Bury St Edmunds (117) lost to Frinton (212-6) by 95 runs
A good start — with Mark Nunn claiming a wicket on the first ball and then having Frinton at 32-2 — soon evaporated as Bury St Edmunds were left as the only team in the league without a win to their name after four matches.
Saturday’s affair at The victory Ground started an hour later than scheduled due to rain, with the contest becoming reduced from 50 to 44 overs per side.
Bury won the toss and decided to bowl and Nunn had success with the first ball of the game, trapping Micahel Griggs lbw before his fellow opener, Joe Fowler, followed, caught by wicketkeeper James Sturgeon off Nunn for 11.
But Frinton are a strong side who last season finished runners-up and are looking to go one better this season. And it was their captain Kyran Young who played the innings of the day to put them back in command, a faultless 100.
Former Essex man Mervyn Westerfield scored 37 off 41 balls and ex-Bury captain Michael Comber, on his first return to The Victory Ground since departing in the off-season, made a careful 31.
The Bury fielding was of a high standard with several good catches as the visitors scored a daunting 212-6. Dominic Manthorpe took 2-40 off seven overs and Nunn 2-44, Justin Bishop with 0.29 off his nine overs kept the score down.
The Frinton bowling attack showed why they are title contenders with great accuracy and hostility, in particular from Westerfield.
Comber had a very accurate spell and the Bury batsman were tied down.
Bishop was first out for 10 and Ben Curran battled hard for 11.
Manthorpe scored 22 and Josh Cantrell 21, but the quality of spinner Lewis Callow was too good, taking 6-36 in a disappointing score of 117 for the hosts.
nThings were much closer on the other pitch, but Bury St Edmunds III (233) fell short by 13 runs at home to Braintree II (242-6) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Six.
Martin Sulley (3-66) was Bury’s most successful bowler but Keith Merrell (122) was a thorn in their side.
Captain Simon Aldous scored 72 in reply, with Braintree triumphing in the final over.
n Young Charlie Cook (4-28) starred with the ball as Bury St Edmunds II (214-8) kept up their unbeaten start to the season at the expense of Haverhill II’s (133-7) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, winning by 81 runs.
n Bury St Edmunds IV (190-5) did well to pick up 10 points with just nine players at Haverhill III (185) in a five-run defeat, while a depleted Sunday first team (217-8) lost by 113 runs at Mildenhall (330-4). They were half centuries for Glenford Boyce (55) and James McKinney (52).
n Tomorrow the firsts are at Mildenhall (11am) while the seconds host Long Melford in a top-of-the-table match (1pm).
n Greene King Players of The Week: Charlie Cook, Simon Aldous, Glenford Boyce & James McKinney.