Huggins: Suffolk can respond to cup defeat

SUFFOLK vice-captain Tom Huggins has vowed his side will bounce back from their demoralising MCCA Knockout Trophy quarter-final elimination, as they return to Minor Counties Championship action against Bedfordshire at the Victory Ground on Sunday (11am).

Huggins’ high hopes of taking one step closer to a final appearance quickly began to diminish after Suffolk were put into bat by Staffordshire and set a disappointing total of 121, Matyn Cull the only player to show any resistance, top scoring with 40.

The home side made light work of the target in their response, taking just 26.3 overs to surpass Suffolk’s total for the loss of three wickets, clinching a seven-wicket victory to book their place in the semi-finals.

Despite being obviously disappointed with the manner of the defeat, Huggins believes his side will not dwell on the result and remains confident of gaining victory over Bedfordshire as they return to three-day action.

“The defeat to Staffordshire was obviously very disappointing,he said. “We had a very strong side out but no one really performed to the level they are capable of.

“The side we had out should have won, but we didn’t perform, it is as simple as that and that is highly disappointing.

“However, I think we will be okay getting over the defeat because we are good at separating the two formats.

“We had a good match against Bedfordshire last year and we are all focused to go and get the win, we are really up for it.

“They are a good club side but historically we have always done well against them and that gives you a bit of inspiration going into the match to get a victory.”

It was a similar story for Bury St Edmunds on Saturday, who are still in search of their first East Anglian Premier League victory of the season following a seven wicket-defeat away to Horsford.

Bury won the toss and elected to bat, but just as with Suffolk 24 hours later, they failed to set an imposing total.

The home side set about their task with ease, reaching the set target in 26.5 overs for the loss of three wickets, to leave Bury languishing third from bottom in the league.

The side travel to bottom club Halstead tomorrow (11am) and Huggins is fully aware that the encounter represents a good opportunity to gain victory and kickstart their floundering campaign.

“We all realise the importance of the game against Halstead because it is a big game for us,” he added.

“Them being below us in the league gives us confidence because if we perform to level we are capable of then we should be capable of winning.

“Momentum is the key and that is what we will continue to look for.

“I firmly believe it only takes one win and we stand a good chance of getting that on Saturday.”