Bury fail to push home advantage in derby
Bury St Edmunds 213-9
drew with Sudbury 200-8
Bury’s bowlers failed to push home their advantage during a tense derby encounter with A134 rivals Sudbury at the Victory Ground which ended in a draw.
Chasing 214 for victory, Bury had Sudbury in trouble at 54-5, before the visitors recovered in stubborn style to share the spoils.
Bury skipper Mike Comber won the toss and batted, eager to secure maximum points for his side.
There was tension in the air when the Sudbury players were convinced that they had Daron Cruickshank caught behind but the umpire was unconvinced and Cruickshank stood his ground, going on to play the on-drive for consecutive boundaries before being caught behind a few overs later.
The experience of Sean Park, making 70, salvaged the Bury innings.
Ben Curran took a blow to the hand and was unable to take to the field straight away after tea, where upon the retired veteran Justin Bishop was plucked from the crowd and forced into action as the highest qualified 12th man.
Former Bury player Tom Huggins was caught quite brilliantly on the boundary by Mark Nunn, while James McKinney took three wickets and Sudbury were suddenly in some difficulty at 54-5.
However, Adam Mansfield, recently named as the new Suffolk captain, batted well with Alistair Younger (20) to add 63 to the score, after which James Poulson scored 58 not out to save the game and force the draw.
n Tomorrow, Bury entertain Woolpit at the Victory Ground in a crunch clash at the wrong end of the table.
Both teams find themselves in potential relegation trouble with fourth-from-bottom Bury just 12 points ahead of Woolpit in 11th position.
Defeat for either side would offer basement team Horsford, who play host to Norwich, the opportunity to close the gap, which currently stands at 27 points.
When Bury and Woolpit met back in May, it was the latter that ran out victors by a hefty 133-run margin.
Michael Rippon was in top form, scoring 104 runs, while team-mate Ben Cooper added a further 92.
Bury, in contrast, were bowled out for just 124, with only three of their batsmen able to produce a double-figure return of runs.
n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division Four, Bury II (237) beat Needham Market (179) by 58 runs.
Phil Godden made a welcome return after injury and scored 42 opening the innings, but it was Ben Whittaker who made the greatest impact with 66.
Needham, who only had 10 players, made a real game of it and kept up a good scoring rate but were finally all out short of their target, Hassam Dahar taking 5-39.
n In Division Nine West, Bury IV (274-5) beat Stowmarket II (246) by 28 runs.
Simon Aldous top-scored with 80 and with good support from the young middle order, (Hugh Stanton 43, Samuel Aldous 30 and Taylor Edwards 17 not out) set up a very competitive total which Stowmarket could not threaten, with Elliot Bonas taking 5-17 and Joel Meredith 3-23.
n In Hunts County Bats Division Three, Stowupland II (185) lost to Bury Sunday II (186-3) by 7 wickets.
Sandeep Singh, Mark Nunn and Saurabh Gupta took two wickets each as Stowupland made a modest total.
Bury reached their target easily in the 28th over with Dinesh Yadav making 64 not out and Saurabh 42 not out.
Greene King Players of the Week: Sean Park, Ben Whittaker, Hassam Dahar, Simon Aldous, Elliot Bonas and Dinesh Yadav.