Bishop calls for calm ahead of Copdock trip

KEEPING CALM: Justin Bishop in bat in Bury St Edmunds' six-wicket defeat to Swardeston on Saturday
KEEPING CALM: Justin Bishop in bat in Bury St Edmunds' six-wicket defeat to Swardeston on Saturday

Bury St Edmunds’ vice-
captain Justin Bishop has urged his side to remain calm despite a disastrous start to their EAPL campaign.

The Victory Ground-based outfit have struggled for form in the early weeks of the new East Anglian Premier League campaign suffering back-to-back defeats in their first two games.

Following a 191-run defeat to Vauxhall Mallards in their opening game. Bury struggled again on Saturday slipping to a six-wicket defeat at home to last year’s champions Swardeston.

After being put into bat, Bury were bowled all out for 189 as only Bishop (96) and Toby Adams (37) surpassed 20 as the hosts again struggled at the crease for a second week running.

And it proved a simple targetfor the visitors who eased to victory with Jonathan Sole (95) and Callum Taylor (48no) setting Swardeston on their way to success, leaving Bury bottom of the table.

Despite conceding his concerns, Bishop believes there are still plenty of positives to take from their opening two matches.

“Obviously we were all disappointed to suffer defeat for the second week running but I feel there were still plenty of positives to take from the match,” he said.

“Matt Hunn and Tom Robotham bowled well with the new ball and really our bowling attack hasn’t been the issue, they’ve just needed a bit more luck.

“When we are put into bat first it is essential that we bat out our 66 overs, because even with a slow run rate we should reach 200.

“That has been the difference so far, at least if you reach 250 you claim 10 batting points even if you don’t win, there are things that can certainly be improved.”

Bury travel to Copdock and Old Ipswichians, who have claimed two general draws in their opening matches, tomorrow (1pm) and although historically a challenging prospect to face, Bishop is hopeful it will prove to be the turning point.

“Copdock will be another tough game and a big test for us,” he added.

“We know we will be up against it and historically they have done well in this division.

“We’ve had a really challenging start to the season and it won’t get any easier on Saturday but there are things we can do to improve, the defeats haven’t been purely down to bad luck.

“However it is still early in the season and there are things we can do as a team to turn things round.”