Comber takes three wickets as Suffolk beat Norfolk

Michael Comber, who took two wickets for Suffolk against Lincolnshire. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Michael Comber, who took two wickets for Suffolk against Lincolnshire. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Suffolk cleaned up in super-quick time to secure a crushing victory over rivals Norfolk in a one-sided Minor Counties Championship clash at Copdock today.

Norfolk trailed by 30 runs at the start of yesterday’s third and final day, with just four second innings wickets in tact, and they failed even to make their hosts bat again.

From their overnight troubles of 105 for six, when three late wickets from Josh Cantrell had done the damage, Norfolk added just 19 more runs before being bowled out for a paltry 124.

It took Suffolk just 8.1 overs to finish off the job, this morning, with Ollie Bocking rounding off an impressive debut by taking the important wicket of front-line batsman Will Rogers, before his new ball partner Michael Comber took the final three wickets.

Suffolk therefore completed a victory by an innings and two runs, having dominated the match throughout.

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On day one, they had reduced their opponents to 189 for nine before Norfolk recovered to 259 for nine, still a below-par total for the pitch and the conditions.

Jaik Mickleburgh spearheaded Suffolk’s big reply of 385 for nine on day two, the former Essex man hitting 111 after putting on 175 for the first wicket with captain Adam Mansfield (70).

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That gave the home side a healthy lead of 126, and in the end that proved sufficient to see off Norfolk without having to bat again themselves.

Former Ipswich School pupil Bocking had removed two of the top three batsmen on Monday night, in Sam Arthurton and Tom New, while Cantrell dismissed Ben France, Matt Blint and Ashley Watson.

Rogers was 25 not out overnight, but he only added one more run before Bocking had him caught by Darren Ironside.

It was then Comber who took over. The Frinton all-rounder trapped captain Chris Brown (7) leg before, and then had Andrew Hanby caught by wicketkeeper Mansfield for a third-ball duck.

Comber completed the win by bowling Brett Stolworthy, who had hit 23 off 37 balls in a late flurry.

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