Signs of improvement from Bury
A much improved performance saw Bury St Edmunds (255-8) draw with Burwell and Exning (267) in the East Anglian Premier League.
“It was much better, from both individuals and the team,” said stand-in captain Sean Cooper.
“It’s all about belief. The younger players are good enough, and as long as they continue to believe, things will improve.
“If we can put two or three wins together, we could start to move up the table. But we have Frinton this week, and the defending champions Sudbury the following week. There are no easy games.”
As Bury got close to the target Burwell slowed down.
“That probably cost us an over, but in their position we would probably have done the same,” added Cooper.
A century partnership for the sixth wicket saw Burwell recover from 91-5, Joseph Tetley (123) and Jamie Seabrook (56) their major contributors.
Cooper took 3-51, with Dominic Mathorpe, Alastair Allchin and George Lloyd each taking two wickets.
Bury got off to the worst possible start, Luke Du Plooy out first ball. Murray Commins (24) and Tom Curran (69, including 14 fours off 85 balls) shared a partnership of 74. Manthorpe (37) batted well and was unlucky to be given out. James Sturgeon (49no) and George Loyd (22no) shared an unbeaten 73-run partnership.
l In Two Counties Division Three, Bury II (183-6) won at Tuddenham (158) by 15 runs. Charlie Cook (70no) took 3-33. Vivek took the other seven wickets at a cost of 52 runs.
l Bury III (144) lost at home to Yoxford (155) in Division Six. Bury’s spinners kept Yoxford in check, Finlay Bonas the pick with 4-20. Sandeep Singh hit three sixes in a quickfire 32, but Bury’s middle order struggled before Bonas scored an unbeaten 54.
l Greene King players of the week: Tom Curran, Dominic Manthorpe, James Sturgeon, Vivek, Charlie Cook, Finlay Bonas.