Bury St Edmunds entertained Cambridge Granta in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday, the visitors won the toss and elected to field with the damp outfield and covered wicket, the advantage if small was probably to field and with Rajan Singh who had taken 15.55 in the previous two weeks clearly they had a bowler in fine form. Alfie Marston was out early but Tom Curran (41) and Max Whittaker batted well not taking risks and gradually accumulating runs a partnership of 75 was achieved with Whittaker 31 not out as the second wicket fell, Murray Commins made 18 out when the score was on 113, 2 further wickets fell before 18 year old Whittaker was out for a superb 77 by far his highest at this level an innings that came off 125 deliveries and included 13 x 4. Sean Cooper (20 not out) and James McKinney (12 not out) added useful runs for the 8th wicket as the innings closed on 211 the previous week Bury had won defending 223 but would this be enough as four of the team from the previous week were not available from the that game?
After an excellent lunch Alistair Allchin and Sean Cooper opened the bowling Allchin had Alex Sears out in the first over and Cooper Abbasi lbw in the 2nd with the score at 3.2 Jonathan Aitken was out caught by Alfie Marston bowled Allchin on 32 and two runs later Allchin ran out Ben Clough, he continued an excellent spell of bowling with Christopher Benjamin caught Marston and Lewys Hill caught Commins in a superb 10 over spell taking 32.4 and putting the home side in a strong position. James Mckinney had Chris Pepper caught by Sean Cooper who then bowled Rajan Singh at 71.8 t was pretty well game over Alfie Marston stumped Jake Lawrence and finally a catch by Ben Whittaker off Sean Park had Cambridge Grants all out for 96 off just 26.2 overs, the home supporters were slightly bemused two wins a remarkable performance with Cooper taking 2.20 Mckinney 2.24 and an early finish, Michael Pepper was a spectator being in the Essex squad for the next day he had scored 216 in this fixture earlier in the season, very much a change of fortune thanks in no small part to that early 75 run partnership.
Bury's 2nd team won by one of wicket in a very tense game away to Dunmow, Bury Won the toss and bowled first. Charlie Cook took 3 quick wickets, well supported by Sam Aldous. Dunmow slightly recovered after both these young bowlers had to be changed. A wicket each for Peter Smith and Simon Aldous. When Cook and Aldous returned the innings was quickly wrapped up by them, Charlie Cook 4 for 21 and Sam Aldous 4 for 13 (both off 9 overs) 4 catches for Mike Skelton and 3 for Adam Kizis at slip. Dunmow 92 all out
In reply Burt’s batting struggled against the very accurate Barry Sewell, and despite a stoic 31 from Kizis, Bury thought the game was lost at 69 for 9, but Cook supported by Peter Smith slowly edged through the 70s and then into the 80s with a massive 6 and 4 from Charlie Cook (29 not out)the game was won with Smith recording the best 0 not out off his career off 17 balls. Barry Sewell finishing with amazing figures of 7 for 19 off 16 overs for Dunmow. A win by just one wicket.
Bury's 3rd team were well beaten away to West Bergholt who scored 285-2 in reply were all out for 64.
The 4th team had a good game with Lakenheath's 2nd team who scored 293-1 thanks to one big innings the reply was 171-8.
On Sunday Long Melford scored 172.9 with Ben Whittaker taking 4 for 20 in reply Bury made the target with Alfie Marston scoring 126 not out.
The Sunday 2nd team had a very close match with Cavendish Bury scored 212-7, Rob Johnson Scoring 62, Andy Longford 38 and Dinesh 34. after tea Saurabh Gupta 2-22 off 10 overs and S. Harrison 1-48 off 10 overs opened the bowling and Raj followed with 2-55 off his 10 overs. Cavendish took the game to the final over requiring 15 to win, the first two balls went for 10 but Bury managed to restrict the runs to win by just 4 runs in a very tense finish.
Greene King Players of the week
Tom Curran, Max Whittaker, Alistair Allchin, Charlie Cook, Samuel Aldous, Alfie Marston, Ben Whittaker and Rob Johnson.
|1st team||@ Norwich|
|2nd team||Woolpit 2nds|
|3rd team||Braintree 2nds|
|4th team||@ Brockley 2nds
|1st team||@ Stowupland|
|2nd team||@ Brockley|