DISAPPOINTED Bury St Edmunds captain Tom Huggins has urged the club to learn from mistakes made in their disastrous opening day defeat and respond away at Swardeston tomorrow (11am).
On a difficult surface at the Victory Ground, Bury were taken apart by newly promoted Copdock and Old Ipswichian, being bowled out for only 57 as the visitors went on to win by eight wickets.
Only Simon Rees reached batting figures of over 20 runs scoring 28, with James Lofts and Huggins himself the only other batsmen to hit double figures, scoring 12 and 10 respectively.
Huggins conceded his side may have underestimated their opponents but believes there was positives to take from the match amongst the lessons that must be learnt if they are to kick start their season away at Swardeston.
“It was a very disappointing performance and we definitely let ourselves down,” he said.
“We seemed to have a lack of a game plan and I think we underestimated them as a newly promoted side.
“We knew they would be good but their experience shone through, they got on a roll and certainly took advantage of that.
“When we lost two or three wickets we seemed to panic and went completely into our shell and didn’t do ourselves justice.
“Everyone knew the importance of a strong start to the season and the need to perform well but we got caught out.
“However thankfully it was only the first game of the season, there are 21 more and perhaps that will be the kick up the back-side that we need to respond.
“One positive to take was Simon Rees, who put in a very mature performance and really after starting so poorly we were indebted to him to reach what we did.
“I don’t mind losing as long as we learn from our mistakes and put things right next time out, the problem comes when you don’t learn.
“There was certainly a lot we can learn from the defeat which we can take forward into the next game and hopefully we will do that.”
Huggins also warned his players of the strengths of tomorrow’s opponents, whose match away at Clacton On Sea was cancelled on Saturday, but remained confident of bouncing back to winning ways.
“Swardeston have always been a good side and they are very experienced,” he added.
“For me it is a case of not dwelling on the defeat and kick starting our season as afresh on Saturday.
“We always have good games against them but I believe we are capable of beating them, if we have that belief then we should be fine.”
<n> meanwhile Suffolk’s first Minor Counties Cricket Association Knockout Cup Group Two match with Lincolnshire was cancelled. The competition resumes this weekend with Suffolk facing a Group Two derby encounter away to rivals Norfolk.