Huggins praises spirit ahead of season opener

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Suffolk skipper Tom Huggins has praised the fight in his side ahead of their opening 
Unicorns Championship three-day fixture of the season.

Lincolnshire provide the opposition for Suffolk’s opening game at the Victory Ground in Bury St Edmunds, beginning on Sunday and continuing on Monday and Tuesday. (11am each day)

Suffolk defeated Lincolnshire by nine runs in last Sunday’s inaugural Twenty20 regional group semi-final, before losing to Cambridgeshire by two wickets in the final at Sawston CC.

Former Bury St Edmunds skipper Huggins said: “We’re looking forward to the start of the three-day season and playing some good, positive cricket throughout.

“Lincolnshire are always a tough side to beat, but we’ve got a lot of confidence going into the game from our recent performances.

“Obviously it is disappointing to be out of both the Trophy and the T20 competitions, but we can hold our heads up high with how we’ve performed in both.

“The younger players fought well on Sunday to beat Lincolnshire and we never gave up hope against Cambridgeshire and to narrowly lose, while disappointing, was an example of the fight we have in the side at the moment.”

n Meanwhile, a Justin Bishop Celebration Luncheon is being held in honour of the former Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk captain.

Bishop was Suffolk skipper for six years until the end of last season, and to celebrate his achievements a lunch has been arranged on the second day of the Unicorns Championship match against Norfolk at Copdock and Old 
Ipswichian CC on Monday, June 22nd.

A three-course lunch will be served in the marquee, adjoining the pavilion, at 1pm. The cost for a table of ten is £275 or individual places can be reserved at £30 each. A guest speaker will be confirmed.

Reservations can be made by sending your requirements to Norman Atkins, 7 Meadowvale Close, Ipswich IP4 4HE, and enclosing a cheque made payable to Suffolk CCA.

Bishop said: “It has been a great honour to represent my county, and I am looking forward to meeting a few old faces and also cheering on the lads in their three-day match.”