Bury St Edmunds travelled to Swardeston to play the EAPL champions hoping to improve their season and so it proved with clearly the best performance so far of a disappointing season Sean Park won the toss and elected to bat in good conditions on a pitch that showed uneven bounce. Sean Cooper was first out with the score on 20, Alfie Marston joined 16 year old Alex Oxley for one of the youngest batting combinations at this level as they took the score to 80 when Marston was out for 32 off 37 balls. Oxley scored his first ever EAPL half century and was out for 50 with the score on 114, he received a big ovation that included the home team having batted for almost two hours with 4x4 and 1x6. Sean Park was LBW for 9 but Daron Cruickshank took the game to Swardeston with 7x4 and 1x6 making 54. Useful contributions followed from Josh Cantrell (21), Dominic Manthorpe (17) and Mark Nunn with 33 not out as the visitors posted a highly respectable 255/8. In reply the dangerous Peter Lambert was out 3rd ball with a brute of delivery that kept low from Dominic Manthorpe, his fellow opener Jason Reynolds was superbly run out by Mark Nunn before Joe Gatting was out caught by Cantrell off Manthorpe with the score on 59 at tea Nunn had Calum Taylor lbw and the home side at 67/4.
After tea Marston took a catch off Cruickshank to make the score 107/5. On 167 Sean Park took wickets with successive deliveries and at 167/7 a remarkable win looked possible but Norfolk wicket keeper Stephen Gray batted exceptionally well scoring 103 before being out caught Park off Cruickshank, it was a tense finish with first 42 needed off 42 balls and then 7 off the last two overs, Sean Park bowled the final over with the home side needing 3 runs to win but the scores remained level at the end not a tie because
Swardeston would have been all out so a drawn game of the highest quality played in a very sporting manner.
Bury's 2nd team captain won the toss at home to Little Bardfield and elected to field. Bury started very well picking up a couple of early wickets through Adam Kizis and Danny Harrison. Bardfield then began to rebuild and eventually finishing on 157 all out with Vivek Rajagopal picking up 3 for 37. Bury batted well with Vivek and Josh Toon taking full advantage of Bardfield's only having 9 fielders with Vivek making 57 and Josh Toon 47 not out; Tom Curran made a quick 41 as Bury chased down the total with 14
overs to spare, winning by 8 wickets and going top of the Two Counties Division 3.
Bury's 4th XI recorded their first win of the season at Woolpit with six junior players in the team BSE won the toss and stand in skipper Rob Johnson elected to field. Woolpit started well but then lost wickets steadily thanks to Kevin Dobson who took three wickets for 33 and Samuel Aldous who cleaned up the tail also taking three wickets for 31. Woolpit were all out for 210. BSE started well and chased down the total thanks to an 80 from Rob Johnson. He was out with 2.5 overs to go. Kevin Dobson in at 9 then shepherded the youngsters over the line hitting the required two runs off the very last ball of the game.
Bury St Edmund's Ladies travelled to Felixstowe for the second time this season. Once again captain Emma Ellis won the toss and elected to field first despite only having 10 players. Ellie Costin sent Felixstowe's opening batter back to the pavilion early on giving Bury a fighting chance of another win. A few overs later Ellie supported another wicket by Nat Samuels, taking the catch at cover. Bury bowled through the 20 overs leaving Felixstowe with a score of 99 for 3 wickets. A mention must go to Sian Fagg who stepped up to wicket keep for the first time for Bury St Edmund's, managing to only give away one bye the whole game.
It was then Bury's turn to chase down the runs. Nat Samuels and Ellie Costin opened the batting and proceeded to stay at the wicket for the full 20 overs. With an over to go the Bury score was 98, but Nat only needed one more ball to finish in style with a four through mid-off.
Bury's Sunday 2nd team played away to Worlington won the toss and scored 251/7. Yogesh (23) and Simon Aldous (56) opened. Josh Toon scored 40 and Mark Nunn a rapid 80. Worlington were all out in 25 overs for 109. Joel Meridith taking 4 wickets and Frank Stennett 3.
Greene King Players of the week Alex Oxley, Daron Cruickshank, Mark Nunn, Vivek Rajagopal, Rob Johnson, Joel Meridith, Nat Samuels and Ellie Costin.
Next week we are at home to Burwell in the EAPL, the 2nd team are away to Mistley 2nds, 3rd team are away to Stowupland, 4th team at home to Stowmarket 2nds. On Sunday the 2nd team are at home to Thurston and the Ladies away to Copdock.