On Saturday a local derby as Bury St Edmunds visited Mildenhall who won the toss and Bury St Edmunds were put into bat.
Bury made a solid start; Hugh Stanton watchful was out for 13 having put on 55 for first wicket with Murray Commins, there followed a third wicket stand of 54 with Alfie Marston and Commins playing carefully against two very accurate Mildenhall spinners.
At halfway (25 overs) Bury had only lost two wickets, so in second half of the innings Bury batsmen were able to play more attacking shots. Alfie Marston (29) and Murray Commins (84) were caught in deep going for big hits. From 142 for 4 Sean Park batted very well several times playing his speciality reverse sweep shot in a valuable innings of 41. James Sturgeon continued his good form with the bat finishing on 23 not out Bury used their late order wickets to good effect, scoring 73 from final ten overs - giving a total of 223 for 7.
Mildenhall's innings at first was aided by flurry of wides, but Bury bowlers bowled gained more accuracy the first wicket of Tristan Blackledge was on 18 caught by James Sturgeon off George Loyd, the big breakthrough came on 75.1 by Sean Cooper; two wickets in one over including Ben Curran lbw (25) and Nick Maiolo caught at deep square leg by Alfie Marston. At 76-3 the game had changed
Overs 30 to 40 were key; only 30 runs conceded and 3 wickets taken, including James Stamatis trapped LBW by Josh Cantrell after a 60 run partnership with Ben Shepperson.
There was a quick-thinking stumping by James Sturgeon, who after catching the ball realised that batsman Tom Rash was out of his crease so threw down the wicket Shepperson followed bowled by Josh Cantrell and at 145 for 6 the game had swung in the visitors favour.
Mldenhall's late order batsmen threatened an unlikely victory, but Murray Commins completed a good day by a running out Matt Allen and then taking a running catch to end the Mildenhall innings.
Josh Cantrell bowled 10-2-34-3 with Cooper taking 2 for 39 and Park 2 for 34 as Mildenhall were all out for 202.
Bury still adrift at bottom of Premier League table, but the team performed very well with good spirit.
Bury’s 2nd team were at home to Long Melford and it was a disappointing day Long Melford scored 255 for 6 with Sam Aldous taking 1 for 41 off 9 overs. Pete Smith and Neil Jefferies also taking a wicket.
Bury were all out for 101 with Simon Aldous 43 not out and Ben Whittaker 40.
Bury’s 3rd team travelled to Sudbourne who won the toss and elected to bat first, Bury bowled well, Ollie Selfe and Elliet Bonas opened up but their batting line up was probably the strongest we have faced this season and all the top 7 were decent players.
One of their key players got a very good 100 but they all chipped in. The wickets were spread around, Andy Norburn got a couple, Ollie, Finlay Bonas, and Elliot all also picked up wickets. Sudbourne ended on 263-6.
Special mention for Eve Aldous who made her 3rd team Debut, and bowled 3 tidy overs and also fielded very well.
With so many players on holiday this week batting was always going to be a struggle. Pete Thearle scored 30 at the top of the order, but the middle order was blown away and it was up to Kevin Dobson (33 not out) and Andy Norburn to get a few batting points at the end. Bury ended on 156-7.
Bury St Edmunds Sunday 1st XI beat Battisford by 119 runs.
This was potentially a tough test away to Battisford, Bury lost the toss and were put into bat, Max Whittaker and Alfie Marston quickly got Bury up to 100 in the first 10 overs however both openers fell shortly after, Bury continued to lose wickets however Josh Cantrell showed his class with 70 runs and helped Bury reach 270.
Bury restricted Battisford to a slow start with good bowling from the openers, Bury continued to take wickets throughout with little pressure from the Battisford batsmen which resulted in Battisford finishing on 157-8 off 40 overs. Ollie Selfe the pick of the bowlers with 10 overs, 5 maidens 2 for 25.
Greene King Players of the Week
Murray Commins, Sean Park, Sean Cooper, Josh Cantrell and Ollie Selfe.
|1st team||Cambridge Granta|
|2nd team||@ Dunmow|
|3rd team||West Bergholt|
|4th team||@ Lakenheath 2nds|
|1st team||Long Melford|