Bury St Edmunds boost survival hopes by beating league leaders

CRICKET - Bury (Batting) v  Swardeston''Pictured: Ben Curran ANL-150824-002544009
CRICKET - Bury (Batting) v Swardeston''Pictured: Ben Curran ANL-150824-002544009
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Bury St Edmunds (225-7) beat Swardeston (186)

by 39 runs

Bury St Edmunds boosted their Premier League survival hopes by beating league leaders Swardeston to move out of the relegation zone.

Swardeston won the toss and fielded with George Walker accounting for Ben Curran and James Sturgeon.

After Tyler Lortan was out playing a loose shot, Sean Park joined his captain at the crease to renew a familiar partnership.

Comber hit one magnificent six onto the sports hall roof; bowling at Comber was like throwing a sock at a ceiling fan.

James Over, Mark Nunn and James McKinney pushed Bury to a competitive total.

Richard Sims and Lewis Denmark appeared to be taking the game away from Bury.

However, Tom Robotham tore into the Swardeston middle-order, taking three wickets quickly and reducing them to 155-8 and turning the game on its head.

James Sturgeon had a terrific game behind the stumps, taking four catches.

Swardeston were all out shortly after, and Bury took maximum points to move ahead of Saffron and Woolpit in the league standings.

n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Woodbridge & OW (88) lost to Bury II (89-2) by eight wickets.

Bury’s opening bowlers took a number of early wickets.

Dan Hill bowled his best spell of the season and finished with 4-14.

Ian Plumb smashed 41 not out off just 24 balls and saw the team to victory.

n In Division Five, Bury III (140) lost to Elmstead Grasshoppers II (142-3) by seven wickets.

Mike Ginn and Chris Honeyball got Bury off to a great start, but wickets started to fall, and Bury were dismissed cheaply.

Tom Curry was unlucky with a couple of missed caught-and-bowled chances, but Elmstead got the runs in less than 30 overs.

n In Division Eight West, Eye & District (241-6) beat Bury IV (127) by 114 runs.

Simon Aldous led a very young fourth XI.

Taylor Edwards took two wickets and Ollie Selfe and Samuel Aldous took a wicket each proving that they could perform at this level.

Saurabh Gupta was unbeaten on 40, but Bury were dismissed cheaply.

n In the Ladies’ T20 Competition: Mistley (46) lost to Bury Ladies (47-2) by eight wickets.

Mistley batted, and started well until Captain Esme Covington-Cross took a wicket.

Good fielding produced two run-outs in as many balls .

Lottie Kent took four wickets in five balls before Bury reached the target in just seven overs to move to the top of the league.

n Bury St Edmunds batsman Ben Curran was part of the Suffolk Development XI side which lost to Cambridgeshire by eight wickets recently.

Curran scored 28 in Suffolk’s total of 144 and returned the figures of 5-0-23-0 in the Cambridgeshire reply.