Suffolk’s run chase falls short in T20 tournament

TOP SCORER: Sudburys Ben Reece top-scored with the bat for Suffolk in their four-run defeat to Cambridgeshire in the Unicorns East T20 tournament, scoring 57 off 37 balls as Suffolk finished their 20 overs on 163 for nine Picture: April Urquhart
TOP SCORER: Sudburys Ben Reece top-scored with the bat for Suffolk in their four-run defeat to Cambridgeshire in the Unicorns East T20 tournament, scoring 57 off 37 balls as Suffolk finished their 20 overs on 163 for nine Picture: April Urquhart
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UNICORNS EAST T20 TOURNAMENT

Cambridgeshire (167-4) beat Suffolk (163-9)

by four runs

Suffolk had only themselves to blame for bowing out of the Unicorns East T20 Tournament to Cambridgeshire at the weekend.

Needing 168 to win in Sunday’s opening match of the four-team competition at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk raced to 100-2 inside 11 overs.

Openers Ben Reece, who top-scored with 57 off 37 balls, and Jake Wakelin, with 16 off just eight deliveries, put Suffolk in the driving seat.

Ben Shepperson then weighed in with 23 from 11 balls, before Suffolk lost their way amid a clatter of wickets as the run-rate crept up.

Tom Rash struck a six over mid-wicket off the fourth ball of the final over, but was unable to repeat the shot as Suffolk lost by four runs.

Rash had been Suffolk’s most economical bowler, returning figures of 4-0-23-2, closely followed by Kyran Young’s 4-0-25-1, after Suffolk inserted Cambridgeshire.

Paul Summerskill, batting at number three, made an undefeated 66 off 48 deliveries and featured in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 123 with Lewis Hill, who finished on 50 not out.

Suffolk skipper Adam Mansfield said: “The boys at the top — Ben Reece, Jake Wakelin and even Ben Shepperson — got us off to a brilliant start.

“But towards the end the run-rate crept up on us and the pressure built and we started to play shots we probably wouldn’t normally play.

“It is always tricky for the guys coming in needing 10 an over, but if one of the top four or five had gone all the way through we would have won the game.”

Bedfordshire then beat Hertfordshire by 24 runs in the second match to book their place in the final.

Skipper Andy Reynoldson led the way with 51 not out in Bedfordshire’s 157-3, before Hertfordshire mustered 134-9 in reply.

Bedfordshire comfortably beat Cambridgeshire by seven wickets in the final, after bowling their opponents out for only 94.

Cambridgeshire never recovered from slipping to 34-5, with spinner Tom Brett (4-0-18-3) claiming the man-of-the-match award.