Suffolk Cup reaches its climax

WHO’S up for the cup?

An exciting day’s cricket is in store as the Suffolk King IPA Suffolk Cup reaches its climax on Sunday.

Holders Bury St Edmunds, who have won the trophy five times in the last six years, were eliminated in the early rounds of this year’s tournament, which has again been run as a Twenty20 competition following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

The format was changed after interest in the old 50-over-a-side – it used to be 60-overs in its early years – waned, with teams now wearing coloured clothing and using a pink ball in the finals.

The victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, which has traditionally staged the finals day, will host Sunday’s semi-finals and finals.

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Mildenhall, who currently top the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, will face Woolpit, one of the emerging clubs in Suffolk cricket in the semi-final to be played on the main square.

Sudbury, who have enjoyed a successful first year in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, will take on recent winners Exning in the other semi-final on the second pitch.

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Both matches will get under way at 10.30am, with the final taking place on the main square 30 minutes after the Plate final between the two losing semi-finalists. It is intended to complete the competition on the day even if overs have to be reduced.

Simon Edgar, of sponsors Greene King, said: “We are delighted to sponsor this competition. Last year’s Twenty20 format was a big hit with all involved. We look forward to a terrific day’s cricket.”

Refreshments will be available and it is planned to run a barbecue in addition to the bar being open in the clubhouse. An added attraction will be Greene king IPA available at �1.50 per pint and any spectator who catches a ball having carried the boundary will qualify for a free pint.

Cars will be allowed on the ground and entry will be via the gate at the far end of the car park area.

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