Heavy loss follows comfortable victory

May 30, 2023

SUFFOLK suffered a heavy loss to Cheshire just 24 hours after a comfortable victory over Shropshire in the NCCA Trophy.

Adam Mansfield’s side defeated Shropshire by 69 runs at Sudbury CC on Sunday in a match sponsored by Fenn Wright estate and letting agents to get their Group 3 campaign off to a good start.

Opener Darren Ironside made 41 before Ben Claydon and George Rhodes (pictured above) shared a third-wicket stand of 112.

Claydon’s 56 came off 88 deliveries, while Rhodes made 90 off just 73 balls with 11 fours and two sixes in Suffolk’s 251 all out.

Shropshire made a solid start in reply, reaching 63 for one inside 15 overs before Rhodes removed Tom Fell and Oliver Westbury in consecutive deliveries.

He then made a fine diving catch to remove George Hargrave, who top-scored for the visitors with 64, and finished with figures of 4.1-1-13-3 in a fine individual display.

Jack Beaumont (10-1-47-4) and Daniel Shanks (6-1-25-2) were also among the wickets as Suffolk dismissed Shropshire for 182 off 39.1 overs.

Victory came at a price though as seamer Paddy Sadler broke his thumb attempting to take a catch off his own bowling and the Sudbury skipper is expected to be out for several weeks.

At Mildenhall CC on Bank Holiday Monday, Suffolk again won the toss, but this time inserted the opposition.

Opener Henry Dobson’s 70 off 87 deliveries and Nick Anderson with 40 off 53 provided the platform for Cheshire’s total of 236 for 9 from their 50 overs.

Ben Claydon, who had to sit out part of the Cheshire innings after a painful blow to the hand, returned to claim 10-1-39-5.

Suffolk were 52 for 2 in their reply, before losing five wickets for the addition of only ten runs in the space of just 26 deliveries to effectively settle the outcome.

Opener Darren Batch, who made 46 off 100 balls, Jacob Marston (45 off 67) and Tom Harper (23 off 24) ensured the 81-run margin of defeat was less than three figures.

Anderson captured the last two wickets to complete a good all-round performance with figures of 9.2-0-24-5.

Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield said: “They bowled really, really well. You get a few good balls, maybe a poor decision, a few simple mistakes and the game is gone from you, but credit to them as they bowled nicely.”

Suffolk now travel to Horsford CC this weekend to face Norfolk, who defeated Cheshire by 84 runs on Sunday.



Suffolk v Shropshire

Suffolk v Cheshire

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