Captain hopeful of good run after maiden victory

RELIEF: Douglas-Hughes

RELIEF: Douglas-Hughes

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Halstead captain Charlie Douglas-Hughes is confident of putting together a winning sequence after climbing off the foot of Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One with a first win of the season.

After six successive defeats, the wait for a victory finally came to an end last week as Freddy Preston (59) and Mark Johnson (75no) steered the club to a six-wicket success over fellow strugglers Ipswich.

Now with renewed confidence ahead of welcoming Haverhill to Star Stile on Saturday (1pm), a relieved Douglas-Hughes is hopeful of building on momentum.

“Relief is definitely the right word to describe our feelings,” he said. “The victory has been long overdue and after coming close in previous weeks, we were happy to finally chase down a total and win.

“It had become a mental struggle and I think we just had to remember how to win games, we have learned from this.

“It had nothing to do with our quality — we are more than a match for anyone.

“That includes Haverhill, we definitely feel it is a game we can win and are confident of doing so.”

Meanwhile, Sudbury head to Clacton-on-Sea on Saturday (11am) on the back of a 10-wicket defeat to Horsford, leaving the club just one place off the foot of the East Anglian Premier League.