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Reece set for debut in Trophy

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Ben Reece is poised to make his Unicorns Knock-out Trophy debut for Suffolk on Sunday.

The Sudbury all-rounder was left out of the side for the opening fixture against Bedfordshire which saw Suffolk lose by 45 runs on D/L method.

But he has again been named in a 12-man squad for Sunday’s second group game against Buckinghamshire at Ipswich School.

Reece feels he is ready to hit the ground running for both club and county this season, after spending the winter playing Down Under, where he was voted his league’s Most Valuable Player.

The 27-year-old has spent the last two winters playing in the First Grade Country competition for Kyabram, a town situated two hours north of Melbourne in Victoria.

Reece scored just over 300 runs and captured 37 wickets in six one-day and six two-day fixtures, and his performances earned him the league’s individual accolade.

He said: “I was not aware of the enormity of it until I won the award and players from other teams were walking up and congratulating me.”

Reece was handed his Suffolk debut in the opening Unicorns Championship match last season, and played in all six three-day fixtures.

He is hoping to feature in Sunday’s Unicorns Trophy fixture, and said: “I prefer the shorter format of the game, and I am looking forward to being involved this season.”

Although a late starter in Minor Counties cricket, Reece is aiming to make the most of his opportunity.

“Hopefully I have got a fair few years of good cricket to offer. Being older helps so far as your mental approach to the game and you also have more experience to draw on.

“I was fairly happy with how I performed in my first season in Minor Counties cricket, and I will be looking to take my opportunities when they come along and improve on last year.”

Suffolk squad: Huggins (c), Webb-Snowling, Cull, Parker, Comber, Batch, Reece, Rash, Mansfield (wkt), Manthorpe, Wareing, Beaumont.

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