Bury end run of four successive defeats

BURY: Cricket - Bury St Edmunds v Vauxhall Mallards
Alfie Marston  batting for Bury caught behind 
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160506-173416009
BURY: Cricket - Bury St Edmunds v Vauxhall Mallards Alfie Marston batting for Bury caught behind Picture Mark Westley ANL-160506-173416009

GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Vauxhall Mallards 220 (11 points) drew with Bury St Edmunds 206-9 (11 points)

Bury fell just short with their run chase at Vauxhall Mallards, but ended a run of four successive defeats with this draw, writes John Urquhart.

Mike Comber bowled first under overcast skies and James McKinney took 4-40 with his off-spin, assisted by James Sturgeon’s tidy wicket-keeping.

Mallards’ Brett Stolworthy (53) and Paul Bradshaw (40 not out), then saw the hosts to a competitive total.

Bury lost three wickets quickly but Dom Manthorpe, subjected to some short-pitched balls which he played with great composure, forged good partnerships with the middle-order before being dismissed.

For as long as Mike Comber was at the wicket, Bury’s chances of chasing down the target remained alive, especially when he hit two massive sixes on his way to 63, but two late wickets ended the game in a draw, James McKinney and Tom Curran hanging on.

n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Four, Wivenhoe II (160-8) lost to Bury II (161-7) by 3 wickets.

n In Division Five, Nacton (232-4) beat Bury III (159) by 73 runs.

Kevin Dobson won the toss and invited Nacton to bat first.

Ollie Riddick bowled a good long spell and kept Bury in the game.

Cory Stockwell bowled very well for Nacton to take seven wickets which effectively won the match.

n In the Suffolk Cup, Hadleigh (95) lost to Bury (96-2) by eight wickets.

Bury’s youngsters bowled well and kept Hadleigh to a modest score.

In reply, Bury lost Josh Toon and Owen Grisby early but Alfie Marston steadied things with a quick 50.

The day’s captain, James McKinney, made 20 not out to win the game in the 12th over.

n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Three, Mildenhall II (228-4) lost to Bury II (232-7) by three wickets.

Mildenhall built their innings around 118 from Ash Clarke and looked to have a defendable total.

Bury collapsed to 65-5, but Janek Raj then set about the bowling, forcing Mildenhall to bring back their senior bowlers. The required run rate started to come down as Akhilesh and Raj shared a partnership of 150.

Simon Aldous hit four off the last ball to win the game although Janek Raj’s unbeaten 88 was the differ-ence between the sides.

n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Ladies’ T20 Competition: Ipswich and East Suffolk (120-0) beat Bury Ladies (109-3) by 11 runs.

n Greene King Players of the Week: James McKinney, Mike Comber, Janek Raj, Alfie Marston.