Suffolk on verge of victory

TREVOR Smith claimed six wickets during the second day of the final Minor Counties Championship fixture of the season, to leave Suffolk on the verge of victory against Hertfordshire.

TREVOR Smith claimed six wickets during the second day of the final Minor Counties Championship fixture of the season, to leave Suffolk on the verge of victory against Hertfordshire.

Once again, Suffolk completely dominated at the Victory Ground, near Bury St Edmunds, forcing the visitors to follow on a massive 190 runs adrift.

And Hertfordshire lost four of their second innings wickets before play was halted just before 7pm, due to bad light, to leave them still trailing by 107 runs with six wickets in tact.

Suffolk will hope to wrap up the win this morning, without having to bat again, although Dan Blacktopp has to date put up some resistance with an unbeaten innings of 55.


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Smith ran through the Hertfordshire first innings to claim figures of five for 47 from 14.5 overs. Four of his five victims were clean bowled. He also took one of the four second innings wickets to fall, in the gathering gloom.

Suffolk had built the foundations for victory on day one, by posting an impressive total of 364 for the loss of just two wickets, thanks to unbeaten centuries from Martyn Cull and Hassan Adnan, and 91 from Ben France.

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Demoralised after a long day in the field, for very little reward, Hertfordshire had stumbled to 26 for two at the close.

Their biggest hope of survival was the weather, but not even a delayed start until 1.40pm due to the wet conditions could help them.

Suffolk made quick and regular inroads into the Hertfordshire reply. Only overnight batsman Ryce Wynne (46) threatened to build a commanding innings, until he became one of Justin Bishop's two victims to leave the score at 102 for five.

Wynne shared a fifth wicket partnership of 42 with Aaron Laraman, and that proved to be the biggest of the day.

Smith ran through the tail and Suffolk skipper Phil Caley enforced the follow-on. The visitors fared no better at the start of the second innings.

Andrew McGarry had taken two early wickets at the end of the opening day, and the former Essex fast obliged again by dismissing opener Gary Brown for a duck and danger-man Wynne for six.

Smith and Bishop also weighed in with a couple of quickfire wickets to ensure that Hemish Ilangaratine and Jamie Southgate also failed to reach double figures.

Hertfordshire inched from 56 to 83 for four at the close, with Blacktopp enjoying some good support from Nick Lamb.

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