Comber’s century sees Bury to vital first win in bid to stay up

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Bury St Edmunds 148-4 beat Horsford 147

by six wickets

An unbeaten century from Mike Comber saw Bury St Edmunds topple relegation rivals Horsford to finally record their first league win.

The Bury skipper fired his way to his second consecutive century after Mark Nunn had taken five wickets for 65 runs to restrict their opponents to 147.

Before a ball was bowled at the Victory Ground, the sides observed a minute’s silence to honour the memory of Philip Heathcote, an East Anglian Premier League umpire who lost his life in the Tunisian atrocity.

Horsford won the toss and batted and although Comber came steaming in from the Country End, full of menace and intent, it was Nunn who took early wickets.

At the first change of bowling, after 22 overs, Horsford had been reduced to 74-6.

Sean Park replaced Nunn at the Town End and took a wicket with his first delivery, sending Bridgstock’s middle stump flying.

Horsford’s captain Darren Smith offered some resistance and reached 50 just before lunch, but was bowled by Nunn immediately after for 69, dismissing Horsford for 147.

Bury lost Ben Curran with just two runs on the board, and Phil Godden immediately after, without scoring.

On 42-4, the game appeared to be shifting towards Horsford, but Comber and former captain Justin Bishop dug in.

Comber played some magnificent strokes and dominated the bowling to finish on 104 not out and win the game for Bury with six wickets in hand.

n In Division Three Bury II (191-9) suffered a five-wicket defeat at Coggeshall II (193-5).

Vivek Rajagopal and Henry Colburn built an opening partnership of 65, the promising Max Whittaker made 32, and Bury posted a respectable 191-9.

Coggeshall were slowed down by Vivek’s bowling but needed just six in the last over to win.

n Despite some excellent batting from Tom Robotham, who finished just short of a deserved century, Bury St Edmunds III (206) lost to Nacton (256) by 50 runs in Division Five.

Alex Malcolm took an early wicket for Bury and Robotham bowled with aggression, taking three himself.

Nacton’s bowler Bush took 5-41 as Bury fell short in their reply.

n Bury IV (161-8) were also on the end of a defeat, losing to Lakenheath II (207-5) by 44 runs.

Billy Riddick took two wickets, while Janek Raj hit 55 with the bat.

n Bury Sunday were skittled out for 26 in 77 overs in a 150-run defeat against Edwardstone (227).

Greene King Players of the Week: Mark Nunn, Mike Comber, Max Whittaker, Vivek Rajagopal, Tom Robotham and Billy Riddick.