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Ben Seabrook wants Cambridgeshire to seize initiative in NCCA 50 Over Trophy semi-final

Ben Seabrook batting for Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton
Ben Seabrook batting for Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Mecha Morton

Ben Seabrook believes the match-winning century that propelled Cambridgeshire into the semi-final of the NCCA 50 Over Trophy for the first time in 18 years is his most important innings for the county to date.

The 22-year-old former Long Road student, who captains Read Brothers East Anglian Premier League side Bury St Edmunds, struck 13 fours and five sixes on his way to scoring 123 in the quarter-final against Cheshire, his second Cambs ton of the campaign.

“I think situation-wise that’s probably the best knock I’ve played in a Cambs shirt,” admitted Seabrook.

“I played a decent knock earlier in the season and this one was against a better bowling attack with a lot more on the line which makes it even more special to me really and able to get us into a semi-final for the first time in 18 years I think, so I’m really pleased with that knock.”

After restricting Cheshire to 247, Cambridgeshire chased it down inside 44 overs with four wickets in hand. It was their fifth win out of five in the competition having finished top of Group Three earlier in the campaign.

Cambridgeshire’s form has left them brimming with confidence. So much so, they gave county champions Essex a scare at Chelmsford, restricting the hosts to 179 for 9 before falling just 25 runs short via the DLS method in a National Counties showcase fixture.

“I think we’ve got a better balance to the side,” said Seabrook.

“Everyone now has a role to play and they know that role inside out. A lot of guys in the last couple of years, starting from 18 are now in their low twenties.”

Add to that the signings of former professional Wayne White and Mildenhall’s Jack Potticary to bolster the batting line-up and captain Callum Guest suddenly has a nice blend.

“Everyone just enjoys playing cricket together at the moment, as you said five from five, that doesn’t really happen unless the guys enjoy playing together,” he said.

“There is a good harmony in the group, which we definitely have at the minute and long may it continue in all formats.”

Seabrook and his Cambridgeshire team-mates will travel to Cumbria for the semi-final on Sunday (August 8). They will be looking to add a third NCCA Trophy to the club’s honours board after victories in 1995 and 2003.

“We’ve played them in a three-dayer a few years ago. We know they are a very competitive side, they’ve got a lot of class players in their ranks, we know every game now is going to be a test, and it has been so far,” he added.

“I think if we just still play our game and don’t stray away from that I think we can definitely get a win up there.”

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