Suffolk cricketer Michael Comber feels team let themselves down in Berkshire defeat

Michael Comber bowling for Suffolk against Berkshire in the Unicorns Trophy on Sunday. Photograph: N

Michael Comber bowling for Suffolk against Berkshire in the Unicorns Trophy on Sunday. Photograph: Nick Garnham - Credit: Archant

All-rounder Michael Comber said one of the county’s top-order batsmen needed to score a century if Suffolk were to stand a chance of progressing in this season’s Unicorns Trophy.

Suffolk suffered a 65-run loss to Berkshire at Falkland CC in Newbury on Sunday to end their interest in this season’s one-day competition, after reaching the quarter-finals for the first time in three years.

Berkshire amassed 309 for nine off their allotted 50 overs, with Richard Morris top-scoring with 125, including 11 fours and three sixes, from just 105 deliveries. It was a match-winning innings.

Comber was the most successful Suffolk bowler, claiming four for 64 off his ten overs, while Jake Wakelin and Kyran Young picked up two wickets apiece.

Suffolk’s middle order trio of Mildenhall’s Ben Shepperson (53), Sudbury’s Darren Batch (37) and Comber, who had struck a century for Frinton the day before, kept Suffolk in contention.

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But the loss of Tom Rash to end a 45-run partnership with Comber left the visitors on 230 for six, and sparked a collapse which saw Suffolk’s last five wickets fall for just 15 runs.

Comber was seventh man out for 63 after striking eight fours and two sixes.

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Former Bury St Edmunds captain Comber said afterwards: “It was very disappointing to come this far in the competition and, as a whole group, I feel we let ourselves down a little bit.

“I think we battled back well towards the end.

“But we definitely gave away too many runs in the field which eventually cost us the game.

“Obviously they played very well, but when we look back one of their players scored 125, so for us to win the game we needed one of our top five or six to do the same job and go all the way through.

“It was a very good wicket and a very fast outfield.

“But I certainly think we just lost wickets in clusters at awkward stages of the game.

“When myself and Rashie (Tom Rash) were at the crease if we could have taken it deeper to maybe the 45th over and gone for a big finish from there we might have stood a better chance.”

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