Confidence-boosting win for basement outfit Bury

FIVE-STAR DISPLAY: Tom Robotham, pictured against Horsford last month, took five wickets as Bury gained their second victory of the season in style at Saffron Walden
FIVE-STAR DISPLAY: Tom Robotham, pictured against Horsford last month, took five wickets as Bury gained their second victory of the season in style at Saffron Walden

EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Saffron Walden 41 lost to Bury St Edmunds 206-9 by 165 runs: Tom Robotham took five wickets as Bury had Saffron Walden all out for just 41 to register only the bottom side’s second win of the season.

With Sacha Ward having to leave the ground with illness at the club sitting just above them in the table, it seemed Bury’s bad luck would go on.

After electing to bat on a good wicket, they lost Justin Bishop for 12 and captain Tom Huggis for 26 with the score on 41.

But Michael Comber (74 off 82 balls) and 16-year-old Ben Curran (21), who batted with great maturity, soon took them past 100.

Adil Arif hit 13, James Sturgeon scored 25 off 52 balls and Russell Stockdale added 11 as Bury’s innings finished on 206-9.

Saffron Walden lost both openers with the score on eight, with Comber claiming the first of four wickets.

The innings collapsed shortly after with an unlucky wicket followed by Robotham having Paternott caught and Comber bowling Parmenter.

Walden’s 12-5 soon 
became 15-6 as Sturgeon took another catch off Robotham.

Robotham made the score 25-7 as Comber caught Winton after 16 overs and the spin of Stockdale saw Spencer-Hill caught by Huggins.

After tea, Joe Barrs battled for 15 before Comber again took a catch off Stockdale, only for Robotham (8.2-4-12-5) to complete his five-wicket haul with Sturgeon taking his third catch.

n Irfran Amin took four wickets for Bury St Edmunds III (140) at Elmstead (143-5) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Five, but they fell three runs short of victory.

n Bury St Edmunds IV (200-4) beat Eye and District (196-7) by six wickets in Division Eight West with Saurabh Gupta (55) and Sandeep Singh (40no) taking two wickets each.

n Bury St Edmunds’ Sunday side (204-8) won by 13 runs at Haverhill (191) in Hunts County Bats Division One with Tom Evans scoring 55 and Tom Curran 47no, while there were three wickets for Josh Toon and Jonty Poward.

n Simon Aldous scored a half century in Bury St Edmunds Sunday II’s 72-run defeat at home to Stoupland (218-5).

n Angela Jiggins played a starring role for Bury Ladies (118-4) at Frinton (92-6), scoring 59 in their 26-run win.