Wicketkeeper Adam Mansfield is aiming to put a frustrating few weeks firmly behind him between now and the end of the season.
The 22-year-old is hoping to be back behind the stumps soon for both Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk after breaking his left index finger while playing for Cambridge MCCU in early April.
He is in the Suffolk side for the three-day game against Buckinghamshire, starting at Ipswich School on Sunday (11am), although Simon Guy is expected to continue to keep wicket.
Mansfield said: “I have broken the finger a few times and broke it again at the start of this season in early April while keeping wicket for MCCU.
“I have had to get it repaired properly, rather than just resting it for a few weeks.
“I had six weeks out and have been playing as a batsman since coming back.
“When you are keeping wicket, you are constantly taking the ball, whereas in the field it is only occasionally.
“Bury St Edmunds skipper Tom Huggins has been really good and told me not to rush back, and said when I am ready to keep wicket again I will do so.
“Not only is he a good bloke to have as your captain, but he is a fantastic coach to have to teach you about cricket.”
Mansfield, who joined East Anglian Premier League side Bury from Sudbury in the winter, saw Bury fail to build upon their first win of the season, against Burwell, when last Saturday’s match against Vauxhall Mallards was abandoned due to rain.
He said: “It has been a disappointing start to the season, but we said if we can get one win then we can hopefully push on and get some more.
“We have had some bad luck in terms of losing the toss and not being able to finish teams out, but hopefully it will even itself out over the season.”
Mansfield was expected to keep for Suffolk in three-day matches this season, but former Yorkshire wicket-keeper Guy has taken the gloves so far in his absence.
“It is hard to oust Simon Guy as wicket-keeper, but hopefully if I am fit enough I will get my chance,” he said. “Simon is a good keeper.”