Long Melford captain Gareth Boon is looking to Nick Wright’s runs to help lead their charge up the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three table.
After not being able to play many games last season — as the Meetingfield side won only four of their 22 matches as they finished bottom of Division Two — Wright is committed to a full campaign this time around.
And he showed plenty of early promise during an inter-club warm-up game at the weekend, retiring after a century stand of 103.
“Hopefully on the batting front Nick Wright can keep the runs going,” said Boon. “Division Two was not a step too far, we just did not perform on the day.
“Hopefully we will have more players available this year than last year.
“We went up a league and I do not know whether some people thought they were not good enough, but it is a job just to try and field the same XI when you are losing rather than winning every game.”
But consolidation, rather than bouncing straight back up to Division Two, will be the aim.
“If promotion comes along, it would be greatly received, but I would say consolidating is the aim this year,” he said.
Fast bowler Stuart Whitehart and James French will lead the bowling attack for Boon’s side when they open their campaign at home to Needham Market on Saturday (1pm).
In Division Six, Long Melford II (fourth) travel to newly-promoted St Osyth.
In the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Sunday League, Long Melford Sunday begin their Division Three campaign at home to Acton on May 4, while Long Melford Sunday II open in Division Five at home to Elveden a week on Sunday (both 1.30pm).