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Eventful (and expensive) weekend of cricket for Bury St Edmunds squads

Bury St Edmund cricket is down on its luck, with the first team’s latest loss to Burwell compounded by a stray cricket ball causing Josh Toon a smashed window headache.

Bury St Edmunds hosted Burwell in the EAPL, as they searched for their first win.

Alex Oxley, the 16-year-old who has been called up by minor counties' team Suffolk, batting for Bury
Alex Oxley, the 16-year-old who has been called up by minor counties' team Suffolk, batting for Bury

But a four wicket loss condemned the team to eight losses from eight.

To add insult to injury, Josh Toon ended up learning the hard way about how far to park his car from the ground as a cricket ball shattered his car window during Sunday’s T20 game against Haverhill.

Burwell (189-6) beat Bury (188) despite a half century from Daron Cruickshank and three wicket haul by Mark Nunn.

The away side won the toss and elected to field first, taking opener Sean Cooper’s wicket for zero. Youngster Alex Oxley, who has just received a Suffolk minor counties call up, hit a sound 27 before he too fell.

Burwell's Ayden Brown bowls to Bury
Burwell's Ayden Brown bowls to Bury

Cruickshank took the game to the visitors with a rapid 61, before being out with the score on 113-4.

Sean Park made 30, Luke DePloy 12 and James Sturgeon 28 off 79 balls as the side were all out for 188.

In reply Burwell made a solid start, with opener Thomas Jagot holding the innings together with the side’s top score of 57.

Ben Seabrook was caught for 132-4 and the home side were back in the game.

But Burwell were able to reach the target despite losing two more wickets, finishing on 189-6.

It leaves Bury 17 points adrift in the league and 145 points off leader’s Sudbury.

n In the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, Mistley (127) beat Bury St Edmunds II (90) by 37 runs.

Bury suffered their first defeat of the season away to Mistley on a difficult pitch.

The visitors won the toss and elected to field, with Ollie Riddick taking three wickets and two each for Vivek Rajagopal, Billy Riddick and Adam Kizis as they bowled Mistley all out for 127.

But Bury were unable to follow it up with the bat, with Tom Curran the top scorer with 18.

Only Josh Toon (14), Mike Skelton (16), Danny Harrison (16) and Billy Riddick (13 not out) managed double figures as Bury were all out for 90.

n In Division Six, Stowupland (226-8) beat Bury St Edmunds III (131) by 95 runs.

Bury fell well short against league leaders Stowupland.

The away side won the toss, fielding first, but were unable to prevent Stowupland racking up 226-8 within their allotted 45 overs.

Bury, in reply, could only manage 131, with Max Whittaker top scoring with 26, followed by Owen Grisby on 22 and Simon Aldous with 19.

n In Division Nine West, Bury St Edmunds IV (138-3) beat Stowmarket II (135-6) by seven wickets.

Fielding first, Bury were able to limit the visitors to 135 runs within their 45 overs.

And followed it up with two half centuries that guided the team to victory.

n In the Hunts Bats T20 competition, Haverhill (153) lost to Bury St Edmunds (160-4) by seven runs.

Both Alfie Marston and Mark Nunn surpassed the half century mark to help Bury to a narrow victory.


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