Bury St Edmunds have lost confidence in their cricket skills, captain warns

BETTER BOWLING: Sean Park is not worried about bowlers like Sean Cooper
BETTER BOWLING: Sean Park is not worried about bowlers like Sean Cooper
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Bury St Edmunds’ cricket captain has said a lack of confidence is preventing his team from transforming their season.

The East Anglian Premier League side have now lost six from six, with their most recent defeat coming at the hands of rival Sudbury.

Sudbury kept up their perfect start to the season with a 181-run derby victory, while bottom-of-the-table Bury made it six losses from their opening six games.

The embattled side face 2016 league winner’s Swardeston on Saturday (11am).

Sean Park said it was difficult to turn a losing streak like Bury’s around, as the Victory Ground team had lost belief in their abilities.

“It’s not going to get any easier this weekend either”, he said.

“Playing the league winner from last year is going to be difficult, but going into it with a negative mindset isn’t going to help.

“It’s what happens when you’re on a losing streak, it’s hard to turn it around when you’ve lost confidence in your abilities.

“I’ve been telling the team that we have nothing to lose really, we haven’t been playing great cricket and things can’t get much worse — only better.

“I’m hoping we can stay positive and get some runs on the board, then the game is on.

“Obviously the result against Sudbury was not what we wanted.

“But all it takes is one big score, one great catch, just one good innings to change it.

“The most frustrating thing against Sudbury was the fact we didn’t even compete, we weren’t in the game at all, and that’s the major disappointment.”

A dramatic storm just before the scheduled toss foreshadowed Bury’s thundering defeat.

Bury won the delayed toss and asked Sudbury to bat first but openers Adam Mansfield and Tom Huggins struck boundaries quickly.

Mansfield smashed three fours on his way to taking 14 runs from West Indian overseas Daron Cruickshank’s first over.

Mansfield (62) enjoyed the lion’s share of the strike during the 95-run partnership he shared with Huggins (37) and reached his half century from just 60 balls.

Captain Darren Batch (73 not out) and Ben Parker (34) also shared a profitable 47-run partnership.

Ben Reece (52) picked up where Parker left off, hitting boundaries with regularity and putting pressure on the Bury bowlers.

The pair accelerated the run rate to push the Sudbury total up to 270-4.

Bury didn’t find it easy at the crease in reply, with opener Luke Du Plooy (0) dismissed after facing four balls.

It then became 2-2 four overs later, when Dominic Manthorpe was trapped lbw by Jonathan Gallagher.

Cruickshank (11) came in and struck two quick boundaries before James Poulson found his edge to give Mansfield his second catch of the day.

Sean Cooper (15) followed shortly after to leave Bury floundering on 34-4, before Park (8) was caught off the bowling of Dustin Melton, who later clean bowled Cantrell (7).

Mark Nunn hit Bury’s highest total of 25 runs as his side reached 89 during the crushing 181-run loss.

Park said it was Tom Robotham’s final game for the side while Ben Curran was now out with a knee injury.

But he was happy about the addition of promising batsmen with ‘lots of potential’ in Alfie Marston and Alex Oxley.