Bishop believes tough month could define Bury’s season

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JUSTIN Bishop believes his undefeated Bury side could have their season shaped over the next month when they face four of last season’s top five in the East Anglian Premier League.

Saffron Walden, runners-up last summer, are the visitors to the Victory Ground tomorrow (11am), before Bury visit Horsford, host current leaders Vauxhall Mallards and travel to defending champions Cambridge Granta in successive weeks.

But Bury enter the tricky run on the back of a five-match unbeaten run, and skipper Bishop was pleased with the most recent of those, a seven-wicket defeat of local rivals Sudbury.

“It was a long time ago when we last played them in the league and it was one we needed to win to be honest,” said Bishop.

After a winter of changes in the playing personnel, expectations were somewhat lower at the Victory Ground this year, but Bury are just 16 points off the top at this early stage of the campaign.

“It’s a completely different team to recent years, but we have replaced those who have left with some quality players,” said Bishop. “They are young lads at the moment, which bodes well for the future.”

It is doubtful Essex bowler Chris Wright will feature for Bury tomorrow with his county side set to finish a four-day match against Middlesex today and then visit Gloucestershire on Sunday, but teenagers Scott Harvey and Toby Adams could return.

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