Intriguing final day in store

AN INTRIGUING final day’s play is in store in the Minor Counties Championship match at Bury St Edmunds.

Cambridgeshire will start the day requiring 203 for victory while Suffolk need to take all the visitors’ second innings’ wickets if they are to claim the win.

It promises to be an exciting day’s play in a match which has ebbed and flowed over the opening two days at the Victory Ground, 13 more wickets falling yesterday after the clatter of 17 on the opening day.

Suffolk took just 45 minutes to wrap up Cambridgeshire’s first innings when play resumed yesterday, the visitors extending their advantage to 32 runs.

Essex bowler Tony Palladino took the first of them in the same manner as his four dismissals on Sunday, and wicket-keeper Chris Warn also added a stumping to his five catches, while James Finch finished with four victims.

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Suffolk second innings made an inauspicious start, Ben France completing an unhappy match with the bat by falling leg before to the first ball of the second over to record a pair.

Tom Huggins and Martyn Cull both got a start but were unable to go on, Huggins being annoyed with himself after shouldering arms and being bowled.

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Hassan Adnan and Freddie Klokker came together in the 29th over and put together the highest stand of the match so far, adding 80 for the fourth wicket in 102 minutes before Adnan, whose share was 52, was bowled for 58.

His knock lasted 119 minutes and occupied 80 balls with seven fours, one of which was all run to third man.

Palladino struck the ball with some venom, scoring 43 from 77 deliveries with five fours and two sixes as opening bowler James Williams finished with six wickets to give him ten in the match.

Suffolk’s total of 244 left Cambridgeshire requiring 213 for victory, a target they reduced by ten without loss in the five overs before stumps.

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