WILL’S WORLD SUDBURY CC COLUMN: Young players make debut for county

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THE old farmers’ tale: “Oak before ash there will be a splash, but ash before oak there will be a soak,” was right to begin with but since the barmy April and early May it hasn’t been the most glorious summer just yet.

So a very wet weekend in Suffolk, but one game did finish. Harry Wright, captaining the Sunday seconds in place of the absent Roger Troughton, led from the front with 66 as they posted 171 at Bardwell.

The second-placed hosts were skittled by Macca, Matt Griffiths and young Robbie Jackson only managing 100 for a vital win in Division Four.

Other news is that on July 11 two of our young first team players, Adam Mansfield and Matt Hunn, made full Suffolk debuts with a win against Buckinghamshire. Just reward for impressive performances in the Premier League and congratulations to them both.

We now have three current Suffolk players as well two other Suffolk juniors in the first team squad as the county finally take heed of how well the club is advancing.

Keeping with the youngsters, as the schools finish so does the coaching, but it has been yet another terrific year from Phil Halliday and the junior entourage.

Particularly impressive news was young Sam Ponty who has taken a wicket in under-11s, under-12s, under-13s and now under-14s.

By the sounds of it the adult team bowlers will be looking over their shoulders in a few years to come.