Huggins is aiming to keep run going

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Tom Huggins has made a flying start to life at Sudbury, but insists they cannot afford any slip-ups if they are to clinch a return to the Premier League.

After dropping down a league at the end of last season, Huggins has already made a big impact at Friars Street.

The Suffolk captain has helped Sudbury open their Two Counties Division One campaign with five consecutive wins, the latest a 39-run victory against local rivals Halstead which saw them rise to the top of the table.

But despite Sudbury having now reached the 100-point mark after only five games, Huggins insists they are keeping their feet firmly on the ground ahead of Saturday’s home clash with Frinton-on-Sea II (1pm).

“We’ve done well so far but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves,” Sudbury’s opening batsmen said. “It’s very early days.

“I don’t know a great deal about this league other than the five games that I’ve played.

“We’re in a brilliant position and we need to keep performing and upping the performances.”

The Sudbury opener has hit a total of 431 runs so far this season, the most out of anyone across all of the Two Counties leagues, but Huggins was quick to praise the efforts of his team-mates in orchestrating their great start to the campaign.

“We’ve got a well-balanced side with some good cricketers,” he said. “There have been some notable performances from individuals, but it has been a team effort.

“Billy Moulton-Day has bowled well throughout, Ben Reece has made some vital innings’ and Ben Hyett took five wickets at Maldon.

“It’s not always about the big innings. The little supporting roles like Darren Batch’s 30 odd at Coggeshall have been important.”

Sudbury followers could be forgiven for feeling a sense of déjà vu, as the Friars-Street based outfit began the 2014 season with five straight wins, before eventually finishing fifth in their first season back in Division One.

But Huggins is hoping his new side can maintain their good start this time round, and admitted he is enjoying his cricket at Sudbury.

“I’m loving it,” the 32-year-old former Bury St Edmunds batsman said. “They’re a good bunch of lads.

“I moved to Sudbury for a different challenge to get them back into the Premier League.”

Following the visit of Frinton this weekend, Huggins and his team-mates gear up for a top-of-the-table clash away at Wivenhoe, who are currently second and two points behind Sudbury having also won all five of their first five fixtures.

“Wivenhoe are on a bit of a roll, but Saturday is a big game for us,” he said. “We can’t afford any slip-ups.

“We’re focusing solely on this Saturday and getting maximum points.”