Bury St Edmunds’ disastrous start to the season got worse with the news Indian star Abhishek Jhunjhunwala has played his last game.
Captain Tom Huggins was preparing his side, bottom of the league after the opening four matches, to face second-placed Cambridge Granta at the Victory Ground tomorrow (11am) without an overseas professional.
It was believed Indian Premier League off-spinner Jhunjhunwala would be able to feature in Bury’s opening 15 fixtures.
But after almost seeing Bury to victory with a standout individual performance in the Suffolk derby at Sudbury on Saturday, until the rain came, Huggins revealed it was his last action for the club.
He said: “We knew about it a couple of weeks ago and we have some irons in fires.
“He is going back to finish his Indian domestic season, but we are reasonably close to securing a replacement.”
Vice-captain Justin Bishop revealed his early departure was ‘a massive loss to the team’ during a difficult opening to the campaign.
Bury had looked set to register their first victory in four attempts on Saturday, largely thanks to the tight bowling and big hitting of Jhunjhunwala (58), until a frustrating 20-minute break until 7pm following the rain stopping reduced Bury’s overs and helped set up a dramatic finish with Bury ending up three runs short of a much-needed win.
Huggins said: “Obviously there is disappointment, but as I said the week before, we have played three good sides before today and Sudbury are a decent side and I think we were thwarted a bit by the weather.
“I thought we bowled really well — our pre-lunch session was outstanding.”
Matt Hunn was singled out for praise after taking four wickets against his former club with Huggins saying there were plenty of positives ahead of tomorrow’s tough home test.
“I think our fielding has improved game-on-game and our new-ball partnership is as good as any really,” he said. “I am pleased with how we are looking.
“We have got a lot of talent — obviously we have a few lads to come back from university who will strengthen us batting-wise.”
Huggins said Sasha Ward, Chris Lomas and his brother Oliver Huggins (work commitments) are set to bolster the side from two weeks’ time.
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