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Bury suffer derby-day defeat as rivals Woolpit claim the spoils

ON THE ATTACK: Justin Bishop claimed four wickets on Saturday, but it was not enough to prevent a 21-run defeat to rivals Woolpit
ON THE ATTACK: Justin Bishop claimed four wickets on Saturday, but it was not enough to prevent a 21-run defeat to rivals Woolpit


Bury St Edmunds 200

by 21 runs

Bury St Edmunds are still yet to claim a first win of the new season after suffering a 21 run derby-day defeat away at rivals Woolpit on Saturday.

Bury put their opponents into bat and Michael Coomber had Webb-Snowling caught at slip, before Andy Northcote was also dismissed for 40, helping to put on 59 for the second wicket.

Craig Eastlea and Sean Dickson then took the score past 100 before a mini collapse saw Woolpit at 126-6 one over after lunch, leaving the visitors with high hopes of bowling the hosts out cheaply.

Will Parker (25)and Adie Starling (27) added vital runs to Woolpit’s total before Justin Bishop rattled through the lower order to finish on figures of 4-54 as the home side reached 221.

Bury faltered in their reply, losing Ben Curran, Sean Cooper and Phil Godden with only nine runs on the board.

Tyler Lortan and Simon Rees dug in and restored some respectability with a partnership of 49 before Tyler was also dismissed, caught off the bowling of Dickson.

Simon Rees was holding it together on 36 and went on to make a century partnership with Justin Bishop, eventually posting a combative score of 116 from facing just 124 deliveries.

Bishop fell shortly after, but with the score then on 179-6, Bury looked on course for a first win of the season.

However, after Rees was caught, Woolpit’s Michael Rippon claimed three quick wickets, as the visitors lost their last four for 20 runs to fall short of their target.

n There was better success for Bury St Edmunds II (163-5) who claimed a five-wicket victory over rivals Woolpit II (163-5) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.

Youngster Hassan Dahar proved the standout player with the ball, taking five wickets for 47, while Ben Tippett also took three wickets as Woolpit were dismissed inside 44 overs. In reply, Vivek Rajagopal scored an impressive 76 to steer Bury to their total.

n Meanwhile Bury St Edmunds III endured mixed fortunes in Division Five over the bank holiday weekend.

On Saturday, Bury (193) suffered a 44-run defeat against Wivenhoe II (237-6) but responded strongly to clinch a 81-run success over Great Bromley on Monday.

In that success, Ian Plumb and Sam Bishop put on an 80 run opening partnership, while Adam Kizis and Phil Godden also helped Bury finish on 214-7.In reply Jon Hayes (4-13) and Guy Robins (5-52) restricted their opponents to 133 as Bury eased to victory.

n In Division Eight Westm Bury IV (238-4) sealed a six-wicket success over Nowton II (237-5).


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