Sudbury Cricket Club’s Tom Huggins has spoken of his excitement as Suffolk’s county side enter a new era this weekend, writes Nick Garnham.
Former Woolpit captain and Italian international Andy Northcote has taken over as coach this season following the retirement of team manager Bobby Flack.
Suffolk travel to Ampthill on Sunday (11am) to play Bedfordshire in their opening one-day fixture in the Unicorns Trophy, with ex-Essex cricketer Mervyn Westfield in the side.
There is also a recall for Sudbury skipper Darren Batch, and Bury St Edmunds captain Michael Comber has been added to the squad after initially indicating he would not be available.
Ex-Yorkshire wicket-keeper batsman Simon Guy, who had been the county’s player-coach for the past four years, will not be playing this season, allowing Sudbury’s Adam Mansfield to take the gloves.
Huggins, the former Bury St Edmunds all-rounder who is now player-coach at Sudbury, said: “With Andy coming in as coach there is a lot of positivity around us at the moment.
“We have a slightly-changed squad, with players who have previously been overlooked being selected on merit.
The squad includes four players from Sudbury – Huggins, Batch, Mansfield and Ben Reece.
n Sudbury’s start to life in the East Anglian Cricket Premier League was halted by the weather on Saturday.
They had been due to face champions Frinton-on-Sea, but the game was washed out,
This Saturday, Swardeston will be the visitors to Friars Street (11am).
n Former Hadleigh Cricket Club bowler Reece Topley could be out of action for up to two months after fracturing his right hand on his Hampshire debut earlier this month.
Topley, who is an England international, picked up the injury while batting for Hampshire in their Specsavers County Championship Division One opener against Warwickshire.
Suffolk County Cricket Club squad to face Bedfordshire: T Huggins (c), S Webb-Snowling, M Cull, B Parker, D Batch, M Comber, M Westfield, T Rash, A Mansfield (wkt), D Manthorpe, M Wareing, B Reece.