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.
|2nd team||@ Long Melford|
|3rd team||@ Sudbourne Hall|
|4th team||Haverhill 3rds|