Bury St Edmunds were at home to Horsford on Saturday in a vital game at the bottom of the EAPL, with rivals Norwich away to Copdock this proved to be an important day. Sean Park the Bury captain won the toss and asked the visitors to bat which did not prove a good choice as New Zealand professional Chad Bowes scored quickly putting on 61 with Luke Findlay at a rapid rate of more than a run a ball. The breakthrough was dramatic however as George Loyd took the ball, bowled Bowes for 35 having scored 6 x 4 and followed this up next ball as Alfie Marston caught William Rogers. Shortly after the dangerous Stephan Marllier was out for 1 to the same combination, 68/3 a big game changer, opener Luke Findlay was out soon after for 23 caught Dominic Manthorpe bowled Sean Cooper. Horsford then got their heads down as William Woodhead and Chris Read battled against good bowling. On 146 Woodhead was out, Marston taking his 3rd catch off Alistair Allchin for 20. Cooper and Josh Cantrell bowled with great control with the latter having Read LBW for 46 and the tail did not add many runs as James McKinney took 3 wickets for 15 runs as the innings closed on 193 for 9. Wickets were shared with Loyd 7/2/26/3 Cooper 10/3/17/1 and Cantrell 10/1/26/1
In reply Bury lost Allchin for 2 with the score on 19 and Murray Commins was out LBW to the experienced Chris Brown for 35, Marston was out for 10 and Max Whittaker for 17 off 57 deliveries. At 80 for 4 the game was in the balance but Sean Park was joined by Manthorpe and added 58. 3 quick wickets had Bury back in trouble at 149 for 7 as Manthorpe was bowled by Brown for 23 and Park for an excellent 45 off 58 with 5 x 4. Loyd joined Cantrell and batted sensibly before Cantrell was run out for 14 with 12 runs still needed the game was in the balance again with news of Copdock having a close finish with Norwich the tension was high with 5 needed off the final over, the second ball Cooper swept to the mid- wicket boundary and the catch was dropped for a vital 2 runs Bury were left needing 2 runs with just 2 balls remaining as Cooper drove through mid- off for 4 runs and big celebration as news came through next week’s opponents Copdock had won and Bury had gone above Norwich in the league table.
Bury’s 2nd team did not have such a good day losing to Abberton having batted first scoring 118, Ben Whittaker 37 and Ollie Riddick 25. Abberton won with 2 wickets down.
Bury’s 3rd team were away to Great Bromley who scored 281 for 4, Jon Hayes taking 3 wickets Bury in reply made 177 with Kirk Bonas making 41 not out Elliot Bonas 35 and Jon Hayes 35.
The Sunday game was rained off and on Monday Bury’s 2nd team hosted Walsham Le Willows in a very good, close game. The visitors were all out for 134 with Ben Whittaker taking 6/36 and Sam Harrison 3/12.
Bury started slowly with Ben Whittaker making 31 but regularly lost wickets apart from 14 year old Ned Stanton who batted with great composure and remained not out on 32 with Sam Harrison for the final wicket. They took the game to the last over being all out for 129 as Harrison was out for 18.
The Victory Ground hosted the Suffolk Under-19 T20 Cricket Finals on Monday with Hadleigh beating Easton in one semi-final and Bury beating Melton in the other.
The final had Bury bowling first and taking all Hadleigh wickets for 94; Cantrell taking 3/12, Loyd 2/12 and Olliver Riddick 2/29. Elliott Bonas and Charlie Cook taking a wicket each. This is a strong Bury side with 4 regular 1st team players. Captain Alfie Marston opened with Hugh Stanton and put on 50 before Marston was out for 31 Stanton followed for 27 but Max Whittaker (13) and Cantrell (19) batted the game out with 5 overs to spare.
Greene King Players of the week George Loyd, Sean Cooper, Josh Cantrell, Alfie Marston, Sean Park, Ben Whittaker, Kirk Bonas and Ned Stanton.
|2nd team||@ Kesgrave|
|2nd team||@ Risby|
On Sunday the Victory Ground hosts the Suffolk T20 Cup Finals.