Bury St Edmunds travelled to Norwich on Saturday to play a vital battle at the foot of the EAPL Sean Park won the toss and decided to field and this turned out to be an inspired decision as the League’s leading run scorer Jack Newley (976 runs) was out in the first over 5th ball caught by wicket keeper Alfie Marston off Alistair Allchin who then bowled Nipone Senaratine for 4. 16/2 became 17/3 when Dominic Manthorpe bowled William O’Donnell. This was the best opening bowling performance of the season and Manthorpe who has played his cricket for the MCC Academy had joined Allchin. Sean Cooper came on as first change and took the big wicket of home captain Ashley Watson for 14 with the score on 43, Cooper then took the wicket of Matthew Collinge lbw for 21 with the score on 87, there followed an even more decisive bowling as Josh Cantrell came on and Manthorpe returned the Norwich tail was blown away the last 5 wickets falling for just 9 runs Manthorpe finishing with the terrific figures of 8/3/13/3 Cantrell 7.3/3/8/2. This was an exceptional bowling performance but it still needed solid batting as Bury replied.
The key was Murray Commins and he did not disappoint with Tom Curran they added 24 for the first wicket and with Luke Du Plooy (28) the score reached 68/2. Max Whittaker joined Commins (53 not out) to secure victory which earned 25 points to Norwich just 1, this closed the gap which had been 70 points 3 weeks ago to 7, all to play for in the last 4 games as both clubs battle to avoid the play offs.
Bury’s 2nd team entertained Woolpit’s 2nd team lost the toss and were asked to bat and scored 232/6, Vivek (28) and Simon Aldous (54) made 74 for the first wicket, Ben Whittaker scored a very fluid 71 and George Loyd 58. Woolpit’s G.Drury was the pick of the attack with 2/42. In reply Woolpit were going well but regularly lost wickets Loyd taking 5/49 and Vivek a good spell of 8 overs 3/20. James Bradwell top scored with 69 but the visitors were all out for 191 giving victory by 41 runs.
Bury’s 3rd team batted first at home to Braintree and scored an excellent 287 for 9, Brad Bosman scored 75 with Sandeep Singh 79, Dinesh chipped in with 25 in reply Braintree were all out for 226 Ollie Self taking 4 wickets and Finlay Bonas 2, a good Saturday with all 3 teams winning well.
On Sunday the 1st travelled to Stowupland. Bury lost the toss and were put into the field. Early wickets and good bowling meant Stowupland were restricted to 117. Fin Bonas the pick of the bowlers with 3 wickets. Bury in reply got off to a good start with Hugh Stanton reaching 53 which saw Bury reach their target in 22 overs only 4 wickets down!
Bury’s Sunday 2nd team lost at home to Brockley the visitors scored 198 for 7 Sam Aldous taking 3/40 in reply Bury were all out for 157 Peter Smith and Sandeep Singh each scored 45.
Greene King Players of the Week
Dominic Manthorpe, Josh Cantrell, Murray Commins, George Loyd, Simon Aldous, Brad Bosman, Sandeep Singh, Ollie Self, Hugh Stanton, Finlay Bonas and Peter Smith.
|2nd team||@ Abberton|
|3rd team||@ Great Bromley|
|1st team||Walsham Le Willows|
On Monday the Victory Ground hosts the Suffolk Under 19 T 20 cricket finals day a competition Bury St Edmunds won in 2017.