McGarry may be back next year

ANDREW McGarry gave Suffolk cricket a further boost yesterday by revealing he could be back playing Minor Counties cricket in 2008.After two highly-successful years with Suffolk he signed a one-year contract with Essex in May before damaging a hand which put him out for the season.

By Elvin King

ANDREW McGarry gave Suffolk cricket a further boost yesterday by revealing he could be back playing Minor Counties cricket in 2008.

After two highly-successful years with Suffolk he signed a one-year contract with Essex in May before damaging a hand which put him out for the season.

The 25-year-old played in the earlier rounds of this season's Minor Counties Knock-Out Trophy and watched Suffolk beat Cheshire at Lord's in the final on Monday.


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He said: “I was happy playing for Suffolk and running my own business.

“This is what looks as though it might happen next year. I hope so.”

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Suffolk secretary Toby Pound spoke of the improvement to Suffolk cricket since Kevin Brooks became director of cricket in 1998 and Andy Brown became coach in 2001.

He said: “We have moved up several notches to be where we are now - envied by most in our level of the game.

“We set out to enjoy a fantastic day out yesterday and to win a game of cricket. We achieved both.”

While Suffolk's 11 players enjoyed a wonderful day they will never forget, Nick Lee and Phil Edwards were left out of the original squad of 13.

It was a bitter pill to swallow as chances to play at Lord's come few and far between, and Lee has good memories of Lord's having scored a century on his previous visit playing for Cambridge UCCE.

Suffolk's leading run-getter in the Minor Counties Championship this season said: “You can say I was pretty disappointed.

“But at the end of the day a decision was made and you have to go along with it.

“It was important that the team won, and I must do my best to ensure it doesn't happen to me again.”

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