Bury St Edmunds 254-4 dec
beat Horsford 197 all out
by 57 runs
A double-century stand for the fourth wicket between captain Mike Comber and close-season recruit Callum Taylor saw Bury St Edmunds make a winning start to the new season.
After losing the toss, Comber and Taylor, who has represented England at under-19 level, added 224 for the fourth wicket.
Taylor demonstrated his class, playing fluently all around the pitch.
Comber (104no) and Taylor (129) put Bury, who also welcomed left-handed opener Dominic Manthorpe into the fold, in total command.
The players have put in a lot of work through the winter under Bobby Flack’s supervision, and looked like a team in mid-season rather than playing their first game.
Mark Nunn took a well-deserved five-wicket haul for just 33 runs from 12 overs.
None of the Horsford batsmen were able to establish themselves and Bury, who travel to Norwich tomorrow, picked up maximum points.
In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Five, Bury III (124-6) lost to Witham II by 49 runs.
Witham’s opener Godwin made an unbeaten 119 before Simon Aldous made 40 opening with Chris Honeyball for Bury, who fell short of their target.
In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Haverhill 293-6 beat Bury I by 123 runs.
Bury’s Sunday team, starting life under new captain Mark Nunn, dropped five catches, two off the unlucky Billy Riddick, as Haverhill posted a commanding score.
In reply, James McKinney made 64, Mark Nunn 27 and Chris Honeyball 22.
But they were not supported by the other batsmen and ended up 123 runs short of their target.