Suffolk prepare for three-day opener

BACK IN ACTION: Mike Comber, pictured in action for Suffolk in the recent match against Bedfordshire
BACK IN ACTION: Mike Comber, pictured in action for Suffolk in the recent match against Bedfordshire

Coach Andy Northcote says his Suffolk CCC side are a long way from where they ought to be — but are moving in the right direction.

After qualifying for the quarter-finals of the one-day Unicorns Trophy for the first time since 2014, Suffolk can now turn their attentions to the three-day format.

Buckinghamshire will provide the opposition for the opening Unicorns Championship fixture of the season, starting at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.

Northcote is buoyed by finishing runners-up in Group Four to earn a trip to Falkland CC in Newbury to face Berkshire on June 11.

He said: “It is a great achievement by the players and one that hopefully will give us a boost of confidence into the Championship rounds; it will give us a massive lift.

“That will happen individually though as we are ready for what will now be a gruelling June, with fixtures coming thick and fast.

“The individual performances were great and for players to realise that they can perform at this level is key.

“I think we are a long way from where we ought to be but we are moving in the right direction and this will hopefully continue through to the Championship.”

Northcote added that he had not set any targets for this season’s campaign.

“As I have always maintained, the first few years of my tenure is about building for the future, the rest will follow in time.”

Sudbury’s Darren Batch, who helped secure Suffolk’s one-day qualification against Beds, is not available for three-day matches. However, all-rounder Dom Manthorpe (Bury St Edmunds) will come into the frame.