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Captain calls for improved batting when Bury head to Cambridge Granta

By Sport Bury

Sean Park was left to rue another frustrating day with the bat which saw Bury St Edmunds lose at home to Mildenhall on Saturday.

For the second time in their opening five games of this year's Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, Bury were bowled all out for less than three figures.

Murray Commins top scored with 50 as Bury finished their innings all out for 93, with visitors Mildenhall reaching the target with five wickets to spare.

The early pacesetters in the Premier League did have to overcome a minor scare, after Ally Allchin (3-20) and Dominic Manthorpe (2-31) had reduced them to 33-4, but Tom Rash's unbeaten knock of 30 steered Mildenhall to victory.

Bury head into a trip to Cambridge Granta tomorrow (11am) sitting second-from-bottom in the Premier League, and captain Park knows his side must improve their batting performances if they are to climb up the table.

CRICKET - Bury (Batting) v Mildenhall (Bowling)..Pictured: J. Stanatis ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (2187487)
CRICKET - Bury (Batting) v Mildenhall (Bowling)..Pictured: J. Stanatis ....PICTURE: Mecha Morton.. (2187487)

"It was a really disappointing day as I thought we had a competitive side together for the weekend," Park said.

"We've only scored 90-odd and we've not just been poor with the bat this year, it's been for the last two or three years.

"We keep trying ways to fix it, mixing the batting order round, but the next few games will give us a better indication of where we are as a side. (Against Cambridge Granta) obviously, first things first, if we get put in to bat first we need to put a competitive total together.

"They're a good all-round unit and have some young cricketers and have done well the last four or five years."

Rash (2-18), Murtaza Hussain (3-20) and Nick Maiolo (2-8) did the damage with the ball to help Mildenhall reduce Bury to 93 all out. The leaders host Copdock & Old Ipswichian tomorrow (11am).

l Elsewhere, in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Bury St Edmunds II (107-1) recorded an excellent nine-wicket win away at Long Melford (104).

Charlie Cook (4-7) and Javed Inman (2-26) impressed with the ball, while Tom Curran made 75 not out.

l In Division Six, Bury St Edmunds III (136) had several unavailable players for their trip to Sudbourne Hall (265-6).

Jon Hayes (26) and Isaac Moss (23) were the top scorers for Bury in the run chase, which finished 129 runs short.

l In Ladies T20 Section A, Bury St Edmunds (40-7) were beaten by 10 wickets in their trip to Felixstowe & Corinthians (41-0) on Sunday.

l George Loyd made a superb 116 not out, and Cook (3-27), Samuel Aldous (2-14) and Ollie Riddick (2-38) took wickets, as Bury St Edmunds Sunday (228-4) saw off Battisford & District (145) in Suffolk League Divison One.

l In Division Two, Kieran Haynes (101), Paul Blake (95) and Alex Johns (6-58) ensured Stowmarket (216-3) defeated Bury St Edmunds Sunday II (215-9) by one run.

Greene King Players of the Week: Murray Commins, Tom Curran, Charlie Cook and George Loyd.

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