Bury Cricket Club have a great weekend of results
In the East Anglian Premier League, Bury St Edmunds (255-8) travelled to Swardeston (255-8) to play the EAPL champions — managing an impressive draw.
Captain Sean Park won the toss and elected to bat in good conditions, but on a difficult pitch.
Alfie Marston (32) and 16-year-old Alex Oxley (50) enjoyed one of the youngest batting combinations at this level as they took the score to 80.
Oxley scored his first ever EAPL half century and received a big ovation that included the home team, having batted for almost two hours.
Daron Cruickshank also took the game to Swardeston as he hit 54.
Useful contributions followed from Josh Cantrell (21), Dominic Manthorpe (17) and Mark Nunn with 33 not out as the visitors posted a highly respectable 255-8.
In reply, Swardeston struggled to find a rhythm with Peter Lambert out on the third ball and his fellow opener Jason Reynolds superbly run out, the home side were quickly in trouble at 67-4.
But Norfolk wicket keeper Stephen Gray batted exceptionally well scoring 103 to save the home side’s innings.
A tense finish saw the game drawn.
In the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Bury St Edmunds II (159-2) beat Little Bardfield (157) by eight wickets, going top of the league.
Bury won the toss at home to Little Bardfield and elected to field.
Bury started very well picking up a couple of early wickets through Adam Kizis and Danny Harrison. Bardfield then began to rebuild and eventually finishing on 157 all out with Vivek Rajagopal picking up 3-37.
Bury batted well with Vivek and Josh Toon taking full advantage of Bardfield's only having 9 fielders with Vivek making 57 Josh Toon 47 not out, Tom Curran made a quick 41, as Bury chased down the total with 14 overs to spare, winning by 8 wickets.
In Division Nine West, Bury St Edmunds IV (211-7) recorded their first win of the season at Woolpit (210), with six junior players in the team.
The away side won the toss and stand in skipper Rob Johnson elected to field.
Woolpit started well but lost wickets steadily thanks to Kevin Dobson who took 3-33 and Samuel Aldous who cleaned up the tail also taking 3-31.
Woolpit were all out for 210.
Bury started well in reply and chased down the total thanks to an 80 from Rob Johnson. Kevin Dobson in at number 9 then shepherded the youngsters over the line hitting the required two runs off the very last ball of the game.
In theTwo Counties Cricket Championship Ladies T20 Section A, Bury St Edmund's Ladies (102) travelled to Felixstowe (99-3) for the second time this season, recording an emphatic nine wicket victory.
Once again captain Emma Ellis won the toss and elected to field first despite only having 10 players.
Ellie Costin sent Felixstowe's opening batter back to the pavilion early on giving Bury a fighting chance of another win.
A few overs later Ellie supported another wicket by Nat Samuels, taking the catch at cover. Bury bowled through the 20 overs leaving Felixstowe with a score of 99-3 wickets.
A mention must go to Sian Fagg who stepped up to wicket keep for the first time for Bury St Edmund's, managing to only give away one bye the whole game.
It was then Bury's turn to chase down the runs. Nat Samuels and Ellie Costin opened the batting and proceeded to stay at the wicket for the full 20 overs.
With an over to go the Bury score was 98, but Nat only needed one more ball to finish in style with a four through mid-off.
In the Hunts County Bats Suffolk Cricket League Division Three, Bury St Edmunds' Sunday II (251-7) played away to Worlington (109), bringing home the win by 142 runs.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. Yogesh (23) and Simon Aldous (56) opened, with Josh Toon scoring 40 and Mark Nunn a rapid 80.
Worlington were all out in 25 overs for 109. Joel Meridith took four wickets and Frank Stennett took three.
The Greene King Players of the week were youngster Alex Oxley, Daron Cruickshank, Mark Nunn, Vivek, Rob Johnson, Nat Samuels and Ellie Costin.
Next week Bury St Edmunds I are at home to Burwell in the EAPL while the second team are away to Mistley IIs.
The third team play Stowupland away from home and the fourth team are at home to Stowmarket IIs.
On Sunday the second team are at home to Thurston and the Ladies are away to Copdock.