Michael Comber has admitted that his Bury St Edmunds side will be gunning for their former player Tom Huggins when they take on local rivals Sudbury this Saturday.
In 2014, the experienced Huggins ended a nine-season association with Bury in favour of a move up the A134.
Now, as Bury prepare to make the short trip to Friars Street for the East Anglian Premier Cricket League clash, Comber believes that snaring Huggins’ wicket early on could prove decisive.
“Tom Huggins is our biggest target, there is no doubt about that,” said the Bury captain.
“He is a very good cricketer and Sudbury’s talisman.
“When you turn up to face Sudbury, getting Tom out early is a big part of the game.
“If he falls early, the guys around him do not tend to back him up and the rot sets in.
“it is a bit like us if we lose Callum Taylor. It has a negative impact on the whole team.
“Getting Tom early would be lovely and may well be key to us eventually winning the game.”
Bury, who will be boosted by the presence of new overseas signing Chintan Pashankar, go into the game on the back of two straight defeats.
The most recent of those was a particularly hefty eight-wicket loss at Swardeston - a match that saw Bury score just 93 runs before being bowled out.
However, Comber is not unduly concerned and feels that the team will soon start showing their full potential.
“It is not ideal preparation for the Sudbury game, but it should not have an impact,” he added.
“We are a strong side and will bounce back soon, I am sure of that. Training has been great.
“If we play our best cricket against Sudbury, I am confident we will win.”
n Meanwhile, players from both teams will be in action for Suffolk when they take on Hertfordshire this Sunday.
It is the final Unicorns Knock-out Trophy group game for the Suffolk side, who have nothing but pride to play for at the Victory Ground.
“We’ll approach Sunday’s game like any other game. We are looking for our first win this season and we are getting stronger each week,” said skipper Huggins.
Suffolk squad: Tom Huggins (capt), Martyn Cull, Ben Parker, Darren Batch, Michael Comber, Jack Beaumont, Tom Rash, Adam Mansfield (wkt), Meryn Westfield, Matt Wareing, Ben Reece, Nathan Poole, Mark Nunn