Stewart’s praise for Suffolk’s display

August 1, 2023

ALEC Stewart has praised Suffolk’s ‘outstanding’ fielding in Sunday’s NCCA Showcase fixture.

The former England captain, who is now Surrey’s Director of Cricket, was in charge of the first-class side for their visit to face Suffolk at Woolpit CC.

And he was very complimentary about the standard of Suffolk’s fielding as the National Counties side restricted their opponents to 216 for 9 in their 50 overs.

Stewart said: “I thought they were outstanding. Their intensity in the field was really good. They gave us no easy runs at all – very good in the inner circle and dived and made good ground out on the boundary edge so they should be very proud of their fielding performance.”

Stewart also had praise for Suffolk’s spinners, especially Jack Beaumont and Tom Harper, who took two wickets apiece.

He said: “I thought their spinners, in particular, were outstanding – the left arm spinner upfront (Beaumont) and the off spinner (Harper) bowled exceptionally well.

“They worked out the pitch – they worked out the conditions and the pace of the surface and bowled accordingly.

“I think they would have been happy to restrict us to what we did. They may have wanted to keep us to 180 after the start they had, but they should be very pleased with the first half of their game.”

Surrey won the match by 101 on DLS after reducing Suffolk to 45 for 6 off 18 overs in their reply before rain brought a premature end to proceedings.

Suffolk’s Tom Harper is pictured above bowling versus Surrey.

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