Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield disappointed as rain forces draw with Buckinghamshire

Suffolk captain and wicket keeper Adam Mansfield

Suffolk captain and wicket keeper Adam Mansfield - Credit: Archant

Skipper Adam Mansfield admitted it was ‘really, really disappointing’ that rain ruined Suffolk’s chances of victory in their opening Unicorns Championship match of the campaign.

Suffolk were left frustrated when rain forced the match against Buckinghamshire at Bury St Edmunds to be abandoned without a ball being bowled on the final day.

The hosts had to settle for a draw after heavy rain fell throughout Tuesday morning, leaving the umpires with no alternative but to call the match off just before 1.30pm.

Suffolk, who claimed 11 points compared to their opponents’ seven, had got themselves into a strong position to win the match at the Victory Ground.

After bowling Bucks out for 260, Suffolk declared on 394 for six thanks in no small measure to an opening partnership of 203 between Martyn Cull (98) and Jaik Mickleburgh, who retired with a migraine after scoring 108.

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Mildenhall skipper Ben Shepperson weighed in with 77 and ex-Bury St Edmunds captain Michael Comber, now with Frinton, clubbed a quickfire 46.

The home team then had Bucks reeling at 92 for five in their second innings, still trailing by 42 runs, with debutant Hugo Douglas taking two wickets to add to the four he picked up in the first innings.

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Mansfield said: “It is really frustrating. The boys played well and we set the game up fantastically and to be in the position we were in and not win is disappointing – really, really disappointing.

“Our bowlers bowled really well on the first day and they got the most out of the pitch. Hugo Douglas, on debut, bowled really, really well and was backed up by Michael Comber and Tom Rash.

“Then yesterday (on Monday) all the batsmen contributed but Jaik (Mickleburgh) and Dibsy (Martyn Cull) up the top were fantastic.”

Sudbury wicket-keeper Mansfield, who claimed nine catches in the match, added: “That is the most I have taken in one game. There was some movement off the pitch, so as a keeper you are going to get chances.”

Suffolk now face Berkshire in the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Trophy at Falkland CC in Newbury on Sunday.

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