by Sam Murley
BURY St Edmunds captain Tom Huggins believes things need to change quickly after a heated East Anglian Premier League derby defeat to rivals Sudbury.
Chasing 183, set by the visitors, who were put into bat, victory was looking possible by tea, with Bury on 41-1 after 33.5 overs.
However, following the loss of Chris Lomas for 20, one of only two players along with Huggins (17) to reach double figures, the hosts suffered a disastrous collapse to lose their remaining wickets for just 24 more runs, resulting in a demoralising 183 run defeat.
Hasantha Fernando was a major thorn in the side of the home side, top scoring with 52 before taking six wickets, and even became involved in a heated discussion with Huggins and vice-captain Justin Bishop.
The captain revealed the reasons behind the bust up as he urged his side to learn from their catalogue of mistakes.
“Myself and Justin Bishop have historically had a bit of a rivalry with Hasantha Fernando ever since he was at Vauxhall Mallards.” he said.
“There was a bit of sledging going on and being in the middle of it fighting for the win things just got heated, but at least it added that extra spice to the game.
“It is always disappointing losing to your rivals but doing so in the manner that we did makes it even worse.
“We need to change things quickly and get on a winning run.
“At the moment we seem stuck in a losing run and that needs addressing quickly”.
Bury will have a chance to address those mistakes when they welcome Great Witchingham to the Victory Ground tomorrow (11am), who had to settle for a share of the spoils against Clacton on Sea following a general draw last week.
Huggins once again reiterated his desire to get back to winning ways and despite warning his players of the dangers tomorrow’s opponents pose, he is confident of matching them.
“We have a lot to learn from the experiences of last Saturday and get back on track, starting tomorrow against Great Witchingham,” he added.
“They have a very good side with some strong over seas players, but we have a strong team capable of competing with them.
“Despite our current form we are looking to be positive tomorrow and are certainly looking forward to the match.”