Suffolk wrap up victory against Bedfordshire
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Suffolk finished off the job, after a dominant first two days, by bowling out Bedfordshire to clinch victory by 163 runs in their Minor Counties Championship match at The Victory Ground, Bury St Edmunds, today.
The hosts had set a target of 507 for an unlikely Bedfordshire victory, and they stayed patient to dismiss the visitors for 343 on the final day to earn 23 points for their success.
Resuming on their overnight score of 41 for two, after Kyran Young had grabbed two late wickets, Beds were soon in trouble as Suffolk took another quickfire brace in the early morning session to leave their opponents tottering on 42 for four.
Tom Rash, who had taken six wickets in the first innings, trapped Jack Keeping leg before, while Michael Comber ensnared opener Ben Coddington caught-and-bowled for 24.
Sam Johnson had offered the only resistance during Bedfordshire’s first innings, contributing 48 not out in a meagre total of 105, but he became the third victim of Frinton captain Young, dismissed lbw for 28 to leave the total on 84 for five.
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After these early triumphs, Suffolk then had to dig deep as skipper Andy Reynoldson and Drew Brierly rallied with a superb partnership of 161 for the sixth wicket, before Jake Foley managed to have Reynoldson caught by wicketkeeper Adam Mansfield for 70. That was the key moment.
Reynoldson had stuck around to face 181 balls, but his departure was soon followed by two more dismissals to leave Bedfordshire on 255 for eight.
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There was a sting in the tail, Brierly benefiting from good support from No. 10 Liam Everitt, who made 29 before captain Mansfield had him stumped off Foley.
Brierly was left marooned at the other end, finishing on 152 not out (off 267 balls) when Rash appropriately wrapped up the victory by having Mohammad Younas Ahmadzai trapped lbw.