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Bury captain asks for a little help from ‘Lady Luck’ at midway point of season

LACKING LUCK: Bury St Edmunds captain Sean Park said his side need a touch of luck to turn fortunes around
LACKING LUCK: Bury St Edmunds captain Sean Park said his side need a touch of luck to turn fortunes around

Bury St Edmunds Cricket Club need to befriend ‘Lady Luck’, according to captain Sean Park.

The club are currently rooted to the bottom of the East Anglian Premier League at the halfway point of the season, following their 116-run defeat at home to Frinton on Sea.

Captain Park said the margin between winning and losing was ‘so narrow’ and his side had been unlucky to keep falling on the wrong side.

“We’ve been unlucky,” he said. “Against Frinton we were bowling well but didn’t get the wickets.

“It’s a difficult game, cricket, when you are up against it, it’s very difficult to get back on form. So we need to get Lady Luck on our side.”

He admits there is not much he can do to boost the fortunes of his struggling Bury St Edmunds side.

The team (176) fell to their seventh loss of the season against Frinton-on-Sea (292-9) at The Victory Ground on Saturday, to leave them adrift at the bottom of the league.

The captain said the team are practising and working hard on turning their East Anglian Premier League (EAPL) losses into victories, and know the problem largely lies with the bat.

But having the knowledge of what’s going wrong and being in a position to change it are two different things, he said, as loss after loss breeds indecision, lack of confidence and frustration.

Saturday’s defeat to their visitors was an example of this, he said, as the side ‘bowled well’.

Losing the toss, Bury fielded first and began well, with Alastair Allchin picking up the first wicket for 4-1.

Despite this, the wickets slowed as Frinton set a decent total of 292-9.

George Loyd bowled well, collecting four wickets for 40 runs. Allchin took 3-58 in 18 overs while Park picked up the other two wickets.

In reply, only four Bury batsmen were able to hit their way into double figures, as the side stumbled.

Overseas player Murray Commins (72) was the only player able to surpass a half-century with James Sturgeon’s 27 the next best total from a Bury player as they limped to a 176 all-out total.

“It’s not good enough at this level,” Park said. “And, unless it improves, our season is going to continue to be a struggle.

“The boys know what the problem is and are practising, but we also need that break to get out of the bad patch.

“We need the cricket gods to give us a bit of luck. But it’s not going to get easy, with Sudbury this weekend.”

Bury will tomorrow be away to the reigning champions at the opposite end of the EAPL (11am), in a game Park knows will be ‘tough’.

“There’s difficult times ahead but we will keep fighting,” he said. “It’s not new to us to be here, we’ve managed to escape it in the past, and we can do it again.”

* In Division Three of the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, Walsham-le-Willows (168-7) lost to Bury St Edmunds II (215-6) by 47 runs.

In Division Six, Bury St Edmunds III (203-5) beat Battisford & District (277-8) by 74 runs.

In Division Nine West, Woolpit IV (345-6) beat Bury St Edmunds IV (101) by 244 runs.

In Division One of the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League, Bury Sunday XI (344-7) beat Mildenhall Sunday XI (103) by 241 runs.

* Greene King players of the week: Commins, Allchin, Loyd, Hugh Stanton, Andrew Longfield, Max and Ben Whittaker.

* On Sunday, The Victory Ground will host the first day of Suffolk’s three-day match against Bedfordshire (11am).

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