Win will give Suffolk home advantage in quarter-finals

VICTORY over Cambridgeshire tomorrow will propel Suffolk into the quarter-finals and a home tie in the Minor Counties KO Trophy.

cricket: Victory over Cambridgeshire tomorrow will propel Suffolk into the quarter-finals and a home tie in the Minor Counties KO Trophy.

Suffolk and Cambridgeshire go head-to-head at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, start 11am, for the chance to join Berkshire as qualifiers from Group 4 – and a Suffolk win will guarantee them home advantage in the last eight of the competition.

Suffolk skipper Justin Bishop said: “Our run rate is superior to Berkshire’s, so if we win we will finish top of the group and be guaranteed a home draw in the quarter-finals.

“The way we are looking at it is that we are three wins away from Lord’s, and when you say that it doesn’t seem far away, but we potentially have three massive games ahead of us.


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“Cambridgeshire are a funny side who are capable of pulling out results as they did last week when they beat Berkshire, who were head and shoulders above anything else we have faced in the group, so for Cambridgeshire to beat them shows they must have something about them.”

Bishop said that experienced pair Tim Sim Smith and Ajaz Akhtar, who have often caused Suffolk problems in the past, will not be in the Cambridgeshire side, but they will not be underestimating the visitors.

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Essex all-rounder Michael Comber has been added to the Suffolk side that defeated Norfolk by five wickets at Horsford last Sunday.

Bishop said it is likely that he will come into the side, although who he replaces will not be decided until they have had a chance to look at the wicket and conditions on Sunday morning.

“Hopefully our lads will get a good run out for their club sides on Saturday to set themselves up nicely for Sunday’s match,” added Bishop.

Suffolk squad: T Huggins, B France, M Cull, J Sadler, J Bishop, C Warn (wkt), C Swallow, S Harvey, J Finch, M Osborne, B Stephens, M Comber.

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