Copdock and Old
Ipswichians 222 drew with Bury St Edmunds 192-6
Mike Comber took the 1st XI to Ipswich to play the team currently sitting third in the EAPCL table, writes John Urquhart.
Copdock were put in to bat their opening pair putting on 42 before Mark Nunn broke the partnership, bowling Copdock’s Cull for 29. At lunch Copdock were 116-4 with honours even.
Bury bowled tidily, with six bowlers sharing the wickets and dismissing Copdock for the double Nelson inside 63 overs. The reply started indifferently with openers Ben Curran and Sean Cooper dismissed with just five runs on the board. After Phil Godden was dismissed, Tyler Lortan and Mike Comber had to dig in to restore order, Mike taking 25 carefully-considered deliveries to get off the mark. They put on 55 together before Mike was out for 23. Tyler then took over, and with Justin Bishop batting further down the order than usual, put together a solid partnership of 53.
When the sixth wicket fell on 154 – Tyler’s, for a purposeful 69 - the draw looked to be the likely outcome. James Sturgeon and Mark Nunn found themselves within striking distance of the target, and although both finished unbeaten, James on 34 and Mark on 13, they had to settle for the draw, 30 runs short of the target.
n In the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Bury II (47) were hammered on the road at Brockley (284-4) by 237 runs.
n There was also a big defeat for Bury III in Division Five, going down away at Kesgrave by 191 runs. Bury, only fielding nine, put 160 on the board in response to the home effort of 351-2.
n There was joy for the Bury 1st XI Sunday side (180-7) as they won at Brockley (150)in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One.
n Further pride was restored as the Bury Sunday II (228-7) beat Nowton IIs (178-4) at home in Division Three.
n Bury Ladies XI (115-4) suffered defeat by 25 runs in their first fixture, at home to Copdock and Old Ipswichians (140-3).