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Jaik Mickleburgh is again the key to Suffolk’s success

PUBLISHED: 21:29 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 21:29 31 July 2017

Jaik Mickleburgh, batting for Suffolk against Cumberland. He was 76 not out at the close.

Jaik Mickleburgh, batting for Suffolk against Cumberland. He was 76 not out at the close.

Potentially, tomorrow’s final day at Ipswich School should be an exciting one, with Suffolk nursing a lead of 132 runs with seven second innings wickets in hand.

Visiting Cumberland declared on 273 for nine off their 90 overs, trailing Suffolk by 15 runs on first innings during today’s second day in this Minor Counties Championship fixture.

The hosts had accumulated 288 all out on day one, thanks chiefly to 96 from former Essex county opener Jaik Mickleburgh – he again played a terrific innings this evening – and a useful 72 from Sudbury’s club captain, Darren Batch, in the middle order.

Captain Adam Mansfield had contributed a swift 38 off 38 balls to boost Suffolk’s total, and he would have been hoping that his side would go on to gain a sizeable lead after Cumberland’s first innings, especially as the visitors had struggled on 33 for two at one stage.

But they recovered well, despite some good bowling from the trio of James Poulson, Jake Wakelin and Tom Rash.

Opener Ross Zelem top-scored with 76, accrued patiently off 202 balls and over nearly four hours at the crease.

Zelem put on 78 with skipper Gary Pratt for the fourth wicket, before becoming one of Wakelin’s three victims.

Pratt was eventually the sixth wicket to fall, another victim of Wakelin, having made 60 off 109 deliveries.

Copdock & Old Ipswichian skipper, Tom Rash, took two for 38 off 16 overs, while his new ball partner Poulson returned to the attack to claim figures of 32-11-74-4 by taking the final three wickets of the innings.

A rapid 33 not out off 32 balls from Toby Bulcock boosted Cumberland’s final total.

Mickleburgh took centre stage in Suffolk’s second innings, racing to 76 not out as the home side finished the second day on 117 for three.

Martyn Cull (2) went early, while Frinton captain Kyran Young (10) and his club-mate Michael Comber (12) were both dismissed after getting themselves in.

But Mickleburgh and Batch (14 not out), both in-form players, put on an unbroken 49 for the fourth wicket, to leave the game intriguingly poised going into the final day.

Two Ipswich Town stars will be looking to take a big step towards this summer’s World Cup over the next week while a host of younger players look to further their international careers.

Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been impressed by Ipswich stopper Bartosz Bialkowski following his first call-up to the Polish national team.

Luton boss Nathan Jones is disappointed to lose the services of midfielder Flynn Downes due to international duty but is pleased to see the Ipswich Town youngster continue his development with England Under 19s.

Fighting for a place in England’s World Cup squad might be tough work for Burnley’s Nick Pope but it beats riding a milk float in the early hours of the morning.

Ipswich Town goalkeeper Michael Crowe was taken by surprise when he found out he had been called up for international duty, but is determined to learn as much as he can while away with the Wales squad.

Ipswich Town fans want to see young defender Josh Emmanuel given his chance in the first team next season.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says Josh Emmanuel may be sent out on loan again next season.

Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers hopes striker David McGoldrick has not played his last game for the club.

Season ticket prices, whether we’ll hear from owner Marcus Evans and manager Mick McCarthy’s future are the three big questions as Ipswich Town head into a two-week international break.

Did you hear about the Mick McCarthy press conference? He walked into the room, sat down, and apologised profusely to the loyal fans of Ipswich Town, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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