Bury St Edmunds 288-5
beat Sudbury 149
by 139 runs
Bury St Edmunds climbed off the foot of the table to leapfrog rivals Sudbury with a crucial 139-run derby-day success on Saturday.
Tom Huggins, on winning the toss, elected to bat and scored 75 of the 122 opening partnership with Justin Bishop.
Bishop could not make it three centuries in a row, but was second out for 78 with the score on 184, while Toby Adams (29) batted well with Hugo Rynsard-Perry (46).
Adams fell to a superb catch from Ben Reece, while Rynsard-Perry had an amazing spell of boundaries before being out having scored five fours and two sixes.
Sasha Ward scored 34 as Tom Huggins declared at 288-5 off 61 overs, which gave him 59 overs to bowl Sudbury out.
Matt Hunn, fresh from playing for Kent’s second team, made an early breakthrough as Peter Siegert was bowled by an unplayable delivery and Darkins followed soon after, caught by wicket keeper Ben Bellward.
Justin Bishop bowled James Poulson to leave the visitors on 30-3.
Sudbury captain Darren Batch batted well before being trapped lbw by Brad Mason on the stroke of tea with the score on 83.
After the break, Tom Huggins removed Adam Mansfield and Ben Reece before Matt Hunn returned to scoop up the Sudbury tail end batsmen.
His pace was just too much as Bury won by an impressive 139 runs.
n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Bury’s second team travelled to play a strong Kelveden and Feering team on a high-scoring ground with the home side amassing 245-6.
Despite the total, Bury bowled and fielded well with Toby Nunn the pick of the attack with 2-51 off 9 overs.
In reply, Ben Curran, Toby Nunn, George Broughton and Chris Thomas (39no) batted well, but Bury were all out for 151.
n It was much the same story for the third team in Division Five where Bury had reduced Harwich to 146-6 only for the lower-order to battle on for a strong total of 270.
In reply, only skipper Andrew Green showed any resistance, scoring almost half the Bury total of 167 in a 103-run defeat.
n In Division Eight West, Bury IV (93) slumped to a mammoth five-wicket defeat to Worlington II (304-5).
n That disappointment also followed for Bury Ladies, who travelled away to top-of-the-league Maldon.
Maldon batted first and, with an impressive display of bowling by player-of-the-match Emma Ellis (4-7), Bury were able to bowl them all out for 101.
Bury made a rocky start to the batting, but a valiant performance by Helen Coe, Ellis and new player Fiona Mulley saw them bat through the whole 20 overs.
However, they were only able to amass 75 runs.
n Things did not get any better for the Sunday first team, who slipped to a disappointing 180-run defeat to Hadleigh.
In their 40 overs the hosts set a target of 346, which ultimately proved too much for Bury despite solid knocks from Josh Toon (37) and Hugo Rynsard-Perry (36) as they could only muster 166-6.
n It was a different story for the second team, however, who eased to a 159- run success at home to Nowton.
After winning the toss, Bury batted to a total of 293-6.
Vivek (86), Raj (99) and Saurabh Gupta (47) all impresed, while Nowton could only manage 134-5 from their 40 overs.