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Preview: Suffolk head to Berkshire in Unicorns KO Trophy quarter-final

Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield in action, keeping wicket. Picture: NICK GARNHAM

Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield in action, keeping wicket. Picture: NICK GARNHAM


The experience of losing to eventual winners Berkshire at the same stage should stand Suffolk in good stead in Sunday’s Unicorns KO Trophy Quarter-Final, writes Nick Garnham.

That’s the belief of Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield ahead of the last-eight tie against Oxfordshire at Banbury CC, start 11am.

Suffolk suffered a 65-run loss in the competition last season to Berkshire, who went on to lift the trophy following a four-wicket win in the final against Lincolnshire.

Mansfield said: “We are really looking forward to Sunday. Last year’s quarter-final final was a difficult day against Berkshire, who are a very good Minor County. However, I feel the experience from that game will help us when we go into Sunday’s game.

“It’s a great opportunity for us as a county to show what we are capable of. I know how well we can perform when we are at the top of our game and we just have to go out there and show it.

“We have quite a young squad this year which I feel is really exciting and we go into the game with confidence.”

Bury St Edmunds all-rounder Josh Cantrell is again ruled out after missing last weekend’s T20 double-header against Hertfordshire at Harpenden with a hand injury.

Sudbury’s Billy Moulton-Day will return to the side after sitting out last Sunday’s back-to-back group games with a groin injury, provided he comes through Saturday’s game at Swardeston unscathed.

Suffolk will not know until late on Saturday whether ex-Kent all-rounder Adam Ball, who missed both the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire encounters through work commitments, is available.

However, Kyran Young is back after being unavailable last Sunday while Darren Ironside is included in the 13-man squad for the first time this season.

The all-rounder scored a match-winning 125 not out against Bedfordshire at Flitwick in the final Unicorns Championship match of last season to steer Suffolk to a three-wicket win.

Suffolk squad: Jaik Mickleburgh, Jake Foley, Alex Oxley, Darren Batch, Kyran Young, Ben Shepperson, Tom Rash, Adam Mansfield (wkt & capt), James Poulson, Jack Beaumont, Adam Ball, Darren Ironside, Billy Moulton-Day.

Shrewsbury Town chief executive Brian Caldwell has ruled out Paul Hurst returning to the club following his recent sacking by Ipswich Town.

More than 500 tickets have been donated for Ipswich Town’s home game against West Brom next Friday evening after one small act of kindness gained online momentum.

Toto Nsiala may currently find himself on the fringes of the Ipswich Town first-team but the central defender continues to make an impact off the field each and every week.

We’ve ranked the home kits of all 24 Championship teams. So who comes out on top?

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

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