Bury St Edmunds opened their season on a magnificent surface at the Victory Ground with 3 debutants and two returning players, winning the toss Sean Cooper asked Great Witchingham to bat in the hope to get early wickets, the bowling was accurate but with little movement the visitors openers James Spellman and Sam Arthurton dug in, these two players have scored a large proportion of the teams runs and so it again proved on Saturday, they added 123 for the first wicket before Arthurton was lbw to Mark Nunn for 47, Spellman was caught by wicket keeper James Sturgeon for 76 with the score on 153, the only other visitor to score significant ruins was Hale with 66 as wickets fell at regular intervals. Justin Bishop on his return to action took 3/44. Nunn 1/36 off his 10 overs and Dominic Manthorpe 2/43. Josh Cantrell showed promise with 7 overs of spin and 1/37. Great Withchingham ended their 50 overs on 254/8.
This season the first 5 and final 6 EAPL game are 50 overs each. Bury did not make a great start losing two early wickets Manthorpe was 3rd out for 11 and while Justin Bishop battled on being very well caught for 40.
Josh Cantrell made 32 and Alistair Allchin 36, Mark Nunn contributed 21 and Sean Cooper 25 not out as the home team reached 202/8 at one stage the target did not look beyond them, the side is packed with all round cricketers in what is a tough league.
Bury’s 2nd team won well away to Wivenhoe 2nds a team that pipped them for the Division 4 championship last season Wivenhoe were restricted to 136/8 Vivek and Hassam Dahar taking two wickets each remarkably Glenford Boyce bowled 5 overs for no runs and a wicket. Bury scored the runs with several overs to spare Luke De Plooy scoring 33 Alfie Marston 49 and Ben Whittaker 27.
Sadly the 3rd team match at home to West Mersea was called off as the visitors could not raise a side.
On Sunday the 1st team won at Battisford. Batting first Josh Toon (57) and Alfie Marston put on 182 for the first wicket, Marston scoring 160 in a total of 324/8.
In reply Battisford were all out for 124 Charlie Cook and Frank Stennett both taking two wickets but Oliver Riddick bowled very well with 5/25 off 9 overs.
The Sunday 2nd team lost at home to Risby the visitors scored 247 with Saurabh taking 3 wickets in reply Bury were all out for 188 Akhilesh making 37 Dinesh 30 and Ellis Edwards 20.
Greene King players of the week Justin Bishop, Alfie Marston, Oliver Riddick and Josh Toon.
Next week the 1st team are away to Horsford the 2nd team at home to Exning, on Sunday the 1st team are at home to Woolpit.