Bishop confirms decision to step down from Suffolk skipper role

STEPPING DOWN: Suffolk's Justin Bishop, who confirmed his decision to step down from his current position as captain this week
STEPPING DOWN: Suffolk's Justin Bishop, who confirmed his decision to step down from his current position as captain this week
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Justin Bishop has ended his five-year tenure as captain of Suffolk Cricket Club after confirming to stepping down from his role.

The decision came following Suffolk’s Unicorns Championship Eastern Division match against Hertfordshire, which ultimately ended in a draw.

And for the 32-year-old — who also holds the vice-captain’s role at Bury St Edmunds — it draws to close his role of skipper, which he took up in February 2009 when he took over from previous captain Phil Calley, who held the role for 15 years before him.

Bishop, who made his Suffolk debut in 2005 , winning the Eastern Division of the Minor Counties Championship, has also decided to stop playing three-day matches.

n Bury St Edmunds II (198-4) maintained the pressure on the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three top two with a 52-run victory over Woodbridge and Old Woodbridgians.

Bury batted first and set a 198 total courtesy mainly to contributions from James Sturgeon (70) and Phil Godden (94no).

In attack, Dan Hill, Tom Robotham and Javed bowled the visitors out for 146 to leave Bury in third place ahead of a visit to Brightlingsea.

n Bury St Edmunds III (138-5) enhanced their chances of avoiding relegation from Division Five following a welcome five-wicket success over Kelvedon and Feering II (137).

Bury managed to bowl their opponents out for 137 with Tom Curry taking three wickets. Owen Grisby (32) proved the catalyst to victory with Chris Thomas and Irfan Amin finishing the job with 10 overs to spare.

n There was less joy for Bury St Edmunds IV (124) who slumped to a six-wicket defeat to Woolpit III (128-4) in Division Eight West.

Ben Whittaker and Freddie Allum proved the only positives from a disappointing batting display but Woolpit proved too strong as they surpassed the target with ease.

n Despite an knock of 91no from Simon Aldous, Bury Sunday II fell to a seven wicket defeat to East Bergholt in Hunts County Bats Suffolk Sunday League Division Four.

Hassam Dahar managed to claim a five-wicket haul.