Talented fast bowler Matthew Hunn has said he has moved to Sudbury’s divisional rivals Bury St Edmunds in order to fulfil his professional dreams.
After bowling against the country’s highest ranked county side Warwickshire in winter training only last month, the teenager is hoping a move up the A134 to Bury can prove to be the next step on his journey to the top of the game.
The Suffolk bowling ace, 19 last month, said: “I was advised by Warwickshire to move there because the track is different to Sudbury — it is a bit quicker and harder.
“I was advised to move somewhere else to test me as a bowler.
“On harder pitches, if the length is slightly wrong, you get punished a lot easier.”
Hunn shone at Sudbury in his first and then second season at Friars Street before glandular fever ended his campaign prematurely last year.
But that was only after a scintillating spell with ball in hand for Suffolk had seen him recommended to eventual LV= County Championship winners Warwickshire by his county coach.
A mid-summer trial saw Hunn, a former pupil at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, invited back for winter training with their bowling coach, who has said he will keep an eye on his progress at Bury.
Hunn said: “Huggy (Tom Huggins) and Bish (Justin Bishop) have suggested they are moving in the right direction.
“Last year they had one of those years but I still expect Bury to be up there this year.
“I loved my time at Sudbury and will never forget it as they gave me the chance to play in the (East Anglian) Premier League and then Suffolk, which got me my trial with Warwickshire.”
Hunn will join up with last season’s Suffolk captain Bishop and vice-captain Huggins at Bury, with the new season starting on April 20.
A reunion with Sudbury will come just five games into the new campaign when Bury visit Friars Street for the first instalment of the keenly-contested derby.
Of his future ambitions, he said: “I would to play first-class cricket, it would be a dream come true.”
Bury, who finished a disappointing seventh last year, were heading for a relegation battle until they signed Indian first-class player Abhishek Jhunjhunwala.
The Victory Ground outfit begin their 2013 campaign with a testing away trip at Norwich-based Vauxhall Mallards, who finished runners-up to Swardeston in last year’s East Anglian Premier League.
n See next week’s Free Press for our definitive preview to the local cricket season.