Bury skipper targets a run to survival

CRICKET - Suffolk Unicorns Championship. Suffolk v Northumberland

Pictured: Mick Comber ANL-160620-094627009

CRICKET - Suffolk Unicorns Championship. Suffolk v Northumberland Pictured: Mick Comber ANL-160620-094627009

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Ahead of the visit of local rivals Sudbury tomorrow (11am), Bury St Edmunds skipper Mike Comber has challenged his side to recreate last year’s end-of-season winning run to stave off relegation once again, writes Russell Claydon.

The Victory Ground outfit turned a miserable 2015 league campaign around by winning their last four games to survive another season in the East Anglian Premier League.

And ahead of tomorrow’s derby Comber is hoping to turn the form book on its head to kick-start a similar run.

Bury, winless in 13 matches, go into the game against the third-placed side fourth-from-bottom but with only 29 points separating them and Horsford in the relegation spot, know that they are precariously placed with six games to go.

“Obviously the main issue is the batting,” said Comber. “We are struggling to get runs every week.

“On paper we have a very strong side but we just cannot seem to get in a winning position at the minute.

“We just need the rub of the green.

“We won our last four games last season and we need to turn our season around now.

“We have something desperate to play for as we do not want to get relegated.”

After their Indian overseas player Chintan Pashankar returned home due to personal reasons, Bury have brought in off-spinner and top-order batsman Darren Cruickshank from Trinidad. And Comber believes he can help make the difference, starting tomorrow.

“We haven’t seen the best of him yet but he is a game changer,” he said.

“He plays a very aggressive brand of cricket.”

Bury will come up against former captain Tom Huggins tomorrow, who ended his Suffolk captaincy on a high with 168 not out in the county’s first innings against Staffordshire at Ipswich School in their Minor Counties Championship encounter. The final day’s play was abandoned without a ball being bowled.