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Captain Mark Nunn believes Newmarket’s losing start to the new season should act as a ‘wake-up call’ for his men.

The newly-promoted Stampede headed into the 2022 Whiting & Partners Division One campaign with a batch of new additions and plenty of optimism.

But so far it has not been reflected in results, with last weekend’s 107-run defeat at Wisbech making it three straight losses, leaving Nunn’s men bottom of the pile.

Newmarket have started the new season with three defeats in a row. Picture: Mark Westley
Newmarket have started the new season with three defeats in a row. Picture: Mark Westley

The all-rounder, who top scored against Wisbech with his unbeaten knock of 68, said: “It’s been a poor start and nowhere near what we wanted.

“Like any team we wanted to make a winning start and gain some confidence and momentum from that, but it hasn’t happened.

“It’s a wake-up call. Division One is a much better standard to what we played last year and we have to adapt.

Skipper Mark Nunn top scored during the most recent loss at Wisbech. Picture: Mecha Morton
Skipper Mark Nunn top scored during the most recent loss at Wisbech. Picture: Mecha Morton

“But there are no panic stations. It’s still very early and we know we have the players to compete at this level, we just need to start putting on some strong performances.”

Newmarket’s next opportunity to break their duck comes on Saturday when they welcome seventh-placed March Town to The Severals (1pm).

And Nunn is confident that one win can spark the team into life.

“It’s the same as any sporting team – you get on a losing run and confidence becomes low,” he continued.

“One win changes everything and it gets that momentum building quickly.

“It’s also very important to remember that this is only our second year as a club, so staying in Division One is our main aim.

“We need to start winning, but I’m confident we’ll do that and achieve our target.”

If the victories are to start flowing, Newmarket will need to improve significantly with the bat.

Twice they have been bowled out for 151, while at home against Ramsey the team lasted until the 27th over before being all out for 96.

“We’ve probably been outplayed in two of the three games,” reflected Nunn.

“In one of those we were 107-3 and then ended up being all out for 151 – that isn’t enough. And then against Ramsey we were chasing around 200 and found ourselves 7-4.

“It’s been a combination of things. Some of it is decision making, some of it is shot selection and some of it is technique.

“We should also credit the bowlers because they’ve put the ball in the right areas, asked us questions and too often we haven’t been able to answer them.”