Poulson: ‘I owed it to Sudbury to stay’

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Vice-captain James Poulson said he owed it to Sudbury to stay loyal to the club following their relegation from the top tier of regional cricket.

Poulson was a member of the Sudbury side relegated from the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League to the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship last September.

The 19-year-old has been made vice-captain this season of a Sudbury side who have made a flying start to life in Division One with five wins in a row.

The Suffolk all-rounder said: “There were times when perhaps I thought I should leave, but I owe a lot to Sudbury who brought me through their junior system and gave me my chance in the first team.

“As a club the first team had a poor season last year and I thought it would be wrong of me to walk away and leave the club.

“I am trying to get them back into the Premier League, which is where we should be with the quality of players we have got. We have won five out of five, but we know we need to keep performing and not rest on our laurels after making a good start.

“We have ground out some results so far, but if we keep on improving we have got a good chance of winning the league and reaching the end-of-season play-off final.

“I am vice-captain this year, and it is good to be involved – it has really motivated me to ensure the team does well and gets back into the Premier League.”

Poulson said Sudbury have benefited from having his Suffolk county colleague Tom Huggins, who lives in the town and is a Level 4 coach, helping the club with their pre-season preparations.

And the arrival of all-rounder Mike Jones, who last season played for Woolpit in the East Anglian Premier League, has also been a big plus.

“Mike has fitted in really well and everyone has stepped up to the plate as they have the desire to get back into the Premier League – the whole club is behind us,” said Poulson.