Bury St Edmunds captain backs run-shy batsmen to start firing

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Bury St Edmunds skipper Mike Comber has backed his side’s top order batsmen to start firing in the East Anglian Premier League during the coming weeks.

But the relegation-threatened club will have to do it the hard way with Simon Reece - their only century maker so far this campaign - missing for the trip to Frinton.

Reece is ruled out through work commitments, leaving the club’s run-shy top order with extra responsibility going into tomorrow’s latest league outing (11am).

Comber said: “I’m hoping by the end of the season that each member of our top order will have a century next to their names.

“That would be very good for the lads and that is what it is probably going to take if we are to avoid finishing bottom.

“At only 17, Ben Curran has enjoyed a magnificent season opening the batting for us, so a century for him would be an excellent achievement.

“We haven’t played bad cricket and we’ve been a bit unlucky with some of the decisions against us at times, but we’ve got to be a lot more consistent with the bat.

“We’ve got to take every game as it comes, but I only think it’s a matter of time before we start to click and get a few wins under our belts.”

Comber admitted that Saturday’s abandoned home clash against Burwell, which was a must-win game for his troops, had worked against his side.

“It was a big blow,” conceded Comber.

“Burwell had gone 30 points clear of us by winning the previous week so it was nothing other than a must-win game for us.

“They were one of the sides we were looking to pick up maximum points against but now we’ve got to go again this weekend.

“Every weekend is a big one for us between now and the end of the season. If we don’t manage to win, it’s very important that we try to pick up as many bonus points as possible.”

n Other games tomorrow see Bury II’s host Ipswich and East Suffolk at the Victory Ground, while the III’s are also at home against mid-table Earl Stonham.

Bury IV’S complete the Saturday card with an away fixture at Yoxford.

On Sunday, Bury I travel to Hadleigh, with the II’s are at home to Horringer.

Bury Ladies entertain Mistley at the Victory Ground.

n On Sunday, in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Three, Bury St Edmunds II’s (96) lost to Stowupland (97-4) by six wickets.

Following their terrific six-wicket victory the week before, the Sunday II’s faced a tougher test against second-placed Stowupland.

Bury batted first and made 95 all out in 36 overs, only Janek Raj making any sort of impression with 30 not out.

With no magical display from the bowlers, Stowupland won comfortably in 25th over.