Weak batting display lets Bury down in a home loss

TOP SCORER: Bury St Edmunds' Justin Bishop ' one of only two batsmen to come out of the match with any credit ' bats his way to 45 against Norwich in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday
TOP SCORER: Bury St Edmunds' Justin Bishop ' one of only two batsmen to come out of the match with any credit ' bats his way to 45 against Norwich in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday
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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Bury St Edmunds 140 lost to Norwich 141-8 by two wickets: Bury St Edmunds were left to rue a poor batting display as they fell two wickets short of beating Norwich in an exciting encounter on Saturday.

The hosts’ Tom Huggins (36) and Justin Bishop (45) put on 50 for the first wicket before the latter was joined by Phil Godden to push it on to 95.

However, the fall of Bishop was the start of a collapse as nine wickets went down for just 45 runs added, with only Godden (11) and Adam Mansfield (12) joining Huggins and Bishop in double figures.

At 89-6, Bury looked favourites to win as Russell Stockdale (4-44) and Huggins (2-45) obtained turn from the wicket, but no more wickets were lost from 114-8 as Norwich got home.

n Second-placed Bury II (132-2) maintained their promotion push in Division Three with a comprehensive defeat of Abberton (131).

Vivek (4-44) and Toby Adams (3-12) were among the wickets and Josh Toon (49) and Tom Evans (51) put on a century partnership in reply.

n An energy-sapping spell in the field may have proved the difference in a tight encounter between Nacton (225-6) and Bury III (207-9) in Division Five.

Nacton chose to bat, posting 225-6 despite four wickets from Irfan.

In reply, Ben Whittaker scored 45, but four tight overs at the end of the innings from Nacton swung the game in their favour.

n A young Bury IV (138) side were well beaten by Stowmarket II (248-5) in Division Eight West.

Sujith and Taylor Edwards opened the bowling, well supported by Nathan Clements, but once wicketkeeper Elliott Spurling left the field injured, Stow crept up to 248-5.

Daniel Wood and Ellis Edwards started well and Hassam Dahar (20) top-scored, but Bury were bowled out.

n Bury Sunday (119) were crushed by Sudbury Sunday (345-8) in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, despite 40 from James McKinney.

n Bury Sunday II (182) also suffered defeat, going down to Sudbury Sunday II (286-4) in Division Four, even though Ali Afsar hit 74 and Ellis Taylor 25.

Greene King players of the week: Russell Stockdale, Vivek, Josh Toon, Irfan, Hassan Dahar and Ali Afsar.