EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Horsford 216-8 beat
Bury St Edmunds 158 by 58 runs
BURY St Edmunds fell to defeat with just minutes remaining against title-chasing Horsford on Saturday.
The visitors were asked to bat first on a track where runs proved difficult all day.
There were three wickets apiece for Justin Bishop (3-44) and Tom Rash (3-51) while Tom Huggins chipped in with 2-56 as the visitors compiled a total of 216-8 off 66 overs.
Most of the Bury batsman got started – Simon Rees (36), Tom Rash (24) Tom Huggins, (18) Chris Lomas (18) and Hugo Rynsard-Perry (15) – but none were able to make the big score required to achieve the target.
Norfolk spin bowler, Chris Brown, took 5-50 and as the gloom descended, a rearguard action was mounted.
James Lofts, who scored 14 off 50 balls and Tom Robotham (3no from 26 deliveries) looked to have steered Bury to an unlikely draw, but with just three minutes of the final hour remaining, Lofts was caught by Jaik Mickleburgh off the bowling of Michael Warnes.
TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Copford 101-2 beat Bury St Edmunds II 98 by eight wickets
BURY St Edmunds II were comprehensively beaten by league leaders Copford, who eased to their victory target with eight wickets to spare.
Bury’s 2nd XI were skittled out for 98 with Simon Aldous (22) and Charlie Johnson (20) the top scorers.
Copford strolled to victory and will seal promotion to Division Three if they win at third place Sudbury II next week.
Bury St Edmunds III 196 lost to Kelvedon & Feering II 197-7
by three wickets
BURY’s third XI let slip the chance to confirm their Division Five status by losing to relegation rivals Kelvedon & Feering.
After losing the toss, Bury were asked to bat with Phil Scherb (29) and Toby Nunn (50) starting well.
Ben Curran added 25 and Andrew Green scored 45 as Bury totalled 196.
The visitors’ reply started well with 80 for the first wicket, but fine bowling from Chris Thomas and Tom Curry quickly reduced them to 112-7.
Needing 29 off the last two overs, Kelvedon went on the offensive and scrambled a win off the last ball.
HUNTS COUNTY BATS
Haverhill Sunday I 189 lost to Bury St Edmunds I 204-9 by 15 runs.
TOM Rash top scored with 67 and Alex Urquhart added an excellent 32 as Bury posted 204-9 from their 40 overs.
James McKinney then claimed four wickets and Mark Nunn three as the home side were all out for 185.
Bury St Edmunds II 166 lost to Tendring Park 216-6 by 50 runs
BURY fell to defeat after falling 50 runs short against Tendring Park.
The visitors reached 216-6 off their 40 overs and Bury were unable to chase down their victory target.
Taylor Wimpey players of the week: Tom Rash and Toby Nunn.
On Sunday, September 16, Bury St Edmunds are joined by Mildenhall, Sudbury and Woolpit to play for the Suffolk Cup in a Twenty20 format.