Adam holds nerve in bowl-out as Bury triumph at T20 event
Bury St Edmunds put a disappointing Saturday behind them by becoming East Anglian T20 champions on Sunday, writes John Urquhart.
They clinched their success after a dramatic bowl-out against Saffron Walden, who they finished level on points with at the top of the table.
Five nominated bowlers each bowled two deliveries and Bury’s bowlers were the most accurate.
Adam Kizis struck twice, Bury hitting five to Saffron’s one, to become East Anglian T20 champions.
Before the bowl-out, Bury played Vauxhall Mallards, who made 136-8. Sean Park took three wickets and James McKinney conceded 16 runs in four overs.
James Sturgeon top-scored with 34 and Phil Godden hit the winning runs with a ball to spare.
Against Saffron Walden, Mike Comber and Park put on 57 together and James Sturgeon put on 50 with Comber as Bury reached 124-7 before heavy rain intevened.
Bury will now represent the East of England at the regional finals, in Northampton, in early August.
n In the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, Norwich (200) beat Bury (155) by 45 runs.
Norwich won the toss and batted first, but Bury bowled with tight discipline and were rewarded with early wickets.
Phil Godden took a brilliant forward diving catch to dismiss Ashley Watson, the Norwich captain.
Tyler Lortan took 4-51 and Norwich were all out for 200.
After early losses, Lortan picked up the pace, scoring at a run-a-ball.
Watson came on first change and took two wickets leaving James Sturgeon to rally the tail, but he ran out of partners.
n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Bury II (116) lost to Brightlingsea (117-3) by three wickets.
Adam Kizis won the toss and batted, losing Vivek Rajagopal early but James McKinney gave some respectability, reaching 51.
Despite Rajagopal taking five wickets, Brightlingsea won in a close finish.
n In Division Five, Bury III (124) lost to Harwich and Dovercourt (281) by 157 runs.
Alex Malcolm got an early breakthrough.
Young off-spin bowler Joel Meredith showed promise, Hassam Dahar continued to impress, and newcomer Connor Roberts played well.
Owen Grisby stood in to open with Mike Skelton, who made 50, but Bury were dismissed quickly.
n In Division Eight, Bury IV (246-4) beat Brockley II (245-9) by six wickets.
Bury played five under-15 players including Olli Selfe, who took his first wicket in adult cricket.
Bury made a brilliant run chase, Saurabh Gupta scoring 43, Tony Riddick 68, and Rob Johnson an undefeated 96 to win.
n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Mildenhall 242-5 beat Bury (148-6) by 94 runs.
Mildenhall opener, Joe Reed, scored freely until he was removed by Hassam Dahar.
For Bury, Henry Colburn scored an undefeated 77.
Charlie Cook, Connor Roberts and Max Whittaker all played well.
n In the Ladies T20 Competition, Bury (113-3) beat Frinton (60-7) by 53 runs. Angela Jiggins made 52, supported by Fliss Cleverley and Helen Coe. Esme Covington-Cross sealed a hat-trick and finished with four wickets for just nine runs.