Bury St Edmunds visited Exning Park to play Burwell & Exning on Saturday having 5 successive EAPL wins but this was the day everything went wrong. Bury won the toss and with rain in the area chose to bowl but, at the 11 am start time, it came on to drizzle and the start was delayed 2 hours and the match reduced to 42 overs. When play started the wet ball was a problem altohugh Dominic Manthorpe had opener Alex Scully caught by Murray Commins with the score on 3, but Tom Griffiths joined Andrew Bramley and scored fluently. Bramley, a promising young player is part of the Northamptonshire Academy, was 4th out for an excellent 93 as the Bury bowlers failed to maintain their recent high standards. The innings closed on 250 for 6 with the lower order playing with gay abandon and everything seemingly reaching the boundary.
With the possibility of rain Bury started keen to stay ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis score, Murray Commins and Alistair Allchin started well putting on 93 for the first wicket but the quality of the home side's spin attack was difficult to score against. Allchin was out for 30 with the score on 93 and 3 runs later Murray Commins was out for another good score of 59 but the score was behind the target and wickets fell as Bury batsmen tried in vain to maintain the momentum. It became a sorry sight as the team were all out for 129; things got worse as news filtered through that Norwich had won at Frinton and had overtaken Bury.
Having clawed back from 70 points adrift the difference is now 10 points, on Saturday Norwich play a Sudbury team that need to win to retain the EAPL title while Bury visit Frinton the team beaten by Norwich, the bottom team have to play Fakenham on Sunday just a day later; a big weekend is coming up!
Bury’s 2nd team won a close encounter with Tuddenham who batted first scoring 146 for 8, stand out bowlers Ben Whittaker 15 overs, 2 for 37, & Oliver Riddick 14 overs 4 for 24.
Despite a very good start from Tom Curran (39), Hugh Stanton (31) & Brad Bosman (24), Bury struggled, as Joseph Burrell bowled very well, taking 5 for 36. Bury got there in the end, 147 for 8.
On Sunday Tuddenham again visited the Victory Ground playing against Bury’s 2nd team in the Hunts Bats League. Bury batted first and scored 230 for 5, Yogesh Kumar scoring 77, Saurabh Gupta 84 and Dinesh Yadev 37. Pete Gibbons took 3 for 38 as Tuddenham just won with 9 balls to spare, Andy Jackman was the star scoring 102 not out, Raj with 2 for 55 was the best home bowler.
Greene King Players of the Week
Murray Commins, Yogesh Kumar and Saurabh Gupta.
Next week we are away to Frinton in the EAPL and depending on this result could be away to Fakenham on Sunday in a EAPL semi-final play-off.