Huggins keen not to endure repeat run of form

HEAVY DEFEAT: Bury captain Tom Huggins makes the long walk back to the pavilion after being given out for five in his side's loss to Swardeston on Saturday
HEAVY DEFEAT: Bury captain Tom Huggins makes the long walk back to the pavilion after being given out for five in his side's loss to Swardeston on Saturday
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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Bury St Edmunds 93 lost to Swardeston 94-2 by eight wickets: Captain Tom Huggins has warned Bury St Edmunds need to secure a maiden win soon to avoid getting stuck in another losing rut.

Ahead of a trip to Copdock and Old Ipswichian tomorrow (11am) the Victory Ground-based outfit are still awaiting a first victory this season, with defeat to Swardeston following a general draw with Woolpit on the opening day of the season.

And having his seen his side remain winless for the first 13 games of last season before finally tasting victory in July, Huggins is keen for his young squad not to endure a repeat of that run.

“Obviously we were disappointed with the defeat, it is not the end of the world but we can not keep making the same mistakes,” he said. “We don’t want to get stuck in a rut like last year and it is crucial that we have a good start this season.

“Winning is contagious and that is what we want to instil throughout the squad.

“Saturday will be a game where anything can happen but we know if we perform to our best ability then we are capable of beating anyone in this league.

“There is still plenty of scope for improvement from the whole squad and so that is encouraging, but we need to stand up and be counted.”

On Saturday, Bury were outclassed by 2013 champions Swardeston as they commenced their home Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League campaign.

Rain delayed the start, but in favourable bowling conditions the visitors won the toss and invited the home side to bat.

For the second week running, the Bury batsmen struggled against an excellent bowling attack with Suffolk players Tom Huggins, Justin Bishop, Simon Rees and Adam Mansfield all out with just 36 runs scored.

Russell Stockdale could not repeat his heroics of the previous week and was out for 12.

James Sturgeon (18 from 36 balls) and debutant Tom Curran (17 from 19 balls) took the score to 89 before Bury were all out for 93.

Swardeston did not have it all their own way, losing two wickets, but Jordan and Callum Taylor — batting in improved conditions — won the game.

n There was no games for Bury’s second or third strings, but Bury IV took on Brockley II in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Eight West.

Bury crumbled to 66-9 by the 31st over, but Simon Loughe and Sandeep Singh added another 30 runs to give the fourth team a defendable total on a traditionally low-scoring pitch.

In reply, the opening bowling attack of Tom Curry and Rob Petit displayed fine control, reducing Brockley to 18-4 in 15 overs and when Saurabh Gupta and Sandeep took over, the pressure did not ease.

All four bowlers excelled and Rob Petit’s 5-17, along with his 11 runs with the bat, secured him the man-of-the-match award.

n Bury Sunday I’s 249-3, in reply to Walsham-le-Willows’ 245-5, was good enough for them to win their opening Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One match of the season.

Phil Godden (113no) was well supported by Ian Plumb (54), Tom Fairweather (40) and Adam Kizis (20no).

n Bury Sunday II also won a high-scoring encounter, edging past Earl Stonham with two balls to spare in their match against Earl Stonham.

Matt Fields starred with 156 — including eight sixes — and Taylor Edwards gave good support with 40no.

Greene King players of the week: Rob Petit, Phil Godden and Matt Fields.