CUP JOY CAN MAKE UP FOR RECENT WOES

ALL SMILES: Bury St Edmunds players will be hoping for further celebrations on Sunday as they aim to reach the ECB T20 National finals
ALL SMILES: Bury St Edmunds players will be hoping for further celebrations on Sunday as they aim to reach the ECB T20 National finals
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Ben Curran is desperate to help Bury St Edmunds take a step closer to ECB T20 National glory in order to help make up for recent failings.

After overcoming Kimberley Institue and Oundle Town to win the East Midlands Area final, the Victory Ground outfit are now preparing for the biggest match in the club’s history on Sunday (2pm), as they host Ealing, with a place at Glamorgan’s SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff for the televised National Finals up for grabs in September.

And with the club currently enduring a difficult domestic campaign, which sees Bury sit bottom of the East Anglian Premier League, Curran believes the players owe it to the club to finally fulfil their potential.

“It’s massive for the whole club and we’re all really excited for Sunday,” he said.

“In the first round against Frinton we struggled to get a squad of players together so to be one step from the National Finals is an amazing achievement.

“With the squad we have we should be achieving things like this. We have not done as well as we should have in the past couple of years and so this is an opportunity for us to show what we are about.

“I feel like we have let everyone down in recent seasons but we have a big chance to make up for it now and prove our worth.

“Getting to Cardiff would be a massive honour and would mean a great deal to everyone connected with the whole club.

“It would be an absolutely amazing experience but we know we have a lot of work to do to get there.”

However, before the excitement of Sunday, Bury must first focus on the small matter of a trip to sixth-place Great Witchingham tomorrow (11am) with Curran well aware their priority remains climbing out of the relegation zone, with the club currently 19 points adrift of safety.

“We are looking forward to Sunday but being bottom of the table we know wins in the league have to happen now,” he added.

“Sunday is obviously important, but for the club’s sake the league has to be our priority; the last thing we all want is to go down.”