Win hands Bury the local bragging rights

AMONG THE WICKETS: Abhishek Jhunjhunwala
AMONG THE WICKETS: Abhishek Jhunjhunwala

GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 200 lost to

Bury St Edmunds 204-4 by six wickets

BURY St Edmunds travelled the short distance to Sudbury on Saturday and claimed the bragging rights with a six-wicket victory over their rivals.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat.

Following a shower, costing four overs, Tom Robotham took the first wicket of Peter Siegert (19) and Tom Rash that of Nathan Poole (26), before Sasha Ward claimed the vital wicket of Hasantha Fernando (50) with the score on 142.

Two wickets followed for Justin Bishop and one for Abhishek Juanjuanwala as the home side were reduced to 143-6, before a mix-up saw Ken Moulton-Day run out by Simon Rees and Ben Reece became Bishop’s third wicket.

The Sudbury innings was completed by a sensational run out by Juanjuanwala.

Bury lost captain Tom Huggins for a robust 20 off 13 balls, but Ward and Chris Lomas batted well to take the visitors’ score to 147 before Ward was out for 39.

Lomas was out soon after for an excellent 76, but it was left to Rees and Bishop to steer Bury home in the 31st over.

TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION FIVE

St Margarets 131 lost to

Bury St Edmunds III 212-8 by 81 runs

BURY’S 3rd XI visited St Margarets and claimed an impressive 81-run victory.

The hosts won the toss and put Bury into bat, with Phil Scherb (58) and Pete Thearle (67) getting the visitors off to a solid start.

However, the run-rate slowed somewhat but a vital knock of 41 from James Lofts helped Bury on their way to a finish of 212-8.

This was always likely to be a winning target and so it proved, as St Margarets failed to cope with the Bury bowling attack.

St Margarets’ skipper Allen scored 47, but once he was dismissed the game was effectively over as Bury ran out victorious.

NATIONAL T20

BURY St Edmunds’ hopes of clinching National Twenty20 glory were dashed on Sunday following defeat to Middlesex in the regional final of the competition.

Simon Rees won the toss and invited Middlesex Premier League’s Finchley to 
bat.

Tom Robotham had Selwood caught by Ben Bellward in his first over, but Jake Milton batted superbly in a partnership with captain Josh Knappet, adding 93 runs in nine overs to help Middlesex to 193-6 at the close.

This was always going to be a big ask for the Suffolk side, and despite James Lofts hitting three big sixes in quick succession, they could not cope with the devastating bowling of Tican Wnjesuge, who took four wickets as Bury were all out for 115, ending their involvement in the competition.