Huggins is remaining confident despite Bury’s disastrous form

REMAINING CONFIDENT: Tom Huggins is hopeful of victory over rivals Sudbury despite suffering a winless start to the current EAPL season.
REMAINING CONFIDENT: Tom Huggins is hopeful of victory over rivals Sudbury despite suffering a winless start to the current EAPL season.
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Copdock and OI 222 beat Bury St Edmunds 175
by 47 runs

Captain Tom Huggins remains confident of victory over rivals Sudbury tomorrow (11am) despite a disastrous start to the EAPL season.

The two clubs meet at Friars Street to resume their rivalry for the first time in the current East Anglain Premier League campaign with Matt Hunn making his first return to Sudbury since his summer move up the A134 to Bury.

And although his side currently sit bottom of the league, five places below and 20 points worse off than their Suffolk counterparts after a third consecutive defeat against Copdock and Old Ipswichian, Huggins is remaining positive ahead of their derby encounter.

“It is a one-off type of game and form goes out the window in a derby match,” he said.

“Despite our poor form this season, we are confident of winning because we have match winners within our team who can make the difference.

“One of those is Matt Hunn who bowled brilliantly against Copdock. He is a brilliant lad and it will great to see him go back to Sudbury and hopefully make a big impact.

“We have been relatively happy with our performances, but now it is about going out and getting a win, hopefully starting against Sudbury.”

Copdock won the toss and elected to bat, Hunn starting positively to take the first two wickets with the score at 27-2.

Suffolk players Chris Swallow and Martin Cull stabilised the innings take the score to 159, before wickets tumbled at regular intervals as Hunn finished with (5-57), the home ending on 222.

The Bury reply followed a similar pattern, Huggins was out for 11, but Justin Bishop (37) and Abishek Jhunjhunwala (78) put on 101 for the third wicket.

Chris Lomas showed some good touch for 20 and Oliver Huggins with 11, but the Bury lower order could not muster sufficient runs, finishing all out for 176 as Bury slumped to another defeat.

n Elsewhere, the second team entertained Brightlingsea, who batted first and made a total of 207-5.

In reply Hugo Rynsard-Perry made 39, Olly Magnus 34 and James Sturgeon 47, but it was not enough as Bury fell 17 runs short of victory.

n The third team entertained Ipswich III and with Owen Grisby hitting (116) and Henry Colburn (121), well supported by Andrew Green with a quick-fire 36, eased to a 170-run victory.

n The fourth team slumped to a seven-wicket defeat away at Battisford, despite a promising 95 from Ellis Edwards.

n In the Sunday encounters, both Bury’s first and second teams lost, to Sudbury and Battisford respectively.

n Meanwhile, Suffolk kicked off their Minor Counties Championship Knockout Trophy campaign in disappointing fashion, going down to a 37-run loss to Shropshire on Sunday.

Chasing a target of 230, Bury lost wickets at crucial times and despite an impressive knock of 69 from captain Huggins, Suffolk slumped to defeat.