Bury are forced to go on the defensive to escape with draw

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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Horsford 211 drew with Bury St Edmunds 169-9

Bury St Edmunds started the new Premier League season by claiming a share of the spoils after being held to a draw away at Horsford.

Bury won the toss, inserted Horsford, and caught their opener and former Bury player, Ben France, off Justin Bishop’s bowling with just five runs on the board.

Having been reduced to 97-6, Horsford’s middle order, Brown and Birks, put on 73 for the seventh wicket before Comber had Brown lbw for 29.

Horsford were restricted to two batting points at the 60th over, doubled to four points under the EAPCL playing conditions, and were bowled out for 211 at 63.4 overs.

Justin Bishop was the pick of the bowling with figures of 3-36 from his 15 overs, while Sean Cooper, Tom Robotham and Tyler Lortan, Bury’s new overseas’ player, all took two wickets.

In Bury’s reply, the top order set about chasing down the runs, but after losing four wickets for 39, found themselves on the defensive and escaped with a draw due to James Sturgeon and Tom Curran, who shared a partnership of 45 runs for Bury to reach 169-9 at close of play.

n Bury St Edmunds II played at home in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three against Coggeshall II. Tom Fairweather won the toss and invited Coggeshall to bat first.

Mark Nunn excelled, taking three wickets in the final over of the Coggeshall innings and 5-23 from his eight overs of fast-medium bowling.

Coggeshall made 177-9 in their 45 overs. In reply, Bury were dismissed for 114. Coggeshall II won by 63 runs taking 20 points, Bury taking five fielding points. Vivek Rajagopal took two wickets with his left-arm spin.

n Kevin Dobson’s Bury III, captained for the day by Guy Robins, were away to Nacton in Two Counties Division Five. Batting first, Nacton reached 218-9, with Guy taking 3-20.

In reply, Bury could only make 156 despite Hasan Dahar top-scoring with 41 before being last man out, run out.

Nacton won by 62 runs, taking 20 competition points, Bury taking seven points.

n Simon Aldous led Bury St Edmunds IV in their game against Lakenheath II in the Two Counties Division Eight West.

Winning the toss, they restricted Lakenheath to 201-4 with a powerful bowling spell from Charlie Wood, who took his first wicket in adult cricket, as did Samuel Aldous. They were disappointed then to be all out for 99, despite a defensive batting master class from Simon Loughe. Afterwards, Simon Aldous was keen to congratulate Lakenheath for the excellent spirit they brought to the game. Bury took two fielding points, Lakenheath winning by 102 runs with 20 competition points.

n Bury Ladies did not have a fixture and there was no Sunday cricket.