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Copdock looking to claim top spot

PUBLISHED: 13:32 06 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:36 03 March 2010

CRICKET: Copdock and Old Ipswichians have the chance to establish themselves as the top club in the Ipswich area.

They play at Fakenham tomorrow in the play-off semi-final to see who plays in the East Anglian Premier League in 2003.

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COPDOCK and Old Ipswichians have the chance to establish themselves as the top club in the Ipswich area.

They play at Fakenham tomorrow in the play-off semi-final to see who plays in the East Anglian Premier League in 2003.

A win for Copdock will see them play Ramsey in the final in two weeks' time.

Copdock finished runners-up in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, and have got their chance of glory because champions Tattingstone do not have the facilities to advance.

League representative and club stalwart Rick Jones – who has been playing for Copdock since 1971 – feels his club could be on the verge of something big.

He said: "We have a chance to become THE club in Ipswich – one who the best players want to play for. At the moment a number of the better players travel to Clacton or Bury St Edmunds to play home EAPL matches.

"Next year hopefully it will be Copdock. We have the ground, wicket and clubhouse and are looking forward to the challenge.

"We know it will mean a lot of hard work and we will need to attract a number of good sponsors."

First, however, Copdock have to see off Fakenham, who finished runners-up to Great Yarmouth in the Norfolk League. Yarmouth could not apply for promotion because they have no youth policy.

"Fakenham will be a very good side and I believe they have an Australian overseas player," added Jones, who is now a second team regular.

"Suffolk bowler James East has a side injury and we will miss him in a game that will be played over 50-overs a side and with a maximum of ten per bowler."

One of the few top clubs in Suffolk without an overseas player, Copdock dispensed with the services of Aussie Nick Grover in the early weeks of this season.

Pipped for the title by Exning last year after a dreadful run-in, they overtook Sudbury on the post last week to finish second behind Tattingstone and qualify for what could turn out to be a red-letter day tomorrow.

A seniors tournament takes place at the Victory ground Bury St Edmunds tomorrow.

Sides from the Two Counties Championship, Suffolk Premier League, Suffolk Alliance and Mick McNeil League meet in a 20-overs-a-side event.

The first two games begin at 11.15am with the winners meeting each other at 3pm. At the same time the losers will meet on the adjoining pitch.

Bowlers can bowl a maximum of four overs with the Two Counties side comprising four players from Long Melford plus Alan Cooke of Copdock. The rest of the squad comes from Essex.

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