Suffolk have it all to do on final day
SUFFOLK have it all to do if they are to achieve victory in their Minor Counties Championship match against Staffordshire at Knypersley today.
The visitors trail by 62 runs with eight second-innings wickets still standing, and the odds are on either Staffordshire going on to win this penultimate Eastern Division game of the season or Suffolk batting resolutely to earn a draw.
They will have to make a better fist of it today than at the start of their second innings yesterday, after Staffordshire declared on 321 for nine - a lead of 75 - allowing themselves an hour to try to make inroads into Suffolk’s line-up.
Tom Huggins was dismissed second ball and Martyn Cull also departed two balls later - both lbw to Greg Willott - and it could have been worse if Hassan Adnan had been caught in the slips off the last ball of the second over.
Adnan survived and bad light meant the teams came off half-an-hour early with Suffolk 13 for two and with a long day’s graft ahead on today’s final day.
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Staffordshire, resuming on 54 for one - 192 runs behind Suffolk’s first innings total - wasted no time in setting about the visitors’ attack.
Tim Maxfield blasted his way to 94 off 88 balls before he perished in the 27th over of the innings caught and bowled in Tom Huggins’ first over. Maxfield’s aggressive hitting saw him strike ten fours and clear the ropes six times in a stand of 120 with Kadeer Ali.
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Atiq-ur-Rehman Chishti lasted five balls before he was bowled by Chris Swallow, and Kadeer Ali’s 205-ball vigil came to an end off the first ball of the 72nd over. By then he had scored 105 (11 fours and one six) and added 119 for the fourth wicket with Peter Wilshaw.
Justin Bishop removed Ben McGuire, caught on the mid-wicket boundary, and Paul Goodwin, held at mid-wicket to leave Staffordshire 272 for six in the 80th over.
Paul Byrne got a leading edge and was caught in the covers, Wilshaw was run out by a direct hit from cover by Sasha Ward and Huggins held a second return catch low to his right to account for Imran Arif as the home team ended four runs short of maximum batting points.
First innings (continued from 54 for 1): K Ali c Swallow b Bishop 105, T Maxfield c & b Huggins 94, Atiq-ur-Rehman-Chishti b Swallow 0, P Wilshaw run out 55, B McGuire c Shepperson b Bishop 8, P Goodwin c Cull b Bishop 4, P Byrne c Craddock b Huggins 15, Imran Arif c & b Huggins 10, G Willott not out 14, C Barker not out 3. Extras 13. Total (for 9 wkts dec, 90 overs) 321.
Fall: 2-120, 3-125, 4-244, 5-259, 6-272, 7-291, 8-297, 9-310.
Bowling: Bishop 25-3-108-4; France 7-1-30-0; Craddock 7-1-38-0; Swallow 27-6-66-1; Huggins 24-1-68-3.
First innings: 246 for 6 dec (B France 106, M Cull 54).
Second innings: T Huggins lbw b Willott 0, B France not out 4, M Cull lbw b Willott 0, H Adnan not out 3. Extras 6.Total (for 2 wkts, 7 overs) 13.
Fall: 0-1, 0-2.
Bowling: Willott 4-2-2-2; Barker 3-0-5-0.
Staffordshire 5pts, Suffolk 6pts