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Norfolk one win from the quarter-finals

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:36 06 July 2010

Norfolk skipper Carl Rogers on his way to 67 in yesterday’s Minor Counties KO Cup clash with Suffolk. Picture; Simon Finlay

Norfolk skipper Carl Rogers on his way to 67 in yesterday's Minor Counties KO Cup clash with Suffolk. Picture; Simon Finlay

Norfolk's MCCA Knockout Trophy quest is still alive after a fine victory over old rivals Suffolk at Manor Park yesterday.

Half centuries from skipper Carl Rogers, Trevor Ward and Chris Borrett helped the home side reach 277 for three from their 45 overs of the rain-affected Group Two clash.

Norfolk's MCCA Knockout Trophy quest is still alive after a fine victory over old rivals Suffolk at Manor Park yesterday.

Half centuries from skipper Carl Rogers, Trevor Ward and Chris Borrett helped the home side reach 277 for three from their 45 overs of the rain-affected Group Two clash.

But a magnificent 147 from Suffolk captain Tom Huggins and 60 from Freddie Klokker kept the visitors on course for the revised Duckworth/Lewis target of 281 until Huggins' departure with nine balls to go saw his team fall 11 runs short.

It was a match of superb entertainment and spirit between two sides who overcame the cold and windy conditions on a belting wicket. And Rogers was delighted that his side now head to Hertfordshire in a fortnight knowing another victory will put them into the quarter-finals.

“We won the toss and we weren't sure what to do,” he said. “It was a little bit damp, and I decided to bat on the basis that that's what we do best. We do set totals better than we chase. I thought 280 was a good total, and they've come out and Huggins and Klokker played magnificently and got them very, very close. But we stuck to it in difficult conditions and consequently came out with the win.”

Rogers and Ward laid the foundations for Norfolk's total with a second wicket partnership of 120 and the captain was delighted with his performance and that of former Leicestershire man Ward, after both had had recent struggles with the bat.

“I've struggled a little bit for form since I've taken on the captaincy and it was a real weight off my shoulders to get a score and maybe I could have perhaps hung around for longer,” he said. “I feel a little better with myself. “Wardy played magnificently well. By his admission he's been a little bit out of sorts in the last two weeks but he came in and he picked up where he left off last year and looked really good.”

Now Rogers and his team will look forward to the clash with Hertfordshire with a real chance of making the last four.

After laying the platform for their innings, Rogers and Ward perished within five overs of each other for 67 and 70 respectively. But Norwich's Chris Borrett, pushed up the order to number four, continued where the pair had left off and bludgeoned a blistering 81 not out in a stand of 96 with Stephen Gray (35 not out) as Norfolk notched up 101 in the last ten overs.

It looked to be more than enough for victory, especially when Paul Bradshaw bowled Tony Palladino for one in the third over of Suffolk's reply.

However, Huggins, who hit a century at Manor Park in the three-day game between the sides last season, had other ideas and soon set about the Norfolk attack.

He dominated a stand of 61 with Andrew Mawson before finding an able partner in Klokker as they hit 129 for the third wicket. Huggins brought up his 50 with a huge six over mid-off and it looked like the duo could snatch an unlikely victory until Klokker went for one sweep too many and was bowled by George Walker for 60.

Huggins powered on, claimed his century, but in the penultimate over was clean bowled by Michael Eccles going for another big hit as Norfolk held on for a vital victory.

t Norfolk (2pts) beat Suffolk by 11 runs.

Norfolk innings

C J Rogers b Swallow 67

B J Patston b Palladino 10

T R Ward b Rees 70

C R Borrett not out 81

S K Gray not out 35

Extras (b4 lb4 w4 nb2) 14

t Total (3 wkts, 45 overs) 277

Fall: 34, 154, 183

Did not bat: J Trower, J M Spelman, G W Walker, C Brown, P J Bradshaw, M P Eccles

Bowling: A P Palladino 8-1-35-1, M J W Smith 8-0-38-0, S Rees 9-0-71-1, P T Turnbull 7-0-49-0, C A Swallow 9-0-44-1, T B Huggins 4-0-32-0.

Suffolk innings

T B Huggins b Eccles 147

A P Palladino b Bradshaw 1

A D Mawson c Walker b Brown 13

F A Klokker b Walker 60

C J Warn c Gray b Walker 6

N T Lee not out 19

C A Swallow not out 7

Extras (b4 lb5 w7) 16

t Total (5 wkts, 45 overs) 269

Fall: 7, 68, 197, 225, 257

Did not bat: M G Cull, P T Turnbull, S Rees, M J W Smith

Bowling: P J Bradshaw 9-2-31-1, M P Eccles 8-1-48-1, C Brown 9-1-41-1, G W Walker 9-0-55-2, C J Rogers 8-0-62-0, C R Borrett 2-0-23-0.

t Longhirst Hall: Staffordshire 144 (41.2 overs) Northumberland 70 (28.4 overs). Staffs won by 74 runs.

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