Cup glory makes up for league setback

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Captain Tom Huggins batted his way to 39 against Sudbury
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Captain Tom Huggins batted his way to 39 against Sudbury
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BURY St Edmunds’ captain Tom Huggins believes his side have gone some way to making amends for a ‘disappointing’ league campaign, after clinching the Suffolk Twenty20 Cup on Sunday.

The East Anglian Premier Division (EAPL) was brought to a close on Saturday as the Victory Ground outfit were forced to settle for a share of the spoils against Saffron Walden following a general draw at home.

Victory had looked a strong possibility with Huggins leading by example to hit an impressive 167 as the hosts reached 190-6.

However, as has been the case for much of the season, they failed to bowl their opponents out, with the visitors holding out to reach 190-6, leaving Bury with a seventh placed finish, one place behind Suffolk rivals Copdock and Old Ipswichians, much to Huggins frustration.

“Ultimately we are disappointed with where we have ended in the league because we were aiming to be challenging higher,” he said.

“It would have been nice to have ended up as the top club in Suffolk but when you don’t win for the first half of the season then you’re always up against it.”

Thankfully for Huggins, his Bury side managed to make up for their disappointment just a day later as they returned to the Victory Ground to reclaim their Suffolk Twenty20 Cup crown.

After easing past Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division One champions Woolpit in the semi-finals, Bury’s batting prowess proved too much for league rivals Sudbury, who fell 39 runs short of the hosts 154 run total, to hand Huggins charges the trophy.

Although previously under whelmed with their domestic campaign, Huggins was left delighted with the compensation of silverware to end the season.

“We are delighted and it is great to have the Suffolk Cup back with us,” he added.

“I thought we played 80 overs of very good cricket and it always enjoyable to beat your rivals which we managed to do on both occasions.

“In Twenty20 cricket anyone can beat anyone and so what was most pleasing for me was that we remained consistent throughout the competition and rightfully came out as winners.

“In both games our opposition were never in a position to challenge us for victory and that is extremely pleasing.

“From how we started the season our second half of the campaign has been very positive and to end it here caps it off nicely.

“This makes up for a disappointing league finish a bit and I’m pleased to end the season on a positive note.”