Bury go down to defeat against league leaders

TOP SCORER: Bury St Edmund's Tom Huggins top scored with 48 but could not prevent a two-wicket defeat to Cambridge Granta. Picture by Mecha Morton
TOP SCORER: Bury St Edmund's Tom Huggins top scored with 48 but could not prevent a two-wicket defeat to Cambridge Granta. Picture by Mecha Morton
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EAST ANLGIAN PREMIER LEAGUE

Bury St Edmunds 168 all out

Cambridge Granta 171-8

Cambridge Granta won by two wickets

BURY entertained the league leaders on a day the ball dominated and often batting was not of the highest quality.

Bury batted first with the ball seaming around and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Tom Huggins top scored with 48 and, although Scott Harvey (19), Toby Adams (18) and James McKinney (13) made a start, it was left to Sasha Ward to remain unbeaten on 20 with help from Tom Robotham (10) at the final wicket.

A score of 168 was around 30 runs short of where the side needed to be and so it proved.

Granta had to fight all the way at 11-2 and Bury were still in with a chance at 119-5 at tea, which left 51 runs to be scored.

At 161-8. Bury nearly finished them off, but the EAPL leaders won in the 51st over with two wickets to spare.

Tom Rash bowled well with 3-33 and Phil Edwards with 2-43.

There were several positives from this young Bury side. Tom Robotham’s bowling, Sasha Ward’s batting and James Sturgeon behind the stumps with two catches and a stumping to make it 21 dismissals in the EAPL in a season he started in the 2nd XI.

TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION THREE

Copford 303-8

Bury St Edmunds II 197

Copford won by 106 runs

THE home side batted well and, despite good bowling from Mark Nunn, Vivek and Rob Pryke. 303 was always going to be a big task.

At 8-3, Bury were effectively out of the game. Phil Scherb (33), Simon Aldous (27), Adam Kizis (49) and Sam Cordell (31) batted to a total of 197.

DIVISION FIVE

Maldon II 235-7

Bury St Edmunds III 236-5

Bury St Edmunds III won by five wickets

THE most memorable performance of the weekend and possibly the season was that of Phil Godden.

Bury had only 10 players, but bowled and fielded well, Jon Hayes and John Nicoll taking two wickets each as the home side were contained for 235.

It needed an outstanding innings and so it proved. Kevin Dobson described Phil Godden’s batting as the finest he had witnessed in many a year on the ground Alistair Cook made his name.

Godden scored a faultless 142. In the penultimate over with 14 needed, he scored three fours, leaving Tom Curry to score the winning runs in a game all Bury players excelled.

DIVISION NINE

Bury St Edmunds IV 195-8

Elveden 297-6

Elveden won by 102 runs

BURY IV batted first against an experienced side and did well to maintain their discipline and composure to contain the visitors to 297-8.

Opener Flack scored 100, well supported by Lambert.

Alex Thurkettle and Rob Johnson made a good start, but the run-rate was always going to be too much.

Young Chris Lewis batted well for 33 and Nick Curran scored a good 50, to the acclaim of the first team players watching.

The total of 195-8 was a decent score from a side mostly made up of promising young players.

LADIES TWENTY20

Mistley 123-7

Bury St Edmunds 116-7

Mistley won by seven runs

THE home side achieved 123 with excellent bowling from Esme Covington-Cross (4-1-8-4).

Despite a sound 26 from Angela Jiggins, Bury finished on 116.

HUNTS COUNTY BATS SUFFOLK LEAGUE

DIVISION ONE

Bury St Edmunds I 190-5 v Woolpit I

Match abandoned

BURY’S game against Woolpit was rained off, with Bury in a strong position at 190-5. Phil Scherb having scored 123 and James Sturgeon 35.

Cecil & Larter players of the week: Phil Godden, Tom Huggins, Nick Curran and Esme Covington-Cross.