Huggins keen not to rest on laurels

TOP SCORER: Sasha Ward, who hit 94no to help Bury to a vital victory on Saturday
TOP SCORER: Sasha Ward, who hit 94no to help Bury to a vital victory on Saturday

GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Bury St Edmunds 201

beat Clacton-on-Sea 157

by 44 runs

Bury St Edmunds captain Tom Huggins has urged his side not to rest on their laurels despite extending their chances of beating the drop.

An impressive turn in form has seen the Victory Ground-based outfit rise from the foot of the table and climb 24 points clear of now bottom-placed rivals Sudbury, with the latest success accounting for a third win in their last five matches.

However, despite his pride at the club’s new-found form, Huggins is well aware of the task still in hand ahead of a visit of Great Witchingham tomorrow (11am).

“We are very pleased with our form in recent weeks and they we have been playing is very promising,” he said.

“We seem to be enjoying our cricket a lot more now than we were and I think that level of pressure has been taken away.

“Another two wins out of the last four should see us safe and I think we have a good chance of victory against Witchingham if we continue to play as we ll as we have.

“However, it is still very open at the bottom of the table and any one of five teams could still go down so we won’t be getting complacent.”

The key to Bury’s success over Clacton was a 73-run partnership between Sasha Ward (94no) and Toby Adams (40).

Bury old-boy Ben France had earlier removed Tom Huggins — caught by Chris Warn — for 11 and Justin Bishop for 28, while Shahzaib Hasan had returned from Pakistan the day before, but was lbw to France for just one, leaving the score at 55-3.

Ward and Adams took the score to 128, but wickets soon began to fall at regular intervals.

Ward was joined by Tom Robotham as the pair took the total on to 201.

In attack, Robotham took an early wicket, but the home side reached 50 before the game changed dramatically.

Rajarate was stumped by Ben Bellward and, with the score on 51, a further three wickets dramatically fell as Huggins snared his second victim with Hasan also collecting two.

Former Essex player Coomber and Chris Warn took the score to 90 before Matt Hunn came back to take three wickets.

Warn continued on to 48no, but it was left to Brad Mason to take the final wickets as Bury sealed what could prove a vital victory.

n Huggins was in fine form for Suffolk this week as the county side finished second in Minor Counties Championship Eastern Division to narrowly miss out on a place in the grand final.

Having scored an unbeaten century in the first innings, Huggins removed the top six batsmen in Cumberland’s second innings as Suffolk were victorious.

n Despite positive displays from Marcus Price (44) and James Sturgeon (59) Bury’s second team (175-6) could not prevent defeat in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three as they went down to a 42-run loss at home to Little Barfield (217-6).

n It was much the same story for the third team (174) in Division Five as they were beaten comfortably by Boxted (175-4) in a six-wicket defeat.

Owen Grisby’s (47) display was the only positive in difficult conditions.

n That disappointment carried over into the fourth team (117-9) in Division Eight West as they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat at home to Lakenheath II (119-3).

Contributions came from Saurabh Gupta, Josh Toon, Alex Parker and Tom Bastow.

n Bury Ladies’ (87-4) Twenty20 title hopes took a knock as they slumped to a nine-wicket defeat to Copdock and Old Ipswichians (88-1).

n On Sunday, Bury (222) suffered a four-wicket defeat to Mildenhall (226-6) in an entertaining Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One encounter despite strong showings from Stuart Nunn (60) and Andrew Green (53).

n However, there was better news for the second team in Division Four as they claimed a win away at Acton, Tom Evans scoring 109no and Marcus Price 60.