Suffolk’s T20 cricket team looking for success at Bury this weekend
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Coloured clothing and a pink ball will be the order of the day as the razzmatazz of inter-county T20 cricket comes to Suffolk on Sunday.
Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club will be hosting the Unicorns East T20 – a four-team tournament featuring Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire.
Suffolk face Cambridgeshire in the first match at the Victory Ground at 10am, with Bedfordshire meeting Hertfordshire at 1.30pm. The two winners will then face-off in the final at 5pm.
Suffolk coach Andy Northcote said: “The team are in buoyant mood after our excellent display in the Unicorns Championship victory over Northumberland earlier this week.
“We showed how much we have progressed as a team in 50-over cricket this season by qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Trophy, where we were beaten by a very good Berkshire side.
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“Now we turn our attentions to the shortest format of the game. By its very nature, T20 cricket is unpredictable, but we know we will have to perform well against Cambridgeshire if we are to progress.
“But we believe we have a team capable of being a match for anyone and we are looking forward to the challenge.”
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The Suffolk side will show three changes to the one that defeated Northumberland by ten wickets on Tuesday, with opening batsmen Jaik Mickleburgh and Martyn Cull plus Michael Comber all missing.
In come all-rounders Kyran Young and Jack Beaumont, who were both unavailable for the trip north, plus Sudbury batsman Darren Batch, who can’t commit to the three-day format.
Sixteen-year-old Alex Oxley, who became the county’s youngest debutant since World War Two last weekend, retains his place in the Suffolk squad which is packed with all-rounders.
Sudbury duo Ben Reece and James Poulson are included after making their first appearances of the season at South Northumberland CC.
Both played their part in Suffolk’s success that has put them on top of the Eastern Division table after two rounds of matches.
Suffolk squad: Jake Wakelin, Ben Parker, Darren Batch, Ben Shepperson, Tom Rash, Ben Reece, Kyran Young, Jack Beaumont, Adam Mansfield (wkt & capt), James Poulson, Hugo Douglas, Alex Oxley.