Tom takes the reins as Suffolk’s new Minor Counties captain

LOOKING AHEAD: Tom Huggins feels Suffolk have a nucleus of good young players

LOOKING AHEAD: Tom Huggins feels Suffolk have a nucleus of good young players

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Tom Huggins said the nucleus of good young players in the county bodes well after he was named as Suffolk’s new Minor Counties captain.

The 31-year-old succeeds his Bury St Edmunds team-mate Justin Bishop, who announced at the end of the season that he was stepping down from the role after six years in charge.

Huggins moved to Suffolk to play for Bury St Edmunds following his release from Northamptonshire in 2005, and made his Minor Counties debut the following year. He has since developed from an opening batsman into a genuine all-rounder.

He won the Wilfred Rhodes Trophy for the leading batting average in the whole of the Minor Counties in 2013 and this season finished as the third highest wicket-taker in the country with a total of 40 victims in the one-day and three-day formats.

Huggins, who skippered Suffolk for five of their six Championship matches in 2010 while Bishop was injured, said: “I am very proud to play for Suffolk. Although it is not my home county it has become my home county.

“I have played for Suffolk for nine years now and to be offered the captaincy on a full-time basis is a privilege and an honour.”

Huggins, who works for the Suffolk Cricket Board and is a Level 4 coach, has coached the Development XI – effectively the county’s under-21 side – in recent years.

He added: “There are a lot of good young players coming through in the county which is promising for the future of Suffolk cricket. We have a good nucleus of young players which can only bode well for the future.”

Sudbury’s James Poulson and Nathan Poole, and former Sudbury player Adam Mansfield, have all come through the Development side.

n Suffolk’s Minor Counties side will take part in a new T20 competition next season. The competition will initially be held on a round-robin basis with the winners going through to a finals day.