Bury prop up the league after heavy defeat

DISAPPOINTING DAY: Tom Robotham bowling for Bury St Edmunds in what proved a forgettable day as the Victory Ground-based outfit slipped to a 162-run defeat to Horsford
DISAPPOINTING DAY: Tom Robotham bowling for Bury St Edmunds in what proved a forgettable day as the Victory Ground-based outfit slipped to a 162-run defeat to Horsford
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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Bury St Edmunds 149 lost to Horsford 311-7 by 162 runs: Bury St Edmunds slipped to the bottom of the Premier League table following an emphatic 162-run defeat at the hands of Horsford.

After a rain-delayed start Bury lost the toss and were put into the field as the visitors decided to bat.

Bury started brightly with Justin Bishop taking two early wickets but it was Marillier, the visitors’ Zimbabwean player, who effectively proved the difference between the teams as he scored a remarkable 189 that included 19 fours and 13 sixes.

After he departed with the score on 268, Horsford managed to finish with a daunting total of 311-7 before declaring. Bishop proved the pick of Bury’s bowlers with figures of 4-55.

In reply, the home side never came close to surpassing their target with Tom Huggins (21), Sasha Ward (11), Bishop (40) and Michael Comber (36) the only noticeable contributions in a disappointing total of 149.

n There was further disappointment for the club as Bury II (175) also suffered defeat going down to a 12-run loss to Coggeshall II (187-9) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.

Coggeshall batted first with Simons (67) top scoring to help the home side post their 187 total. Stuart Nunn was the pick of the Bury bowlers with figures of 4-16.

In reply, solid contributions from Ben Curran (26), Tom Evans (32) Adam Kizis (23) and Phil Godden, who top scored with 40, gave Bury a chance of winning, but four players being run out proved the difference as Coggeshall sealed the narrow victory.

n The heavy adverse weather prevented any play for the third team in Division Five, while all Sunday fixtures also fell victim to the remains of Hurricane Bertha.

The Victory Ground was also due to host the Regional Premier League Twenty20 competition but with the ground was awash at midday, this too stood no chance of any play.