Bury St Edmunds fall just short of first win in EAPL with draw

CRICKET: Bury II (Bowling/Fielding) v Sudbury II (Batting)
CRICKET: Bury II (Bowling/Fielding) v Sudbury II (Batting)

GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Vauxhall Mallards 
(268-6 dec) drew with 
Bury St Edmunds (259-9)

Bury St Edmunds travelled to Vauxhall Mallards on Saturday, with Daron Cruickshank providing a batting masterclass on his birthday.

The home side won the toss and batted first but found themselves on 41-2 after two good wickets for Bury.

John Ewart (72) was the pick of Vauxhall’s batsmen, alongside Luke Caswell’s unbeaten 45, as the home side declared on 247-6.

Cruickshank had the best bowling figures, finishing on 2-54.

Bury were slow out of the blocks in reply, losing opener James Sturgeon for zero, followed shortly after by Tom Curran for 16.

But overseas player Cruickshank – on his birthday – did more than steady the ship for the visitors, as he hit 141 off just 109 balls.

Dominic Manthorpe’s knock of 42 as well as a 99 run partnership with the Trinidad and Tobago star helped Bury power towards Vauxhall’s target.

But Mark Nunn’s fall saw him run out for 26 as the momentum slowed.

Two more run outs left Bury on 259-9, just 10 short of a first win, but enough to secure their second draw of the season.

They are now 31 points adrift at the bottom of the table, with Norwich their nearest rival.

Bury face Norwich at home tomorrow (11am) in a must-win match.

n In the Two Counties Championship, Division Three, Sudbury II (226-7) beat Bury St Edmunds II (179-8) by 47 runs.

It was a top of the table fixture, with Bury falling just short.

They next face Brockley III away on Saturday (1pm).

n In Division Six, Bury St Edmunds III (255-8) beat St Osyth (165) by 90 runs.

Bury won the toss and batted first, with number seven Kevin Dobson (75) posting the best score for the home side.

Despite James Handscombe’s knock of 91, St Osyth were all out for 165.

They next play Long Melford II away on Saturday (1pm).

n In Division Nine West, Exning II (171) beat Bury St Edmunds IV (108) by 63 runs.

They face Lakenheath II at home tomorrow (1pm).

n In the Hunts County Bats, Division Three, Rougham (133) lost to Bury St Edmunds Sunday II (205-9) by 72 runs.

Greene King players of the week are Daron Cruickshank, Dominic Manthorpe, Josh Toon, Kevin Dobson, Martin Sulley, Saurabh Gupta and Sandeep Singh.