Bury CC ready for big derby encounter

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BURY St Edmunds will put their unbeaten record on the line when they travel to Sudbury for the first league clash between the sides in nine years.

The Suffolk rivals have clashed in the county cup in each of the past two seasons, with Bury edging it on each occasion, but not since 2002 have they met in league competition.

And following Saturday’s draw with Norwich at the Victory Ground, Bury vice-captain Tom Huggins will be looking to extend his side’s solid start to five matches without loss.

“Everyone’s looking forward to it,” said Huggins. “In the last two years we have played them in the Suffolk Cup — in the final two years ago and the semi-final last summer.

“Both went our way, but they have a good side and although they they’ve had a tricky start they will be on a high after getting their first win last week.”

While Bury have coupled their only win of the season with three draws to sit comfortably in sixth, Sudbury have a record of one win and three defeats, leaving them three places worse off in the table.

However, Sudbury will be boosted this weekend by the inclusion of Sri Lankan Hasantha Fernando in their ranks. Meanwhile, Bury are expected to be without destructive Essex fast bowler Chris Wright.

But with the emergence of a number of youngsters in the Bury team — James Sturgeon became the sixth to play for the first XI this season on Saturday — the future remains bright in West Suffolk.

“We lost three key members of last year’s side, so to start how we have is very pleasing,” added Huggins. “The win and three draws included a couple of close draws. The game against Great Witchingham could have gone either way, as could have the game on Saturday against Norwich.

“In hindsight, it could have been a better start, but it could also have been a lot worse.”

n Bury’s match at Sudbury tomorrow (11am) takes place at Friars Street, Sudbury.