Talented fast bowler Matthew Hunn has said he has moved to Sudbury’s divisional rivals Bury St Edmunds in order to fulfil his professional dreams.
After bowling against the country’s highest-ranked county side Warwickshire in winter training only last month, the teenager is hoping a move up the A134 to Bury can prove to be the next step on his journey to the top of the game.
The Suffolk bowling ace, 19 last month, said: “I was advised by Warwickshire to move there because the track is different to Sudbury — it is a bit quicker and harder.
“I was advised to move somewhere else to test me as a bowler.
“On harder pitches, if the length is slightly wrong, you get punished a lot easier.”
Hunn shone at Sudbury in his first and second seasons at Friars Street before glandular fever ended his campaign prematurely last year.
But that was only after a scintillating spell with ball in hand for Suffolk had seen him recommended to eventual LV= County Championship winners Warwickshire by his county coach.
A mid-summer trial saw Hunn, a former pupil at St Joseph’s College in Ipswich, invited back for winter training with their bowling coach, who has said he will keep an eye on his progress at Bury.
Hunn said: “I met up with Batchy (Sudbury captain Darren Batch) face-to-face and explained my decision and he completely understood it, but was disappointed.
“I loved my time at Sudbury and will never forget it as they gave me the chance to play in the (East Anglian) Premier League and then Suffolk, which got me my trial with Warwickshire.”
Hunn will join up with last season’s Suffolk captain Justin Bishop and vice-captain Tom Huggins at Bury, with the new season starting on April 20.
A reunion with Sudbury will come just five games into the new campaign when Bury visit Friars Street for the first instalment of the keenly-contested derby.
Of his future ambitions, he said: “I would to play first-class cricket, it would be a dream come true.”
Sudbury are due to play their first warm-up game in a home friendly with Two Counties Championship Division Two side Long Melford at Friars Street on Saturday (1pm) ahead of their opener at newly-promoted Woolpit.
But before that the club finish their preparations by travelling to Wales for two games, the first a Twenty20 match the following Friday in Colwyn Bay or Llandudno (dependent on pitch conditions) against a Wales Select XI.
The second game will be against Wales’ best club side, Llandudno the following day.
Captain Batch has a full squad to select from, other than Jay Phillips, who will not be travelling due to his wife having recently given birth.
n See next week’s Free Press for our definitive preview to the local cricket season.