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Suffolk Cricket Club skipper Josh Cantrell admits side showed no ‘fight’ or ‘guts’ in NCCA Trophy defeat to Cambridgeshire





Suffolk skipper Josh Cantrell said none of his side ‘showed any fight or guts’ with the bat as they tumbled out of this season’s NCCA Trophy to Cambridgeshire.

The visitors, chasing 187 for victory, were bowled out for just 101 in 24.2 overs to lose by 85 runs in their quarter-final tie at Burwell & Exning CC on Sunday.

The odds looked good on Suffolk reaching the final four of this season’s competition after they dismissed the home side, who won the toss and elected to bat, for 186 with 16 balls of their innings unused.

Josh Cantrell bowls for Suffolk. Picture: Keith Heppell
Josh Cantrell bowls for Suffolk. Picture: Keith Heppell

But an indisciplined display saw Suffolk collapse from 39-1 off only 4.5 overs to toss away the chance of a semi-final away to Norfolk, who defeated Lincolnshire by six wickets.

Raj Singh (2 -28) removed both openers as Cambridgeshire were reduced to 34 for 2 in the 10th over, and it could have been 51-3 but Jacob Marston missed the chance to stump Dan Andrew on 11.

Andrew (63 off 84 balls) and Joe Tetley (47 off 62) added 107 for the third wicket in 21.3 overs, before Cambridgeshire’s innings imploded.

Suffolk celebrate a wicket in their defeat to Cambridgeshire. Picture: Keith Heppell
Suffolk celebrate a wicket in their defeat to Cambridgeshire. Picture: Keith Heppell

They lost their last eight wickets for 45 runs as Suffolk’s spinners wreaked havoc, Jack Beaumont taking 4-40, Cantrell 3-29 and Tom Harper 1-27.

Suffolk’s reply got off to a rollicking start, Beaumont smashing 20 off eight deliveries before top-edging to wicket-keeper Andrew. Fellow opener Alex Maynard (27 off 33) departed seven balls later and the rot had set in.

It was after a short rain-break that Suffolk completely lost their way, three wickets falling for the addition of just one run in the space of nine balls, starting with Alex Oxley’s mistimed reverse sweep finding the hands of Lee Thomason at slip.

George Rhodes and Jacob Marston briefly rallied in a stand of 21 runs, before Marston top-edged a pull to deep mid-wicket.

The off bail starts to lift as Suffolk’s Jack Beaumont bowls Cambridgeshire’s Jack Loveday first ball during Sunday’s NCCA Trophy Quarter-Final tie at Burwell & Exning CC. Picture: Nick Garnham
The off bail starts to lift as Suffolk’s Jack Beaumont bowls Cambridgeshire’s Jack Loveday first ball during Sunday’s NCCA Trophy Quarter-Final tie at Burwell & Exning CC. Picture: Nick Garnham

Rhodes was ninth man out for 19, also picking out Harrison Craig in the deep, as Suffolk’s pitiful display with the bat – eight wickets falling to catches – saw them fail to occupy the crease for less than half their allocation of overs.

Captain Cantrell said afterwards: “It was a disappointing batting display all round. Not one of us really showed any fight or any guts to stick in there.”