Phillips is relieved at good start

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Sudbury Cricket Club 
captain Jonathan Phillips admitted to being relieved not to slip up on a potential banana skin on the first day of the season.

He said there is plenty to improve on ahead of their first home game with Haverhill on Saturday (1pm), but was just glad to get a win under their belts at Witham.

“For us, getting the win was the most important thing,” he said of their 32-run victory in Essex. “Concentrating on getting performances right comes after.

“It was a potential banana skin, especially as Witham had a game the previous week which gave them a headstart.”

He said ‘the positives outweighed the negatives’ in the performance, their first back in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, but said they spoke after about where they need to improve and will do so again before facing Haverhill, with last season’s mid-table outfit losing their opening game by 105 runs against Worlington.

“I would have been more worried if we strolled through and had not been tested,” said Phillips.

One of the big plus-points was seeing overseas professional Mike Jones getting into his bowling rhythm, taking three wickets in his first game.

With youngster Ben Hyett also an off-spinner, Phillips has decided he will benefit from more of an opportunity to get overs under his belt in the second team’s game at Abberton (1pm), with Steve Witham coming in.

“Ben and Mike will be used together as the season goes on,” said Phillips.