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  1. Bury St Edmunds travelled to Norwich on Saturday to play a vital battle at the foot of the EAPL Sean Park won the toss and decided to field and this turned out to be an inspired decision as the League’s leading run scorer Jack Newley (976 runs) was out in the first over 5th ball caught by wicket keeper Alfie Marston off Alistair Allchin who then bowled Nipone Senaratine for 4. 16/2 became 17/3 when Dominic Manthorpe bowled William O’Donnell. This was the best opening bowling performance of the season and Manthorpe who has played his cricket for the MCC Academy had joined Allchin. Sean Cooper came on as first change and took the big wicket of home captain Ashley Watson for 14 with the score on 43, Cooper then took the wicket of Matthew Collinge lbw for 21 with the score on 87, there followed an even more decisive bowling as Josh Cantrell came on and Manthorpe returned the Norwich tail was blown away the last 5 wickets falling for just 9 runs Manthorpe finishing with the terrific figures of 8/3/13/3 Cantrell 7.3/3/8/2. This was an exceptional bowling performance but it still needed solid batting as Bury replied.

    The key was Murray Commins and he did not disappoint with Tom Curran they added 24 for the first wicket and with Luke Du Plooy (28) the score reached 68/2. Max Whittaker joined Commins (53 not out) to secure victory which earned 25 points to Norwich just 1, this closed the gap which had been 70 points 3 weeks ago to 7, all to play for in the last 4 games as both clubs battle to avoid the play offs.

    Bury’s 2ndteam entertained Woolpit’s 2nd team lost the toss and were asked to bat and scored 232/6,  Vivek (28) and Simon Aldous (54) made 74 for the first wicket, Ben Whittaker scored a very fluid 71 and George Loyd  58. Woolpit’s G.Drury was the pick of the attack with 2/42. In reply Woolpit were going well but regularly lost wickets Loyd taking 5/49 and Vivek a good spell of 8 overs 3/20. James Bradwell top scored with 69 but the visitors were all out for 191 giving victory by 41 runs.

    Bury’s 3rd team batted first at home to Braintree and scored an excellent 287 for 9, Brad Bosman scored 75 with Sandeep Singh 79, Dinesh chipped in with 25 in reply Braintree were all out for 226 Ollie Self taking 4 wickets and Finlay Bonas 2, a good Saturday with all 3 teams winning well.

    On Sunday the 1st travelled to Stowupland. Bury lost the toss and were put into the field. Early wickets and good bowling meant Stowupland were restricted to 117. Fin Bonas the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Bury in reply got off to a good start with Hugh Stanton reaching 53 which saw Bury reach their target in 22 overs only 4 wickets down!

    Bury’s Sunday 2nd team lost at home to Brockley the visitors scored 198 for 7 Sam Aldous taking 3/40 in reply Bury were all out for 157 Peter Smith and Sandeep Singh each scored 45.

    Greene King Players of the Week

    Dominic Manthorpe, Josh Cantrell, Murray Commins, George Loyd, Simon Aldous, Brad Bosman, Sandeep Singh, Ollie Self, Hugh Stanton, Finlay Bonas and Peter Smith.


    25th August

      Home Away
    1st team  Horsford  
    2nd team   @ Abberton
    3rd team   @ Great Bromley
    4th team Stradbroke  

    26th August

      Home  Away
    1st team  Walsham Le Willows  
    2nd team    


    On Monday the Victory Ground hosts the Suffolk Under 19 T 20 cricket finals day a competition Bury St Edmunds won in 2017.

  2. Bury St Edmunds entertained Cambridge Granta in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday, the visitors won the toss and elected to field with the damp outfield and covered wicket, the advantage if small was probably to field and with Rajan Singh who had taken 15.55 in the previous two weeks clearly they had a bowler in fine form. Alfie Marston was out early but Tom Curran (41) and Max Whittaker batted well not taking risks and gradually accumulating runs a partnership of 75 was achieved with Whittaker 31 not out as the second wicket fell, Murray Commins made 18 out when the score was on 113, 2 further wickets fell before 18 year old Whittaker was out for a superb 77 by far his highest at this level an innings that came off 125 deliveries and included 13 x 4. Sean Cooper (20 not out) and James McKinney (12 not out) added useful runs for the 8th wicket as the innings closed on 211 the previous week Bury had won defending 223 but would this be enough as four of the team from the previous week were not available from the that game?
    After an excellent lunch Alistair Allchin and Sean Cooper opened the bowling Allchin had Alex Sears out in the first over and Cooper Abbasi lbw in the 2nd with the score at 3.2 Jonathan Aitken was out caught by Alfie Marston bowled Allchin on 32 and two runs later Allchin ran out Ben Clough, he continued an excellent spell of bowling with Christopher Benjamin caught Marston and Lewys Hill caught Commins in a superb 10 over spell taking 32.4 and putting the home side in a strong position. James Mckinney had Chris Pepper caught by Sean Cooper who then bowled Rajan Singh at 71.8 t was pretty well game over Alfie Marston stumped Jake Lawrence and finally a catch by Ben Whittaker off Sean Park had Cambridge Grants all out for 96 off just 26.2 overs, the home supporters were slightly bemused two wins a remarkable performance with Cooper taking 2.20 Mckinney 2.24 and an early finish, Michael Pepper was a spectator being in the Essex squad for the next day he had scored 216 in this fixture earlier in the season, very much a change of fortune thanks in no small part to that early 75 run partnership.

    Bury's 2nd team won by one of wicket in a very tense game away to Dunmow, Bury Won the toss and bowled first. Charlie Cook took 3 quick wickets, well supported by Sam Aldous.  Dunmow slightly recovered after both these young bowlers had to be changed.  A wicket each for Peter Smith and Simon Aldous.  When Cook and Aldous returned the innings was quickly wrapped up by them, Charlie Cook 4 for 21 and Sam Aldous 4 for 13 (both off 9 overs) 4 catches for Mike Skelton and 3 for Adam Kizis at slip. Dunmow 92 all out
    In reply Burt’s batting struggled against the very accurate Barry Sewell, and despite a stoic 31 from Kizis, Bury thought the game was lost at 69 for 9, but Cook supported by Peter Smith slowly edged through the 70s and then into the 80s with  a massive 6 and 4 from Charlie Cook (29 not out)the game was won with Smith recording the best 0 not out off his career off 17  balls. Barry Sewell finishing with amazing figures of 7 for 19 off 16 overs for Dunmow. A win by just one wicket.

    Bury's 3rd team were well beaten away to West Bergholt who scored 285-2 in reply were all out for 64.

    The 4th team had a good game with Lakenheath's 2nd team who scored 293-1 thanks to one big innings the reply was 171-8.

    On Sunday Long Melford scored 172.9 with Ben Whittaker taking 4 for 20 in reply Bury made the target with Alfie Marston scoring 126 not out.

    The Sunday 2nd team had a very close match with Cavendish Bury scored 212-7, Rob Johnson Scoring 62, Andy Longford 38 and Dinesh 34. after tea Saurabh Gupta 2-22 off 10 overs and S. Harrison 1-48 off 10 overs opened the bowling and  Raj followed with  2-55 off his 10 overs. Cavendish took the game to the final over requiring 15 to win, the first two balls went for 10 but Bury managed to restrict the runs to win by just 4 runs in a very tense finish.

    Greene King Players of the week

    Tom Curran, Max Whittaker, Alistair Allchin, Charlie Cook, Samuel Aldous, Alfie Marston, Ben Whittaker and Rob Johnson.


    18th August

      Home Away
    1st team    @ Norwich
    2nd team  Woolpit 2nds  
    3rd team Braintree 2nds  
    4th team   @ Brockley 2nds

    19th August

      Home  Away
    1st team    @ Stowupland
    2nd team   @ Brockley
  3. On Saturday a local derby as Bury St Edmunds visited Mildenhall who won the toss and Bury St Edmunds were put into bat.

    Bury made a solid start; Hugh Stanton watchful was out for 13 having put on 55 for first wicket with Murray Commins, there followed a third wicket stand of 54 with Alfie Marston and Commins playing carefully against two very accurate Mildenhall spinners.

    At halfway (25 overs) Bury had only lost two wickets, so in second half of the innings Bury batsmen were able to play more attacking shots. Alfie Marston (29) and Murray Commins (84) were caught in deep going for big hits. From 142 for 4 Sean Park batted very well several times playing his speciality reverse sweep shot in a valuable innings of 41. James Sturgeon continued his good form with the bat finishing on 23 not out Bury used their late order wickets to good effect, scoring 73 from final ten overs - giving a total of 223 for 7.

    Mildenhall's innings at first was aided by flurry of wides, but Bury bowlers bowled gained more accuracy the first wicket of Tristan Blackledge was on 18 caught by James Sturgeon off George Loyd, the big breakthrough came on 75.1 by Sean Cooper; two wickets in one over including Ben Curran lbw (25) and Nick Maiolo caught at deep square leg by Alfie Marston. At 76-3 the game had changed

    Overs 30 to 40 were key; only 30 runs conceded and 3 wickets taken, including James Stamatis trapped LBW by Josh Cantrell after a 60 run partnership with Ben Shepperson.

    There was a quick-thinking stumping by James Sturgeon, who after catching the ball realised that batsman Tom Rash was out of his crease so threw down the wicket Shepperson followed bowled by Josh Cantrell and at 145 for 6 the game had swung in the visitors favour.

    Mldenhall's late order batsmen threatened an unlikely victory, but Murray Commins completed a good day by a running out Matt Allen and then taking a running catch to end the Mildenhall innings.

    Josh Cantrell bowled 10-2-34-3 with Cooper taking 2 for 39 and Park 2 for 34 as Mildenhall were all out for 202.

    Bury still adrift at bottom of Premier League table, but the team performed very well with good spirit.

    Bury’s 2nd team were at home to Long Melford and it was a disappointing day Long Melford scored 255 for 6 with Sam Aldous taking 1 for 41 off 9 overs. Pete Smith and Neil Jefferies also taking a wicket.

    Bury were all out for 101 with Simon Aldous 43 not out and Ben Whittaker 40.

    Bury’s 3rd team travelled to Sudbourne who won the toss and elected to bat first, Bury bowled well, Ollie Selfe and Elliet Bonas opened up  but their batting line up was probably the strongest we have faced this season and all the top 7 were decent players.

    One of their key players got a very good 100 but they all chipped in. The wickets were spread around, Andy Norburn got a couple, Ollie, Finlay Bonas, and Elliot all also picked up wickets. Sudbourne  ended on 263-6.

    Special mention for Eve Aldous who made her 3rd team Debut, and bowled 3 tidy overs and also fielded very well.

    With so many players on holiday this week batting was always going to be a struggle. Pete Thearle scored 30 at the top of the order, but the middle order was blown away and it was up to Kevin Dobson (33 not out) and Andy Norburn to get a few batting points at the end. Bury ended on 156-7.

    Bury St Edmunds  Sunday 1st XI beat Battisford  by 119 runs.

    This was potentially a tough test away to Battisford, Bury lost the toss and were put into bat, Max Whittaker and Alfie Marston quickly got Bury up to 100 in the first 10 overs however both openers fell shortly after, Bury continued to lose wickets however Josh Cantrell showed his class with 70 runs and helped Bury reach 270. 

    Bury restricted Battisford to a slow start with good bowling from the openers, Bury continued to take wickets throughout with little pressure from the Battisford batsmen which resulted in Battisford finishing on 157-8 off 40 overs. Ollie Selfe the pick of the bowlers with 10 overs, 5 maidens 2 for 25.

    Greene King Players of the Week

    Murray Commins, Sean Park, Sean Cooper, Josh Cantrell and Ollie Selfe.


    11th August

      Home Away
    1st team  Cambridge Granta  
    2nd team   @ Dunmow
    3rd team West Bergholt  
    4th team   @ Lakenheath 2nds

    12th August

      Home  Away
    1st team  Long Melford  
    2nd team Cavendish  
  4. Bury St Edmunds entertained Swardeston in the EAPL on Saturday, the home side won the toss and elected to bat, young Hugh Stanton opened having achieved a big score in the 2nd team the previous week but premier league cricket is a big step up and he lost his wicket early, Max Whittaker soon followed before Murray Commins (33) and Alfie Marston (19) took the score to 62 both were out at 100 and soon it became 134 for 6 but Sean Park batted very well and along with Josh Cantrell added 111 runs for the 7th wicket but both wickets fell on 245 and the tail failed, the problem is that Bury needed to bat the full 64 overs but were all out in the 59 over the visitors therefore had 61 overs to reach the target.

    Bury bowled well and the first 17 overs only yielded 51 runs  by this time Sean Cooper had Jason Reynolds superbly caught by Cantrell at slip, Jordan Taylor batted well for 52 before being lbw to Cooper, James Mckinney took 2 further wickets but Swardeston bat right down the order and visitors captain Joe Gatting remained 69 not out to lead his team home in the 60th over with 8 balls to spare, after the game Gatting paid tribute to the high quality pitch achieved after considerable hard work by all concerned with looking after the Victory Ground 519 runs were scored by far the most in the EAPL on Saturday. Cooper was the pick of the home attack taking 2 for 51 off 12 overs and Mckinney 2.46 off 9.



    Bury’s 2nd team had their game away to Easton cancelled apparantly heavy rain but no opportunity was given for a shorter game leaving many disappointed players.

    Bury’s 3rd team entertained Worlingworth again on an excellent track the visitors batted first scoring 220 for 5 off the allocated 45 overs, Ed Parker top scored with 61 and Dom Absolon scored 51. Oliver Selfe was the best home bowler with figures of 13-3-45-2 Bury struggled in reply losing regular wickets Ellis Edwards (27) and Sandeep Singh (18) helped the score but it was a last wicket stand of 52 runs between Kirk Bonas (44) and Andrew Norburn (13 not out) that added extra points to the home team.


    The Sunday games were lost to the weather.


    Greene King Players of the week

    Sean Park, Josh Cantrell, Oliver Selfe and Kirk Bonas.


    4th August

      Home Away
    1st team    @ Mildenhall
    2nd team Long Melford @ Easton
    3rd team   @ Sudbourne Hill
    4th team   @ Haverhill 3rds

    5th August

      Home  Away
    1st team  Battisford  
    2nd team   -
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