Huggins backs Suffolk to lift the MCCA trophy

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SUFFOLK vice-captain Tom Huggins has backed his side to lift the MCCA Knockout Trophy, as he aims to take one step closer to the final with victory away to Staffordshire on Sunday (11am).

Huggins’ charges travel North for their quarter-final encounter knowing they are only two matches away from a final appearance in the competition Suffolk last won in 2007.

Suffolk’s last match action came two weeks ago as they drew their opening Minor Counties League Easterni Division encounter with East Anglian rivals Norfolk but despite the break from action, Huggins believes they are more than capable of progressing as he aims to get his hands on some silverware.

“We’re looking forward to it because it is a great opportunity for us to recreate what we achieved in 2007,” he said.

“Perhaps we were a touch lucky to get through to the quarter-finals but the important thing is that we are here now and we know we are only two games away from the final.

“We are there and that is all that matters and we will certainly be giving it our best shot.

“Staffordshire are a strong side but then so are we and with our strength in depth we know we have a great chance.

“With it being a one off game we have to be at our best from the very first ball, we can’t afford to grow into the game slowly.

“But if we perform to the level we know we are capable of then we should have no problems in progressing.”

Meanwhile, Bury St Edmunds will travel to Horsford tomorrow (11am) still searching for their first East Anglian Premier League victory after being held to a general draw by Cambridge Granta at the Victory Ground last weekend.

The hosts won the toss and reached a total of 279-3 in their 66 overs with Chris Lomas and Simon Rees (no) both reaching 90 to put Bury into a promising position.

However, a victory was denied as the visitors batted stoutly to reach 175-7 to claim a draw that leaves Bury tenth in the table.

Despite the winless run continuing, Huggins was proud of the performance and believes they are more capable of clinching their first win tomorrow.

“We didn’t win the game but I was still extremely proud of the performance and I am in no doubt that the first win is only round the corner,” he added.

“Horsford are a very strong side but if we focus on our own game and preform to level we are capable of then we stand a fighting chance of claiming a victory.”