Woolpit tail-enders hold on to deny Bury victory

CENTURY MAKER: Bury vice-captain Justin Bishop on his way to 112no in their derby clash with Woolpit in the East Anglian Premier League at the Victory Ground on Saturday
CENTURY MAKER: Bury vice-captain Justin Bishop on his way to 112no in their derby clash with Woolpit in the East Anglian Premier League at the Victory Ground on Saturday
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Bury St Edmunds 195-3

drew with Woolpit 156-7

The first encounter at this level between Bury and Woolpit ended in a draw thanks to a determined effort from the visitors’ lower order.

James Deeley (7no) and Alistair Stewart (14no) — batting for the first time in the East Anglian Premier League (EAPL) — endured everything Bury could muster to extend their opponents’ wait for a win.

An unbeaten century from Justin Bishop (112no) had earlier put Bury in a good position.

Woolpit won the toss and inserted their hosts with Julian Crudeli bowling captain Tom Huggins (0) with just three on the board.

Bishop was joined by Shahzaib Hasan (26) to move the score past 50.

Pakistani international Hasan dealt in boundaries until Will Parker bowled him.

Ben Wright (23) played well on debut, but was caught just after lunch off Barry Collins, bringing Phil Godden (27no) to the crease.

The pair put on an unbeaten 92, during which Bishop was stoic in resistance, his 112no coming from 205 deliveries as Bury closed on 195-3 off 66 overs.

Woolpit were quickly one down when Tom Huggins took a good catch to dismiss Dudley Spiers (4) off Hasan.

Will Parker (3) was next to go, again to Hasan, caught by Bishop.

Suffolk batsman Ben Shepperson (39) played well prior to falling to Bishop, leaving Woolpit at 56-3.

Former Bury player Craig Estlea (33) and Woolpit captain Michael Jones (23) added 33 before Bishop dismissed Jones.

Momentum was hard to find for Woolpit, with Estlea out lbw to Huggins and Matt Collinge (1) following thanks to a brilliant catch by Huggins.

Bury scented a first win of the season when Crudelli (18) was dismissed as Huggins claimed a fifth catch off his own bowling.

However, Deeley and Stewart held firm as Woolpit finished on 156-7, Hasan (3-45) the pick of the bowlers.

n Suffolk Over-50s won their County Championship match at Lincolnshire Over-50s by seven wickets.

Woolpit duo Nick Crame (10no) and Julian Bradwell (25) helped Suffolk chase down 155. Earlier, Bury’s Kevin Dobson took a catch.