,” said Caley, who made his county debut in 1982.


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He said that his declaration was just about right in the draw at Lincolnshire yesterday despite his bowlers running out of time.

“In hindsight if I had known my bowlers were going to bowl better than they did in the first innings I would have called a halt earlier.

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“But I think I got it about right as we were denied by two good appeals than were turned down.

“I would liked to have set Lincolnshire 50 overs or so to get 250, but it did not work out that way.

“I was proud of the lads on the last day and they bowled and caught very well. It was a good work-out for Lord's.”

SUFFOLK have named a 13-strong squad for Monday's Minor Counties Championship Knock-Out Trophy final at Lord's against Cheshire.

It is the 11 who were on duty in the three-day match that ended in Grantham yesterday, plus Essex first team coach Paul Grayson and Bury St Edmunds left-handed batsman Tobias Hembry. A decision on the final team will be made on Sunday when the players meet up for a training session at the Lord's indoor nets and then stay in a nearby hotel overnight.

SUFFOLK are having a warm-up tonight before Monday's final at Lord's.

A Suffolk XI is playing a Norfolk XI at Vauxhall Mallards as part of a Floodlit Festival of Cricket organised by former Norfolk and Derbyshire player Roger Finney.

The match will be 40-overs a side and is scheduled to start at 4.45pm. Phil Caley, Tom Huggins, Chris Swallow and Justin Bishop will be missing from the regular Suffolk side, with Tobias Hembry and Bury St Edmunds' South African bowler Andrew Tweedie set to play.

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