Bury stop the rot but are still left searching for maiden win
EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Saffron Walden 193-7 drew
with Bury St Edmunds 176-9
Bury St Edmunds’ quest for a first win of the new campaign continues after they were forced to settle for a draw with Saffron Walden.
Mike Comber again won the toss and asked Saffron Walden to bat first. Bury bowled and fielded with discipline, conceding only two boundaries in the first session of play.
At lunch Bury had restricted Saffron Walden to 53-5.
But a partnership developed between Joe Barrs and Matthew Gouldstone to put on 86 runs for the seventh wicket to set Bury a reasonable target.
Bury were in a strong position of 49-1 at tea with Ben Curran batting very well for 38. However, they lost Phil Godden and Tyler Lortan in the first over after tea without adding to the score.
When Comber was caught for 49, the initiative shifted back to Saffron, although Tom Robotham claimed the second batting point with a boundary.
Robotham could only watch from the other end as four wickets fell for just 10 runs, but with Tom Curran, the pair were able to hang on for the draw.
n There was less joy for Bury II (144-9) who suffered a 90-run defeat against Copdock and Old Ipswichians II (237-5) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.
After being asked to bat, Copdock put on 42 for the first wicket before going on to close on 237-5.
The Bury openers, Josh Toon and Vivek Rajagopal, made a brisk start which was continued by Owen Grisby, who put on 59 before being caught.
However, none of the remaining batsmen were able to establish themselves, none getting into double figures as Bury ended well short of their target.
n There was further disappointment for Bury IV (111) who fell to a 19-run defeat against Stowupland (130) in Division Eight West.
Stowupland batted first and Alex Malcolm had a second consecutive good game with the ball, taking 3-18 from his full allocation of 10 overs, including Stowupland’s top three batsmen.
Oli Riddick also took two wickets as did Samuel Aldous to restrict Stowupland to an achievable target.
In reply, Bury had a poor chase, and were at 5-4 at one point. Sandeep Singh (50) and the captain (36) tried to get Bury back in the game but team were dismissed for 111.
n There was joy for Bury Sunday (257-6) who sealed a four-wicket success over Haverhill (255-1) in Hunts County Bats Suffolk Sunday League Division One.
Haverhill elected to bat and despite Billy Riddick taking an early wicket, they bedded in and finished on 255-1 after their 40 overs.
In reply Mark Nunn (17) was dismissed early but his opening partner, Lortan (166) and Tom Curran (44)-6 helped seal the team’s first victory of the season.