Suffolk’s chances hanging by a thread

September 7, 2021

SUFFOLK’S chances of being crowned National Counties Cricket Association champions are hanging by a thread after a day of fluctuating fortunes in their play-off final against Oxfordshire.

Their opponents started the day on 115 for 2 – a lead of 150 – but four wickets before lunch saw Suffolk claw their way back into the match at Tring Park CC in Hertfordshire.

When Joe Gatting took his third wicket to dismiss opposing skipper Jonny Cater with the score on 195 for 7 and the lead 230, Suffolk were looking to wrap up the innings quickly.

However, by the time Jack Beaumont (5 for 59) claimed the last wicket a further 116 runs had been added, leaving Suffolk to chase a target of 347.

They made a disastrous start to their second innings, losing three wickets for just 13 runs before the close, meaning they will have to produce something special on the fourth and final day if they are to win the match.

Suffolk fielders – wicket-keeper Adam Mansfield, Joe Gatting and Alex Oxley – are pictured above appealing unsuccessfully for a wicket in Oxfordshire’s second innings on day three.

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