Captain not concerned over relegation threat

CRUCIAL RUNS: Hassan Adnan hit 111 as Suffolk drew their opening Minor Counties Eastern Division campaign with rivals Norfolk
CRUCIAL RUNS: Hassan Adnan hit 111 as Suffolk drew their opening Minor Counties Eastern Division campaign with rivals Norfolk
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BURY St Edmunds’ captain Tom Huggins is not yet concerned by the threat of relegation but conceded his sides form must change quickly, starting with tomorrow’s visit of Cambridge Granta to the Victory Ground (11am).

Bury remain win-less in the East Anglian Premier League after seven games following another disappointing defeat on Saturday, going down by 162 runs away to Burwell, who batted first to reach a total of 287-9.

The response was lacking of any real conviction with Justin Bishop top scoring on 38 as the visitors limped to a total of 125, resulting in a defeat which leaves them second bottom in the league.

However, despite the genuine threat of becoming embroiled in a relegation battle, Huggins is not panicking just yet but admitted that his side need to start showing their true capabilities.

“We were disappointed to lose the match because we set it out as a game for us to win,” he said.

“It is worrying that we haven’t won a match yet but I am convinced that one win will get our season going and get us on a run.

“It is still very early in the season and although we are disappointed to be second bottom we are not panicking just yet.

“Obviously the threat of relegation is a worry and our form needs to change quickly, but we just need to start performing to our capabilities.”

Tomorrow’s match could give Bury a good opportunity to kick-start the season with their opponents sitting one place above them in the league, having endured a similar start to the season as Bury.

Huggins admitted the match represents a good chance of picking up a victory that he hopes will give them some much needed renewed confidence.

“It is definitely a big game for us and great opportunity to get a win,” he added.

“Hopefully we can get a result that will get us up and running and give us some renewed confidence going forward.”

Meanwhile, Suffolk drew their opening match of the Minor Counties Eastern Division campaign with rivals Norfolk in a match marred by rain.

Norfolk won the toss and batted to a total of 263-6 before declaring in their first innings, before an 111 from professional Hassan Adnan and 98 from Martyn Cull helped Suffolk to respond with 318-7.

In their second innings Norfolk only had the chance to add a further 71 runs before the match was ended in a draw.

However, Huggins was pleased with the result and believes it puts them in good stead for their Knockout Cup quarter-final tie away to Staffordshire on Sunday, June 17.

“The rain made things very frustrating but it was a positive result for us,” he added.

“It has put us in good stead for the cup match at Staffordshire and there are good signs that we are finding form again.

“The only incentive we need is the fact we are only two games away form the final.”