Dom’s double cause for celebration

June 2, 2022

SUFFOLK cricketer Dom Manthorpe has had double cause for celebration.

Manthorpe, who made his first Suffolk appearance since 2016 in the NCCA Trophy victory over Norfolk last Sunday, has also been selected again for the British Police CC tour later this month.

The 24-year-old became the first policeman from Suffolk to be chosen for the tour in 2020, although it was cancelled due to Covid and took place last season instead.

He has now been selected again for this year’s tour to Uxbridge in Middlesex from June 26th until July 1st.

Manthorpe, who plays his club cricket for Hadleigh in Division One of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, said: “I was immensely proud to be the first person from Suffolk to be selected to represent the British Police.

“We were undefeated on last year’s tour and I opened the bowling and got a few wickets, including four in one game, although I was batting a No.9, 10 or 11, so only batted once.

“I am looking forward to taking part in this year’s tour with players selected from across the country, who come together to play some competitive cricket.”

Last year’s tour to Lincolnshire and Leicestershire saw the British Police play Lincolnshire’s National Counties side, The Army, The RAF, the Club Cricket Conference and the National Asian Cricket Conference.

A similar fixture list awaits this year for Manthorpe, who was born in Bury St Edmunds and is a police constable based in Sudbury, and his team-mates.

Manthorpe, who re-joined hometown club Hadleigh in 2019 after three seasons at East Anglian Premier League side Bury St Edmunds, made his Suffolk debut back in 2015, after playing for all the age groups from under-11s upwards.

He was picked up by Essex in the same year and played for both their Academy and 2nd XI sides, before signing a one-year contract with the MCC Young Cricketers, after being on trial with Leicestershire’s 2nd XI.

This, combined with work commitments, has meant he has not been able to commit to play again for Suffolk until now.

Manthorpe, who has retained his place in the side for Sunday’s match at Shropshire, said: “My work hours have now changed, allowing me to play for Suffolk in this season’s one-day competition, and it is nice to be back involved with the county side.

“I actually prefer playing the longer format of the game and hope to be available to play for Suffolk, if selected, in the three-day championship matches.

“I have only just returned to fitness after breaking my wrist playing rugby back in September. I underwent surgery on it in December, so I missed the first few matches of this season.

“Hadleigh are hoping to finish in the top three of Division One of the Two Counties as the club would like to play in Division Two of the EAPL if it gets the go ahead.”

Manthorpe is pictured above bowling against Norfolk at Mildenhall last Sunday.


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