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  1. Bury St Edmunds travelled to Cambridge Granta on Saturday, fielded first and had early success with George Loyd taking the wicket of Benjamin. Alistair Allchin then bowled Jon Atkinson for 0, before Josh Cantrell caught and bowled Claydon with the score on 52 for 3; a good start not maintained as Essex 1st team squad player Michael Pepper was joined by his brother Chris and batted remarkably well. Michael scoring 216 and Chris 100 before the home side declared on 357 for 3. Reality was that Bury had not bowled too badly but had little go for them in the field with few chances.

    In reply Luke Du Plooy was out for 0 but Tom Curran batted well for 28, there followed a partnership of 94 between Murray Commins and Sean Park before Park was out for an excellent 56. Josh Cantrell batted well for 30 but it was Commins who again was the main stay scoring his first century for the club, before finally being out for 109 (17 x 4) off 144 deliveries. When out, the match was in its final stages as Bury held out for a draw.


    Bury’s 2nd team maintained their good form by beating Dunmow at the Victory Ground. Dunmow were bowled out for 180 with Charlie Cook taking 4 for 26 and Ben Whittaker 2 for 45. Bury scored 181 for 6, Ian Plumb top scored with 44, Adam Kizis was not out 30, Jonny Fuller scoring 27, Simon Aldous 24 and Cook not out 21.


    The 3rd team played at Elveden, a home game as the Victory Ground was being prepared for the Suffolk T20 game. Visitors West Bergholt scored 218 for 8, Tom Curry bowled well taking 3 wickets. Bury scored 219 with a wicket to spare and achieve a welcome win. George Broughton seeing us home with an excellent 86 not out, he was well supported by Sam Aldous with 47.


    Bury 4th team were away to Lakenheath 2nd team who scored 240 for 6; wickets shared between all three Bonas’. Rob Johnson took 2 late wickets in 2 balls, in his first spell for 3 years! Bury’s young team in reply were all out for 113, but Fin Bonas and Tom Halliday shared a final wicket stand of over 40 to secure a batting bonus point and a little respectability.


    On Sunday the 1st team played away to Acton batted first scoring 128 with Niltin Modi scoring 36. George Loyd removed the first 3 Acton batsman in one over, Neil Jefferies also took 3 wickets but the Acton middle order reached the target with James French scoring 29 not out.


    Greene King Players of the week

    Murray Commins, Sean Park, Charlie CookIan Plumb, George Boughton and Sam Aldous.


    Fixtures

    19th May

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

    20th May

      Home  Away
    1st team     @ Woolpit
    2nd team Bardwell  
    Ladies   @ Copdock
  2. Bury St Edmunds travelled to Swardeston on Saturday, lost the toss and the home side batted in excellent conditions. Jason Reynolds was caught by wicket keeper Alfie Marston early but Jordan Taylor was joined by his brother Calum who played for Bury during the 2016 season, Calum is a professional with Essex and played a terrific innings having already made a big score for Essex II team during the week. The brothers added 154 runs before Jordan who had survived a run out was caught by Sean Cooper off Allchin for 60. Joe Gatting scored 15 and Stephen Gray 12 both caught by Sean Park off the bowling of Josh Cantrell before the same combination finally had Calum Taylor out for 173 an innings that included 8 x 6 all in the near boundary by the properties. At 285 for 5 it became the Josh Cantrell show as he removed no less than 7 Swardeston batsman, Alfie Marston being involved in a further 3 dismissals, the rain came at 14.00 as players left the field with 47 overs played, strangely the remaining 3 overs had to be bowled after lunch. A score of 338 for 9 was made, Josh Cantrell taking 10-1-59-7 a superb bowling spell. Another positive for Bury was the leg spin bowling of Ollie Riddick whose 8 overs went for just 37 runs.

    Light rain prevented any play due to the wet outfield which hardly changed when the umpires decided play was possible at 5.30 pm Bury had a revised target under Duckworth/Lewis of 179 off 21 overs at 8.52 runs per over this was always a very unlikely target more so as they lost 5 wickets but Murray Commins (26 not out) and Alfie Marston restored some respectability with a unbroken stand, Marston making 58 not out that included 5 x 4 and 3 x 6 one shot bring a tile off the nearby house. No batting points were possible due to the reduced overs as the game ended with Bury on 105 for 5.


    Bury’s  2nd team played a shortened game of 30 overs per side at home to Easton who batted first and started off very quickly, with A Green leading the way with 48.  From being 73 for 2 off 12 overs,  Bury got back into the game, and bowled Easton out for 121.  The pick of the bowlers was Billy Riddick with 4 for 7, followed up by Vivek 2 for 29 off 10, and Ben Whittaker 3 for 47 off 10 overs.

    In reply with the rain getting ever closer,  Bury were positive from the start,  Hugh Stanton with a quick fire 22 and Max Whittaker’ excellent 65, with 9 fours. The home team crossed the line before the rain was too heavy Sam Harrison with 10 off 7 balls.


    Bury’s 3rd team played away to Worlingworth despite having a weakened side and 4 players making their 3rd team debut they still came away with 4 points largely thanks to John Hayes who took 5 wickets. The young players did a great job - Freddie Faiers opened the bowling, bowled well and was excellent in the field, Max Harrison also bowled well and got a few runs and Nils De Jong bowled the last 6 overs from one end, bowled well and picked up a wicket.

    Not so young Neil Jefferies opened  the bowling  removing the 2 openers as Worlingworth scored 220 for 8

    Batting wasn’t a great success, George Boughton top scored with 30 a Bury were well short, Worlingworth is a lovely ground and they were great opposition who played the game the right way.


    The Sunday 1st team were away to Long Melford who scored 164 in another good cricket match. Young Yan Johnson on debut taking a wicket and Neil Jefferies bowled remarkably well taking 3 wickets in one over but Oliver Riddick with 4 for 30 off his 10 overs that made maximum impact, Alfie Marston continued his excellent form with 75 well supported by Samuel Aldous as Bury won with 6 wickets down.


    The Sunday 2nd team played away to Cavendish batted first and scored 170 runs in 30 overs Peter Smith batted well with 63, he was well supported by Saurabh Gupta with 46, the home side made an excellent start and won the game in the 28th over with 4 wickets down.


    Greene King Players of the Week

    Josh Cantrell, Alfie Marston, Billy Riddick, Max Whittaker, John Hayes, Ollie Riddick, Peter Smith and Neil Jefferies.


    Fixtures

    19th May

      Home Away
    1st team  Mildenhall   
    2nd team   @ Long Melford
    3rd team   @ Sudbourne Hall
    4th team  Haverhill 3rds  

    20th May

      Home  Away
    1st team  Battisford  
    2nd team Stowmarket  
    Ladies   @ Felixstowe
  3. Saturday provided a significant first win for Bury St Edmunds in the East Anglian Premier League, Vauxhall Mallards won the toss and elected to bat and were soon in trouble as George Loyd bowled with  great effect swinging the new ball and taking the first 4 wickets; 2 bowled, an lbw and superb catch by Josh Cantrell at slip as the visitors were reduced to 33 for 4. However Nicholas Smit and Oliver Stone battled hard to bring their side back in the game, Stone is a very promising fast bowler contracted to Warwickshire who showed he can also bat. These two added 152 before Smit was out for 80 caught by Cantrell off Sean Park, Stone soon followed caught by Loyd off James Mckinney for 69, Alistair Allchin had bowled well without success but he caught a juggling catch on the boundary as Loyd secured his 5th wicket returning figures of 9-0-32-5. After 50 over Mallards were 217 for 8, it was a good all round performance by the home side.

    Bury’s innings started badly losing two wickets to Paul Bradshaw for just one run, however as Murray Commins joined Luke Du Plooy both batted exceptionally well. Du Plooy stood firm scoring just 6 runs off the first 12 overs, Commins played his array of strokes as the home side created stability - gradually Bury took control and Du Plooy having taken the shine off the ball scored 4 x 6, one hitting the pavilion roof. These two achieved a partnership of 139 but in the 24th over as is often the case both batsman were out Commins for 69 and DuPlooy for 65 his best ever score at this level. New batsman Sean Park and Josh Cantrell rebuilt the innings and both batted well as they carried the home to victory, Park ending 40 not out and Cantrell 32 not out.

    Bradshaw taking all 4 wickets.


    Bury’s 2nd team travelled to Brockley who scored 205 for 7 which included two very good knocks, A Mccaffrey's 93 and T Huffer's 53 not out.

    Bury’s standout bowlers were C Cook 2 for 31, and B Whittaker 3 for 3, and a fantastic keeping performance from Mike Skelton with no byes.

    In reply Bury were soon in trouble at 51 for 5, following an unlucky injury to ex Bury player Mark Geeves, Bury staged a remarkable recovery, with Whittaker (84) leading the way, supported by Cook (24), and then a thrilling 8th wicket partnership of 72 between Vivek (46 no)  and Skelton‎ (26 no).

    A word must go to the excellent sportsmanship of Brockley. The game was played in excellent spirit.


    Burys 3rd team were at home to Easton 2nds and were soon in big trouble at 17 for 6 but thanks to the evergreen Kevin Dobson (74 not out) helped by Kirk Bonas (21) Bury reached a respectable 135, however Easton scored the target with no wickets taken.


    The 4th team travelled to play Stowmarket’s 2nd team the home side batted first scoring 229 for 4 in reply Bury’s young side made 152 for 8.


    On Sunday Bury Sunday 1st team hosted Stowupland in Division 1 of the Hunts Bats League and provided a game which was a great advert for Sunday cricket Bury scored 162 for 9 and Stowupland won the game on the very last ball of their innings with one wicket remaining.


    Bury St Edmunds Sunday 2nd team travelled away to Brockley. Bury won the toss and decided to field first taking a couple of early wickets, with an excellent run out by Dinesh Yadav. Nils De Jong fielded well throughout. 

    The first innings saw a great partnership between Brockley's P. Spirling (scoring 53) and T. Blacksledge (scoring 78) taking it to the end, fnishing on 209 for 5.

    Bury's chase started slowly in the second innings, but included an excellent innings from Dinesh Yadav as he scored 52. Sadly Bury fell short with 40 overs played, finishing on 181 for 8.


    Bury Ladies, helped by 3 girls from Coton, played Copdock who batted first scoring 169 for 2 in their 20 overs. Emma Ellis the skipper, our most economical bowler 24 runs off her 4 overs. ‎ Two wickets from Annabelle Sandercock 2 for 29 off her 4 overs.

    Olivia Locke scored a very good 87 not out. Two good catches from Hasini Fernando and Siân Fagg.

    In reply Bury very nearly batted our 20 overs, Alex Stanford with a good 17. 

    Cousins was the pick of their bowlers with 4 wickets.

    Very much this was just a start! And thank you to everyone who helped.


    On Monday Bury St Edmunds played Sudbury in a T20 Suffolk Cup match Bury posted 188 thanks to unbeaten half centuries by Luke Du Plooy and Ben Whittaker, Sudbury started well and scored 100 off the first 10 overs but good fielding and excellent bowling saw Bury home by 50 runs.


    Greene King Players of the Week

    George Loyd, Luke Du Plooy, Murray Commins, Ben Whittaker, Kevin Dobson and Dinesh Yadav.


    On Friday evening from 6.30 to 8.00 the club hosts a Women and Girls Softball Festival at the Victory Sports Ground all welcome in particular those wanting to take up cricket.


     Fixtures

    12th May

      Home Away
    1st team    @ Swardeston 
    2nd team Easton  
    3rd team   @ Worlington 2nds
    4th team    

     

    13th May

      Home  Away
    1st team    @ Long Melford 
    2nd team   @ Cavendish