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.