Edwards’ return to give Bury a boost

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BURY St Edmunds Cricket Club have been boosted by the return of a former Victory Ground favourite on the eve of their new East Anglian Premier League season.

Phil Edwards, who first played for Bury four years ago, is poised to open the bowling in tomorrow’s first home fixture against Great Witchingham (11am).

The fast-medium 27-year-old was released by first-class outfit Kent last year and has enjoyed stints at both Derbyshire and Sussex.

During 10 first-class outings, Edwards claimed 12 wickets with best figures of 3-72. He also made five first-class appearances for Cambridge University in 2004 and 2005 – taking five wickets.

The Nowton Road side are desperate to win their first East Anglian Premier League title under captain Justin Bishop and first since 2006 – but president David Barker is just hoping his side can be competitive following an exodus of talented players during the winter.

“We are all really looking forward to the new season, but I don’t expect us to set the world alight,” said Barker this week. “What we do have are four teams on a Saturday, with local players who are keen to play cricket.

“It is all about developing young players at this level and we have a good history of that.”

Hard-hitting Denmark captain Freddie Klokker has returned to his homeland, while experienced duo Nick Lee –who has joined Sussex as a coach – and wicketkeeper Chris Warn have both left the club.

However, promising youngsters Sasha Ward, Scott Harvey, Joe Nicol, Matt Prested and Ben Bellward have all joined to give Bury a new-look.

“We have lost some influential players, but we have also gained a number of promising young players – so I’m hoping we do well. Nick Curran will captain the 2nd XI,” added Barker.