Bury St Edmunds travelled to Vauxhall Mallards without 3 senior players batted first and scored 148 on an indifferent pitch; losing Murry Commins for 17 with the score on 37 was a big blow. Alfie Marston batted well for 34 off 42 deliveries and the mainstay was James Sturgeon who was last out for an excellent 55.
Having Dominic Manthorpe playing his 4th game of the season was a bonus and he opened the bowling with great pace and the home side were reeling at 9 for 3. George Loyd removed the overseas player Nicholas Smit for 0 and Manthorpe the other two; he also had former Bury player Ben France caught by James McKinney for 12 and with the score on 26 for 4 a surprise was possible, but Oliver Stone, who is contracted to Warwickshire, batted well and was not out on 93, Charlie Cook and taken the wicket of Troy Allen but reality again was the Bury score was well short of what was required.
Bury’s 2nd team scored 278 for 4 in 45 overs against Brockley, Hugh Stanton scoring a superb 112 and Alex Blumfield 78 before Ian Plumb added a quick-fire 61 not out.
Brockley were restricted to 153 for 8.
Bury’s 3rd team faced Easton with a weakened side who battled hard.
Easton 2nds batted first and scored 255 which on a pretty flat track was probably about par. Bury opened with Neil Jefferies and Finlay Bonas who bowled well. Andy Norburn making his 3rd team debut then bowled 15 overs of off spin taking 3 wickets which was an excellent spell.
At tea Bury felt they were still in the game but it needed our top order to get runs. Unfortunately, in form Andy Longfield failed for once so it was not a great start. Pete Thearle smashed a good 60 but Bury lost wickets and fell well behind the run rate. Elliot Bonas scored an excellent 60 not out late on and made the score look respectable. Bury ended on 170 all out.
Bury’s Sunday 2nds played Nowton, won the toss and decided to bat. Saurabh Gupta batted well for 58 and after a contribution from everyone Bury scored 212 all out. After tea Nowton batted; after a couple of quick wickets Bury had control of the game with the key wicket of Jamie taken by Gupta, Bury ended up winning the game by 11 runs.
Bury’s Under 19 team beat Worlington’s under 19 team on Monday night in their first T20 match of the summer. Bury batted first, after losing Ellis Edwards early Josh Cantrell and Charlie Cook steadied the ship with quick-fire scores of 23 and 29 respectively. Bury reached 162-9 in their 20 overs mainly thanks to a well-timed 38 from Samuel Aldous. In reply Worlington never really looked like chasing down the runs, mainly due to an excellent opening spell from Charlie Cook of 3-15, Oli Self, Billy Riddick and Aubin Jose all also picked up wickets. They play Woolpit next Monday and hope to continue this good start to the competition.
Greene King Players of the week
James Sturgeon, Dominic Manthorpe, Hugh Stanton, Alex Blumfield, Ian Plumb, Andy Norburn, Elliot Bonas and Saurabh Gupta.
|2nd team||@ Easton|
|4th team||@ Brockley 2nds|
|2nd team||@ Bardwell|