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  1. Cricket May 12th & 13th

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    Bury St Edmunds travelled to Swardeston on Saturday, lost the toss and the home side batted in excellent conditions. Jason Reynolds was caught by wicket keeper Alfie Marston early but Jordan Taylor was joined by his brother Calum who played for Bury during the 2016 season, Calum is a professional with Essex and played a terrific innings having already made a big score for Essex II team during the week. The brothers added 154 runs before Jordan who had survived a run out was caught by Sean Cooper off Allchin for 60. Joe Gatting scored 15 and Stephen Gray 12 both caught by Sean Park off the bowling of Josh Cantrell before the same combination finally had Calum Taylor out for 173 an innings that included 8 x 6 all in the near boundary by the properties. At 285 for 5 it became the Josh Cantrell show as he removed no less than 7 Swardeston batsman, Alfie Marston being involved in a further 3 dismissals, the rain came at 14.00 as players left the field with 47 overs played, strangely the remaining 3 overs had to be bowled after lunch. A score of 338 for 9 was made, Josh Cantrell taking 10-1-59-7 a superb bowling spell. Another positive for Bury was the leg spin bowling of Ollie Riddick whose 8 overs went for just 37 runs.

    Light rain prevented any play due to the wet outfield which hardly changed when the umpires decided play was possible at 5.30 pm Bury had a revised target under Duckworth/Lewis of 179 off 21 overs at 8.52 runs per over this was always a very unlikely target more so as they lost 5 wickets but Murray Commins (26 not out) and Alfie Marston restored some respectability with a unbroken stand, Marston making 58 not out that included 5 x 4 and 3 x 6 one shot bring a tile off the nearby house. No batting points were possible due to the reduced overs as the game ended with Bury on 105 for 5.

    Bury’s  2nd team played a shortened game of 30 overs per side at home to Easton who batted first and started off very quickly, with A Green leading the way with 48.  From being 73 for 2 off 12 overs,  Bury got back into the game, and bowled Easton out for 121.  The pick of the bowlers was Billy Riddick with 4 for 7, followed up by Vivek 2 for 29 off 10, and Ben Whittaker 3 for 47 off 10 overs.

    In reply with the rain getting ever closer,  Bury were positive from the start,  Hugh Stanton with a quick fire 22 and Max Whittaker’ excellent 65, with 9 fours. The home team crossed the line before the rain was too heavy Sam Harrison with 10 off 7 balls.

    Bury’s 3rd team played away to Worlingworth despite having a weakened side and 4 players making their 3rd team debut they still came away with 4 points largely thanks to John Hayes who took 5 wickets. The young players did a great job - Freddie Faiers opened the bowling, bowled well and was excellent in the field, Max Harrison also bowled well and got a few runs and Nils De Jong bowled the last 6 overs from one end, bowled well and picked up a wicket.

    Not so young Neil Jefferies opened  the bowling  removing the 2 openers as Worlingworth scored 220 for 8

    Batting wasn’t a great success, George Boughton top scored with 30 a Bury were well short, Worlingworth is a lovely ground and they were great opposition who played the game the right way.

    The Sunday 1st team were away to Long Melford who scored 164 in another good cricket match. Young Yan Johnson on debut taking a wicket and Neil Jefferies bowled remarkably well taking 3 wickets in one over but Oliver Riddick with 4 for 30 off his 10 overs that made maximum impact, Alfie Marston continued his excellent form with 75 well supported by Samuel Aldous as Bury won with 6 wickets down.

    The Sunday 2nd team played away to Cavendish batted first and scored 170 runs in 30 overs Peter Smith batted well with 63, he was well supported by Saurabh Gupta with 46, the home side made an excellent start and won the game in the 28th over with 4 wickets down.

    Greene King Players of the Week

    Josh Cantrell, Alfie Marston, Billy Riddick, Max Whittaker, John Hayes, Ollie Riddick, Peter Smith and Neil Jefferies.


    19th May

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

    20th May

      Home  Away
    1st team  Battisford  
    2nd team Stowmarket  
    Ladies   @ Felixstowe
  2. Cricket May 5th & 6th (& 7th)

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    Saturday provided a significant first win for Bury St Edmunds in the East Anglian Premier League, Vauxhall Mallards won the toss and elected to bat and were soon in trouble as George Loyd bowled with  great effect swinging the new ball and taking the first 4 wickets; 2 bowled, an lbw and superb catch by Josh Cantrell at slip as the visitors were reduced to 33 for 4. However Nicholas Smit and Oliver Stone battled hard to bring their side back in the game, Stone is a very promising fast bowler contracted to Warwickshire who showed he can also bat. These two added 152 before Smit was out for 80 caught by Cantrell off Sean Park, Stone soon followed caught by Loyd off James Mckinney for 69, Alistair Allchin had bowled well without success but he caught a juggling catch on the boundary as Loyd secured his 5th wicket returning figures of 9-0-32-5. After 50 over Mallards were 217 for 8, it was a good all round performance by the home side.

    Bury’s innings started badly losing two wickets to Paul Bradshaw for just one run, however as Murray Commins joined Luke Du Plooy both batted exceptionally well. Du Plooy stood firm scoring just 6 runs off the first 12 overs, Commins played his array of strokes as the home side created stability - gradually Bury took control and Du Plooy having taken the shine off the ball scored 4 x 6, one hitting the pavilion roof. These two achieved a partnership of 139 but in the 24th over as is often the case both batsman were out Commins for 69 and DuPlooy for 65 his best ever score at this level. New batsman Sean Park and Josh Cantrell rebuilt the innings and both batted well as they carried the home to victory, Park ending 40 not out and Cantrell 32 not out.

    Bradshaw taking all 4 wickets.

    Bury’s 2nd team travelled to Brockley who scored 205 for 7 which included two very good knocks, A Mccaffrey's 93 and T Huffer's 53 not out.

    Bury’s standout bowlers were C Cook 2 for 31, and B Whittaker 3 for 3, and a fantastic keeping performance from Mike Skelton with no byes.

    In reply Bury were soon in trouble at 51 for 5, following an unlucky injury to ex Bury player Mark Geeves, Bury staged a remarkable recovery, with Whittaker (84) leading the way, supported by Cook (24), and then a thrilling 8th wicket partnership of 72 between Vivek (46 no)  and Skelton‎ (26 no).

    A word must go to the excellent sportsmanship of Brockley. The game was played in excellent spirit.

    Burys 3rd team were at home to Easton 2nds and were soon in big trouble at 17 for 6 but thanks to the evergreen Kevin Dobson (74 not out) helped by Kirk Bonas (21) Bury reached a respectable 135, however Easton scored the target with no wickets taken.

    The 4th team travelled to play Stowmarket’s 2nd team the home side batted first scoring 229 for 4 in reply Bury’s young side made 152 for 8.

    On Sunday Bury Sunday 1st team hosted Stowupland in Division 1 of the Hunts Bats League and provided a game which was a great advert for Sunday cricket Bury scored 162 for 9 and Stowupland won the game on the very last ball of their innings with one wicket remaining.

    Bury St Edmunds Sunday 2nd team travelled away to Brockley. Bury won the toss and decided to field first taking a couple of early wickets, with an excellent run out by Dinesh Yadav. Nils De Jong fielded well throughout. 

    The first innings saw a great partnership between Brockley's P. Spirling (scoring 53) and T. Blacksledge (scoring 78) taking it to the end, fnishing on 209 for 5.

    Bury's chase started slowly in the second innings, but included an excellent innings from Dinesh Yadav as he scored 52. Sadly Bury fell short with 40 overs played, finishing on 181 for 8.

    Bury Ladies, helped by 3 girls from Coton, played Copdock who batted first scoring 169 for 2 in their 20 overs. Emma Ellis the skipper, our most economical bowler 24 runs off her 4 overs. ‎ Two wickets from Annabelle Sandercock 2 for 29 off her 4 overs.

    Olivia Locke scored a very good 87 not out. Two good catches from Hasini Fernando and Siân Fagg.

    In reply Bury very nearly batted our 20 overs, Alex Stanford with a good 17. 

    Cousins was the pick of their bowlers with 4 wickets.

    Very much this was just a start! And thank you to everyone who helped.

    On Monday Bury St Edmunds played Sudbury in a T20 Suffolk Cup match Bury posted 188 thanks to unbeaten half centuries by Luke Du Plooy and Ben Whittaker, Sudbury started well and scored 100 off the first 10 overs but good fielding and excellent bowling saw Bury home by 50 runs.

    Greene King Players of the Week

    George Loyd, Luke Du Plooy, Murray Commins, Ben Whittaker, Kevin Dobson and Dinesh Yadav.

    On Friday evening from 6.30 to 8.00 the club hosts a Women and Girls Softball Festival at the Victory Sports Ground all welcome in particular those wanting to take up cricket.


    12th May

      Home Away
    1st team    @ Swardeston 
    2nd team Easton  
    3rd team   @ Worlington 2nds
    4th team    


    13th May

      Home  Away
    1st team    @ Long Melford 
    2nd team   @ Cavendish
  3. Cricket 21st & 22nd April 2018

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    Bury St Edmunds opened their East Anglian Premier League season at home to champions Sudbury. The visitors batted first on a very good track, thanks to a great deal of time and effort from Bobby, Mark Flack and the team of volunteers. Ex-Bury players Tom Huggins and Adam Mansfield opened and survived a few early appeals; but batted well butting on 105 for the first wicket. Tom Huggins went on to score 105, Mansfield 35 and Darren Batch 45 in a total of 302 for 5. George Lloyd took 2 wickets, with James McKinney and Josh Cantrell bowling well without success.

    After a session in the hot sun the Bury batting never got going, dismissed for a disappointing 64 - Tom Curran scoring 16 and Alfie Marston 19; not a great start but we battle on.

    The 2nd team travelled to Mistley who were restricted to 118, Javed bowling very well at the start, with only 19 runs coming from his 15 overs with good support from the two seamers Billy Riddick and Charlie Cook. Ben Whittaker, 3 for 39, and Vivek, 1 for 36, also bowled well and our fielding was excellent with Whittaker and Vivek both being involved in Run Outs. Dylan Day batted very well for Mistley with an unbeaten 78. Our batting did let Bury down; all out for 107. 

    On Sunday the 1st team were at home to Acton and batted first scoring 245 for 9 with a top score of 65 from Max Whittaker, was supported by Charlie Ruffle (39), George Lloyd (40) and James McKinney (41). S .Fisher took 3 for 44 for Acton.

    7 overs after tea with Acton on 30 without loss the heavens opened as a thunder storm arrived which put pay to the match.

    The Sunday 2nd team travelled to Tuddenham, batted first and were in a lot of trouble at 30 for 4, but there was a century partnership between Ellis Edwards (41) and Sam Aldous (98*) and Bury finished with 189. The fielding and bowling was somewhat indifferent and Tuddenham batted very well to win the game with A Jakeman (94*) and Rob Pettitt (48). A good game, and a big thank you to Tuddenham for getting such a good pitch ready. 

    Greene King players of the week

    Javed Iman, Max Whittaker and Sam Aldous


    28th April

      Home Away
    1st team    @ Great Witchingham 
    2nd team Haverhill 2nds  
    3rd team   @ Long Melford 2nds
    4th team Nowton 2nds  


    29th April

      Home  Away
    1st team    @ Walsham le Willows 
    2nd team Risby  



  4. Matches August 19th & 20th

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    1st XI

    Bury St Edmunds played at home to reigning champions Swardeston on what looked a difficult match, home captain Sean Park won the toss and elected to field in conditions that helped the bowlers. Peter Lambert batted with typical gusto scoring 36 off 43 balls. A change of bowlers brought immediate benefits to the home side, Lambert was caught by wicket keeper James Sturgeon off Park and fellow opener Jason Reynolds was bowled by Sean Cooper with the score on 53. Jordan Taylor was caught and bowled by Cooper for 15 making it 79/3 and on the same score came the big wicket of Joe Gatting caught by Josh Cantrell off Park for 7. Stephen Gray who  had scored a superb 103 earlier in the season was bowled by Cooper for 12 on 107. Bury turned to spin and Josh Cantrell bowled a good line and length and was rewarded with 3 wickets; an excellent catch off his own bowling to account for Lewis Demark (37), Fred Ruffle (29) and Jeremy Elliott caught by Alistair Allchin (11). Sharp run outs by Park and Dominic Manthorpe highlight a good fielding performance as the visitors were all out for 200 in 48.5 overs. Reality is this was 50 runs less than Bury expected. Cooper returned figure of 3 for 28 Cantrell 3 for 39 and Park 2 for 40.

    The home side lost Ben Curran lbw for 5 with the score on 19 but Allchin and Manthorpe batted soundly taking the score to 93 when Manthorpe was out to an expansive shot for 44, Allchin fell lbw to Gatting for 37 on 126. On the same score Park was out caught first ball and Alfie Marston for 3 with the score on 152, Daron Cruickshank had made 44 when he was out going for a big shot over mid-off with the score on 160 and when Cantrell was also out a run later lbw to a ball that kept low Bury were in trouble, the familiar story of struggling to achieve the target again became apparent. James Sturgeon was joined by Luke De Plooy needing 40 runs both batted with sense and maturity and gradually played risk free cricket aided by a few wides and no balls, gradually the runs accumulated before De Plooy cut a 4 to square leg to win the game De Plooy scored 13 runs off 35 deliveries and Sturgeon remained  not out 19 off 33 for a vital win that takes Bury off the bottom of the EAPL, 4 games to go and everything to play for.

    2nd XI

    Away to Little Bardfield who won the toss and chose to bat. They scored 163/7, George Loyd 3/23. Bury came up agonisingly short with 162/9.

    3rd XI

    Bury restricted West Mersea to 101 all out. Martin Sully taking 5/36. Bury scored 103/3 to win by 7 wickets, Broughton 29 and Aldous 31 not out.

    4th XI

    Playing Woolpit 4's Missed out on win chasing 145. Bury managed 140 all out with Andy Longfield 77.

    Sunday 1st XI

    Beat Bardwell away, Oliver Riddick impressing with bat and ball (3 more wickets taking his tally for the season to over 60)

    Sunday 2nd XI

    Beat Mildenhall - Bury 230/8, Dinesh 101. Mildenhall 189/7. 

    Green King players of the week: Sean Cooper, Josh Cantrell, George Loyd, Oliver Riddick, Martin Sully, Andy Longfield, Dinesh

  5. Matches June 17th & 18th

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    Bury St Edmunds travelled to Vauxhall Mallards on Saturday in a game which Daron Cruickshank provided on his birthday a batting masterclass. The home side won the toss and batted first Mark Nunn had former Bury player Ben France caught by Adam Kizis and a run out by Dominic Manthorpe had the home side 41 for 2. Michael Platter was bowled by Cruickshank for 34 with the score on 57, however Michael Todd (44) and John Ewart (72) scored well; the former run out by Manthorpe and Ewart bowled by Cruickshank, Alistair Shearer was caught by Manthorpe off Sean Cooper for 40 as the home side declared on 247/6.

    Bury lost James Sturgeon without scoring and second out was Tom Curran for 12; there followed a 99 run partnership before Manthorpe was out for 42. No repeat of 2016 when Sean Park helped guide Bury to a win but Cruickshank repeated his 100 this time scoring an amazing 141 with 8 x 4 and 3 x 6 off just 109 balls. He was 6th out on 235 but soon after Mark Nunn fell run out for 26 and the momentum was lost as two more run outs left Bury on 259/9 just 10 short of a first win.

    Bury’s 2nd team played a top of the table fixture at home to Sudbury the visitors won the toss and scored 226/7, Oliver Riddick taking 3/53.

    Bury scored 179/8 with Josh Toon making 48, Johnny Francis 32 and Dan Harrison 24.

    Bury’s 3rd XI played at home to St Osyth won the toss and batted first making 255 all out. The evergreen Kevin Dobson scored 71, Owen Grisby 59, Martin Sulley 26 and Johnny Fuller 25. St Oysth were all out for 165 with 2/36 from Javed Inman 4/45 by Sulley and 3 catches to Dobson.

    Bury’s 4th team played away to Exning 2nd XI and despite having the home side 65 for 5 the score totalled 171 all out. Both Findlay and Elliott Bonas took 3 wickets apiece.

    The Bury innings never got going and they were 108 all out, losing by 63 runs.

    On Sunday wins for both teams. The 1st team were at home to Acton - Mark Nunn won the toss and batted first posting 205/8 with Josh Toon scoring 43, Nunn 51 and Josh Cantrell 21 in reply Acton were all out for 145. 3 wickets for Cantrell, 2 each for Hassam Dahar and Oliver Riddick.

    The Sunday 2nd team played away to Rougham and batted first scoring 205/9 with 62 from captain Saurabh Gupta and 52 from Raj which included a 100-run partnership. Rougham were all out for 130 with Sandeep Singh taking 5 wickets Raj 3 and Simon Aldous 2.

    Greene King players of the week Daron Cruickshank, Dominic Manthorpe, Josh Toon, Kevin Dobson, Martin Sulley, Saurabh Gupta and Sandeep Singh.

    Next week Bury are at home to Norwich in the EAPL, the 2nd team are away to Brockley the 3rd team away to Long Melford 2nds and 4th team at home to Lakenheath 2nds.

    On Sunday the 1st team are away to Walsham Le Willows and 2nd team away to British Sugar Sports and Social Club.