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Defiant Jones says Frinton will be back
10:42am Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
FRINTON skipper Mark Jones is setting his sights on another major promotion push next season.
The coastal club suffered heartache after a tantilising eight-run defeat in Sunday’s Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship play-off semi-final against Wisbech at Ashlyns Road.
But it was the Cambridgeshire side who scraped home in the most dramatic circumstances to tee up a place in Saturday’s final, at Norfolk Alliance winners Norwich.
Despite losing, Jones was still upbeat and said: “What a cracking game.
“The real winner was cricket, because it was a fantastic game played in terrible conditions but in great spirit.
“We know what needs to be done and next season we’ll be aiming for more of the same.
“It’s been the club’s best-ever season and my boys have got the taste for winning.
“I’d like to thank the players, committee and supporters for making this season an unforgettable one.”
Ashlyns Road started the day bathed in bright sunshine but was then hit with howling winds and heavy rain.
However, the players and umpires bravely battled on through the elements in order to secure an outcome.
Frinton were put into field, after losing the toss, and made a bright start thanks to a tight opening spell from Michael Armstrong (ten overs, one for 24) and Brandon Viret (ten overs, two for 39).
Wisbech opener Dan Haynes calmly hit 43, while wickets fell around him until the arrival of Simon Freear.
Freear played a classy knock of 68, before being bowled by Viret.
While looking unlikely to get much past 180, the Wisbech pair of Freear and Brad Perritt accelerated in the last ten overs to get their side to 213 for six off their 50 overs.
Frinton started gamely, with opener Craig Perrin (60) in fine form, although wickets fell around him until the arrival of Ben Foakes (39).
With heavy rain and Duckworth-Lewis rules applying, Frinton had no option but to keep one eye on the scoreboard and take a few chances.
The game see-sawed, with the hosts edging ahead and then dropping behind the run-rate.
It seemed the game had slipped from Frinton’s grasp until the arrival of number nine batsman Armstrong, who hit 28.
He was joined by Viret, who chipped in with 19 not out to get Frinton within 12 runs of Wisbech’s score.
When Armstrong was given out lbw with six overs left, Frinton’s last hope was veteran Ian Morton, but he only managed four runs before being bowled by Perritt.
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