Bury survive a batting collapse to register crucial first victory

BEST FOOT FORWARD: Mark Nunn bowling for Bury against Norwich. The opener finished with figures of 3-76
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Mark Nunn bowling for Bury against Norwich. The opener finished with figures of 3-76
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Bury St Edmunds (231-9)beat Norwich (229-4)

by one wicket

At 222-5 and with plenty of overs in hand to prise off the remaining eight runs for their first victory this campaign in 10 attempts, Bury St Edmunds certainly made life hard for themselves as they came within a ball of another defeat.

It provided a thrilling finale to the bottom two clash at The Victory Ground on Saturday, but after some tight early bowling from Bury, the loss of four wickets for no runs was a very unwelcome close for the hosts.

With Sean Cooper captaining in the absence of Sean Park, he put Norwich in to bat.

Despite an early wicket, the Norfolk visitors built a reasonable total, batting around William O’Donnell who scored an excellent 114, before being dismissed by Mark Nunn — who has been called up to the EAPL Xl to play Essex on Tuesday in a Twenty/20, caught behind by Alfie Marston.

Nunn and Daron Cruickshank both took three wickets and Josh Cantrell bowled 18 overs of tight off-spin as Norwich finished on 229-7.

In reply, Bury started with one of their best opening stands of the season with James Sturgeon caught behind for 19. Alfie Marston scored 41 to help his side to 149-4, when Nunn joined Cruickshank.

They put on 73 taking Bury to the brink of victory when both were dismissed on 222. Cruickshank scored 99, at almost a run a ball and Nunn 23.

Disaster followed with three further wickets falling on 222.

At 222-9 all seemed lost when emerging talent Charlie Cook joined James McKinney.

Cook calmly pulled a ball for four and then with four byes to follow, Bury scrapped home to win with just one wicket to spare for their first win of the season, moving them to within 16 points of their opponents above them in the table.

n Bury II (169-9) suffered a three wicket defeat at local rivals Brockley.

n In Division Six, Bury St Edmunds III picked up their third win of the season, away at Long Melford II.

Sam Harrison scored an excellent 63, well supported by Charlie Johnson 33.

Jon Hayes scored an important 26 at the end of the innings with the score reaching 188-8.

Javed Iman bowled a miserly spell of 15 overs with 4-7 ably supported by Stephen Tassell (2-43).

The game turned Bury’s way with an amazing catch by Owen Grisby with Melford finally bowled out for 186.

n Bury IV (180) were made to pay for losing cheap wickets at Lakenheath II (202-6) in a 22 run defeat.

Ollie Self bowled a tidy spell, finishing with 30-2 off 12 overs. Elliott Bonas also took two wickets.

In reply, Self (80 not out) and captain Neil Jefferies put on 84.

n Bury Sunday first team (178) went down to a 75 run defeat at Walsham-le-Williows (253).

Walsham had rebuilt after losing first five wickets for under 50 with Charlie Cook claiming three wickets.

In reply, Bury were never up with the run rate with opener Ben Whittaker hitting a very nice 56.

n Bury Sunday II (279-5) lost by nine wickets at British Sugar after a opening partnership of 275 (see page 135 for details and picture).

n Greene King players of the week: Daron Cruickshank, Sam Harrison, Javed Iman, Ollie Self, Ben Whittaker, Yogish Kumar and Dinesh Yadav.