Bury held to draw despite Huggins’ milestone achievement

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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Bury St Edmunds 261-1 drew with Horsford 203-6

Bury St Edmunds were forced to settle for a draw against Horsford on Saturday despite an 101st century from captain Tom Huggins.

Batting first, Huggins — who was presented with a bottle of champagne earlier in the day for reaching the 100 career centuries milestone a week earlier while playing for Suffolk — and Justin Bishop batted sublimely, taking the score to 117 at lunch.

The partnership continued to flourish to put on 200, as Huggins surpassed 100, soon followed by Bishop, before he was later out having scored 113 with a remarkable 254 scored as an opening stand. Huggins remained unbeaten on 141.

Horsford’s reply got off to a poor start as Tom Robotham had Essex player Jaik Mickleburgh out third ball, caught by James McKinney for nought.

This was a good batting track and wickets would be hard to achieve. Huggins removed Love and Perry-Warnes, both lbw, with the score on 97 before on 137, Brad Mason caught and bowled Marillier.

However, the visitors settled for a draw despite further wickets from Huggins and Bishop.

n The winning feeling carried over to Bury II (187-5) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, after a five-wicket success over Yoxford (184-7).

Putting Yoxford into bat Adam Kizis and Fairweather bowled good opening spells on a pitch where scoring was not easy.

However, it was Sam Harrison who changed the game with a terrific direct-hit run-out, while Chris Thomas bowled well as the hosts finished on 184-7.

In reply, Bury got off to a good start as Ben Curran (38) and James Sturgeon scored 70 for the first wicket.

And they went on to win the game with useful contributions from Marcus Price, Thomas and Harrison, but it was Sturgeon’s 85 that was the star contribution.

n It was not quite the same level of success for the third team (151-8) in Division Five as they slumped to a 23-run defeat at home to Haverhill II (174-9).

The visitors won the toss and had no hesitation in batting, but good bowling and fielding restricted them to 174-9.

Amin Ifran took three wickets, John Nicoll and Stuart Nunn two each with useful support from Tom Curry.

Bury’s reply started with a quick-fire 43 from Joe Tasker, but the innings stalled with only Owen Grisby (28) and Ifran (17) scoring well.

n Elsewhere, in Division Eight West, Bury IV (285-6) cruised to a 75-run win away at Stowmarket II (210).

Alex Parker proved the main contributir in bat as his 96, supported by Ben Whittaker, Max Whittaker and Hugh Stanton, helped set a total of 285-6.

Ben Whittaker then turned his attention to the ball to pick up five wickets as Bury claimed victory.

n In the Ladies Twenty20 Bury (141-4) beat Ipswich and East Suffolk (60) by 81 runs.

Angela Jiggins scored 90no, while Tooba Ahmed (2-5) and Emma Ellis (3-1) also impressed. The result still leaves Bury with an outside chance of retaining their title.

n Meanwhile, in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Four, Bury II (312-4) beat Risby (216) by 96 runs.

Batting first, Bury posted 318 with Toby Adams making 159, Marcus Price 79 and Raj 42. It proved too much of a task for Risby, who could only muster 216-6 in reply.