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  1. 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.

  2. 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.



    1st September

      Home Away
    1st team  Copdock  
    2nd team   @ Kesgrave
    3rd team    
    4th team Elveden  

    2nd September

      Home  Away
    1st team     
    2nd team   @ Risby

    On Sunday the Victory Ground hosts the Suffolk T20 Cup Finals.

  3. 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 2ndteam 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.


    25th August

      Home Away
    1st team  Horsford  
    2nd team   @ Abberton
    3rd team   @ Great Bromley
    4th team Stradbroke  

    26th August

      Home  Away
    1st team  Walsham Le Willows  
    2nd team    


    On Monday the Victory Ground hosts the Suffolk Under 19 T 20 cricket finals day a competition Bury St Edmunds won in 2017.

  4. 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.


    18th August

      Home Away
    1st team    @ Norwich
    2nd team  Woolpit 2nds  
    3rd team Braintree 2nds  
    4th team   @ Brockley 2nds

    19th August

      Home  Away
    1st team    @ Stowupland
    2nd team   @ Brockley