Bury take on fellow strugglers in a pivotal league encounter

POSITIVE APPROACH: Vivek Rajagopal takes the attack to the Elmstead Grasshoppers bowling attack during Bury III's two-wicket defeat in Hatchick Two Counties Championship, Division Eight at the weekend
POSITIVE APPROACH: Vivek Rajagopal takes the attack to the Elmstead Grasshoppers bowling attack during Bury III's two-wicket defeat in Hatchick Two Counties Championship, Division Eight at the weekend
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Bury 252-8 lost to

Swardeston 256-4

by six wickets

Bury host fellow strugglers Burwell tomorrow (11am) in what appears to be a crucial fixture as they look to avoid being cut adrift at the bottom.

Still seeking their first win of the campaign, Bury’s plight was not helped by a six-wicket defeat at the hands of new leaders Swardeston Saturday.

After losing the toss Bury started well, to widespread relief, and Mike Comber and Justin Bishop put on 52 for the first wicket, when Comber was out for 42, scored at better than a run a ball.

When Sean Park was given out leg-before-wicket for 77, he and Tyler Lortan had put on 112 for the third wicket and had given Bury a really solid foundation with 15 overs to bat.

However Lortan was out shortly after, and when Simon Rees was out Bury had two batsmen at the crease who had yet to face a delivery.

Two more wickets fell quickly and Mark Nunn found himself in the now familiar situation of having to hold the innings together, finishing not out on 17 out of a total of 252 -8.

Swardeston are known as a batting side and they set about the target like they meant business, scoring at 10 runs an over.

Lortan broke the opening partnership, having the dangerous Peter Lambert caught-and-bowled for 63 from just 27 deliveries.

Bishop, Ben Curran, and Tom Robotham took wickets but could not stop Swardeston’s progress towards the target which they met, with six wickets to spare.

n Bury III (180) suffered a two-wicket defeat to Elmstead Grasshoppers (182-8) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Five.

Vivek Rajagopal was not frightened to go aerial in an excellent knock of 74 in Bury’s total.

Rajagopal helped put the brakes on Elmstead’s reply and was well-supported by Andrew Green, who kept his side in the game until the visitors crept home.

n Bury IV (218-4) suffered a two-run defeat to Eye and District (220-6) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Eight.

Bury bowled well, with an excellent keeping performance from Ellis Taylor, and a good run-out from Charlie Johnson.

In reply, Johnson batted well but then disaster struck when he was stumped with 35 needed off five overs.

Bury were left needing 14 off the last over, but fell two runs short.

n At the weekend, Bury II travel to Little Bardfield, Bury III are at Braintree II, while Bury IV face a stern home test against second-placed Battisford.

n Former Essex batsman Graham Saville will be the guest speaker at the Justin Bishop Celebration Luncheon on Monday, June 22.