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.
|1st team||@ Swardeston|
|3rd team||@ Worlington 2nds|
|1st team||@ Long Melford|
|2nd team||@ Cavendish|