Suffolk's cricketers bid to defy weather

SUFFOLK will be fielding an unchanged side when they play their final Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division match of the season against Lincolnshire at Grantham.

By Elvin King

SUFFOLK will be fielding an unchanged side when they play their final Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division match of the season against Lincolnshire at Grantham.

Their opponents are bottom of the table and Suffolk will fancy their chances.

And if they collect the maximum 24 points on offer - or close to it - they will have a chance of topping the table.


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But this will depend on other results going their way, with Norfolk and Cambridgeshire needing to be overtaken.

Norfolk visit Staffordshire, while Cambridgeshire are also on their travels with a trip to Cumberland.

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Suffolk have won both three-day games this season that have not been affected by rain, and skipper Phil Caley is well aware of this.

He said: “We are in the lap of the gods with a poor forecast this weekend.

“We will be going all out to win and gain maximum points - and then see where that leaves us.

“Our coach Andy Brown will ensure we have no illusions of grandeur, with our Lord's one-day final just over a week away.

“It will be nice if the lads can show some form against Lincolnshire, but the one-day game is a different animal.”

Suffolk scored 375 runs to beat Buckinghamshire on the final day of their previous match, and this will have given them a lift going into tomorrow's contest.

Lincolnshire have lost two and drawn two of their Championship games with the other being abandoned.

“The weather has meant that the table is not fully representative,” said Suffolk director of cricket Kevin Brooks.

“We know we are in for a difficult game, and Northumberland, who are at home to Bedfordshire, cannot be discounted for the title either.”

Suffolk meet Cheshire in the Knock-Out Cup final at Lord's on Bank Holiday Monday, August 27, and they will finalise their squad for their big day over the weekend.

It is expected to be 13-strong, with Essex coach Paul Grayson included.

Suffolk team: P Caley, T Huggins, B France, A Mawson, N Lee, C Swallow, C Warn, J Bishop, P King, P Edwards and M Smith.

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