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Bury hold on for draw after chasing big target





Frinton 300-5 drew with Bury St Edmunds 242-8

Bury held on for an East Anglian Premier League draw after being faced with a large target against Frinton, writes John Urquhart.

The hosts lost key batsman Murray Commins to the first ball of the game before Mervyn Westfield played one of the innings of the season and showed why he was so highly regarded during his time with Essex.

He finished unbeaten on 160 and added 197 with captain Kyran Young.

In reply, Bury lost Dominic Manthorpe for 11 and Comber for 35.

Sean Park and Daron Cruickshank then batted very well to take the score to 136 before was Park was out for 50.

Cruickshank was caught on the boundary for 63 and wicketkeeper Alfie Marston scored a good 32.

In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Four, Bury II (358-4) beat St Margarets (97) by 261 runs.

Unbeaten Bury recorded a comprehensive victory over St Margarets.

Ben Curran (123) and Josh Toon shared an opening partnership of 157 with Ian Plumb (81) and Max Whittaker (50) piling on the runs for the hosts.

St Margarets had no answer and, facing a massive target of 359 for an unlikely victory, were skittled out for 97, Vivek Rajagopal taking five wickets for just 16 runs.

In Division Five, Earl Stonham (288-3) beat Bury III (159-8) by 129 runs.

Earl Stonham scored a competitive total which Bury struggled to reach, despite Hugh Stanton’s perseverance and Sam Bishop’s 54 and Joel Meredith, who improves with every game, making 51.

In Division Nine West, Lakenheath II (329-5) beat Bury IV (144) by 185 runs.

Finn and Elliot Bonas bowled very well but couldn’t stop Lakenheath posting a winning total.

In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Bardwell 178-9 lost to Bury Sunday I by nine wickets.

Bardwell batted first with Hassam Dahar taking four wickets and turning the ball square several times.

Bury reached the target for the loss of just one wicket with Daron Cruickshank scoring his second century in successive games and finishing with an unbeaten 126.

Alfie Marston hit the winning runs with a reverse sweep one bounce four.

In Division Three, Lakenheath II (221) beat Bury Sunday II (211) by 10 runs.

Saurabh Gupta played a captain’s game, taking three wickets and making 74 runs but could not prevent Lakenheath winning in a tight finish.

Greene King Players of the Week: Daron Cruickshank, Sean Park, Ben Curran, Josh Toon, Ian Plumb, Max Whittaker, Vivek Rajagopal, Sam Bishop, Joel Meredith and Saurabh Gupta.

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