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Five Bury St Edmunds players in Eastern Counties squad

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Five Bury St Edmunds players are in the Eastern Counties squad for the opening Bill Beaumont Cup county championship group match away to Cheshire on Saturday.

Manager Dave Masdin has named a travelling party of 24 for the match at Chester.

Joe Reid, Sam Bixby, Matt Hema and Gary Andrews are named in the starting 15, with Josh Walker among the replacements.

Provisional team: Desmond Brett (Southwold), Patrick Calvert (Cambridge Uni), Joe Reid (Bury St Edmunds), Martin Wolfenden (Coventry), Red Newberry (Shelford, captain), Tom Ransom (Shelford), Sam Bixby (Bury St Edmunds), John Wedlock (Beccles), Mike Gillick (Cambridge), Joe Tarrant (Ampthill), Matt Hema (Bury St Edmunds), Nico Defeo (Cambridge), Sam Redmayne (Cambridge), Garry Andrews (Bury St Edmnunds), Simon Horbeck (Shelford).

Replacements: Sisa Naqisma (Cambridge), Joe Winter (Shelford), Rob Hall (Cambridge Uni), Josh Walker (Bury St Edmunds), Bruce Van Poortvleit (Holt), Aki Lea (Shelford), Tom Jackson (Shelford), Ben Murphy (Colchester). Travelling reserve: Pete Kolakowski (Cambridge). Non-travelling reserve: Tom Summers (Sudbury).

Counties visit Lancashire on May 14, and host Yorkshire at the Cambridge University ground on May 21 in their final group game.