Bury St Edmunds one step away from reaching T20 finals day
Bury St Edmunds are one step away from reaching the national finals of a T20 competition after winning the East Midlands Area final on Sunday.
The club advanced to the quarter-finals with two victories, and a home fixture against Ealing, champions of the Middlesex area, now seems likely on August 16.
Victory in that game would send the club into finals day at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.
Michael Comber (83 not out), Sean Park (56) and Justin Bishop (32) helped Bury close on a massive score of 218-4 after their 20 overs in the semi-finals against Kimberley Institute.
Bury bowled the Institute all out for just 97 runs to move into the final, where they took on Oundle Town.
Park (66) and Bishop (35) got Bury to 159-6, before they bowled Oundle out for 153 with two balls to spare in a pulsating finish.
n In Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier Cricket League, Bury (142-4) maintained their recent good form to beat Copdock and Old Ipswichians (141) by six wickets and boost their survival hopes.
Copdock and Old Ipswichians found themselves reeling at 4-4 and only former Bury player Tom Rash offered any resistance as they were dismissed for 141.
In reply, Sean Park and Justin Bishop saw Bury home with a fine partnership of 92.
n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Bury St Edmunds II (175-7) lost to Brockley (176-4) by six wickets.
Ben Whittaker made a rapid 33 with Josh Toon scoring an undefeated 42.
Mark Geeves, a former Bury player, took the game away from Bury scoring an excellent 71 not out.
n In Division Five, Kesgrave (49) lost to Bury St Edmunds III (52-0) by 10 wickets.
Jon Hayes took 5-21 as Kesgrave were bowled out for 49.
Bury made the runs inside 13 overs, moving towards safety in the league table.
n In Division Eight West, Stradbrooke (161) beat Bury St Edmunds IV (147) by 14 runs.
Bury’s fielding was poor, except for another good keeping display from Ellis Edwards and Bury were all out for 147 in the last over.
n In the Ladies’ T20 Competition, Copdock were unable to field a team against Bury and forfeited the match, and in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Brockley did the same.
n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Three, Nowton II (233-4) lost to Bury Sunday II (235-1) by nine wickets.
Nowton batted first and made 233-4.
Taylor Edwards took a wicket with his first delivery, completing his hat-trick, only the second of the season for the club.
Opening pair, Saurabh Gupta and Charlie Johnson, put on 174, with Johnson making a century.