Nathan Poole has tipped new recruit Akeal Hosein to prove the key in Sudbury Cricket Club’s quest to lift the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division One title.
Having joined the club last week, the Trinidad and Tobago international enjoyed a promising debut, taking a wicket and scoring 78 to help guide Sudbury to a one wicket victory over Halstead, a fifth straight success in the league.
And with Sudbury holding a 12 point advantage over closest rivals Witham at the top of the table, Poole is confident Hosein will be the decisive factor in the battle for league honours.
“It was a really promising debut and we were really pleased with his batting and bowling,” said Poole, whose side travel to Frinton-on-Sea II on Saturday (1pm). “He was actually disappointed not to score more and fall when he did, but we all thought he batted extremely well.
“He also bowled really well and was unlucky not to take more wickets, it was a really great first performance. He could certainly prove to be the key to us being able to finish top of the league at the end of the season.
“We have a really strong squad, but Akeal adds that extra bit of quality which is crucial and really pushes us on.
“The next match, on paper, is a great chance to continue our good form and keep us on track.
“However we know Frinton are the kind of side who are capable of causing an upset on the day.
“We have to be wary of their threat, but if we play to our best ability then we should be able to come away with a win.”