Suffolk face Hertfordshire in friendly

Tom Huggins, who top-scored with 50 for Suffolk against Essex 2nd XI

Tom Huggins, who top-scored with 50 for Suffolk against Essex 2nd XI

SUFFOLK have named a 13-man squad to take on Hertfordshire on Sunday as they step up their preparations for the new season.

Suffolk lost by 177 runs against Essex 2nd XI in the county’s annual pre-season opener at Billericay last Sunday.

The same players have been named for Sunday’s match at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, when eleven players will field and eleven will bat to maximise the opportunity for all those involved.

Mark Lawson, the 27-year-old leg spinner who has had spells with Yorkshire, Middlesex, Derbyshire and Kent, was originally named in the squad last weekend but was a late withdrawal.

He is again included along with Archie Ogden, the 18-year-old left-arm seamer from Rotherham CC, the former club of Suffolk coach Simon Guy. Ogden took two wickets against Essex.

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The match against Hertfordshire should provide a good test for Suffolk ahead of their opening Minor Counties KO Trophy group game of the season, against Shropshire at Ipswich School on Sunday, May 5.

Suffolk are in the same group as Shropshire, Wiltshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

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Sunday’s match starts at 11am.

Suffolk squad: J Bishop (capt), T Huggins, S Guy, C Swallow, M Cull, S Rees, A Mansfield (wkt), T Rash, S Ward, M Hunn, B Shepperson, M Lawson, A Ogden.

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