Sadler returns for Suffolk

JOHN Sadler returns to the Suffolk side for tomorrow’s Minor Counties KO Trophy match away to Norfolk.

Sadler, the former Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire all-rounder, was unavailable for the five-wicket win against Lincolnshire at Ipswich School a fortnight ago that followed defeat at Berkshire in their opening Group 4 game.

He replaces Hassan Adnan as the only change to the side as Suffolk travel to Manor Park, home of Horsford, for the 50 overs-a-side contest, starting at 11am.

Suffolk skipper Justin Bishop said: “John Sadler has been brought into the team to score runs and offer lots of encouragement in the field. He is a superb fielder with a great pair of hands. Hassan did well in the last game, but John scored 140 at Berkshire.

“We know that if we win both our remaining group games we will qualify, so that is what we are aiming to do.

“Lincolnshire are always a fairly strong side, so it was a really good result against them, and we showed our true colours.”

Bury St Edmunds batsman Scott Harvey made his debut in the match against Lincs, although he was not required to bat, but Bishop was full of praise for him.

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“He has got a real energy about him and is not intimidated by anything. He is the kind of character we need in the team,” said Bishop.

The Norfolk side are well-known to Suffolk as their players, like most of the Suffolk side, compete in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League.

Bishop said: “That does give the game an extra edge. The wicket at Horsford always turns and they have got Chris Brown and George Walker in their side who are both quality spinners, so we will have to be on the top of our game.”

Suffolk’s final group game is against Cambridgeshire at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, June 5.

Suffolk: T Huggins, B France, M Cull, J Sadler, C Warn (wkt), J Bishop (capt), C Swallow, S Harvey, J Finch, B Stephens, M Osborne.

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