Old Ipswichians 261
Bury St Edmunds 251-8
Bury St Edmunds maintained their push for a top-half East Anglian Premier League finish by holding third-placed Old Ipswichians to a draw.
Skipper Mike Comber won the toss and put Copdock in to bat on a grey day, after the start had been delayed because of overnight rain, and went on to take five wickets.
Max Whittaker had another fine game behind the stumps, including a stumping off James McKinney’s spin, and a leg-side catch off the bowling of another Bury young player who was making his first-team debut, Danny Harrison.
Dom Manthorpe (43) and Callum Taylor (97 from just 65 deliveries) built a strong partnership after the fall of early wickets, and put on 105 for the third wicket, which brought Comber to the crease, and with him, every chance of a win.
When he was out for 54 in the last over, Owen Grisby defended to ensure the draw and then hit the final ball for a magnificent six to secure the extra batting point.
Bury (eighth) return to action this weekend, with Burwell (10th) set to visit the Victory Ground tomorrow (11am), and they will be boosted by the return of their overseas professional Chintan Pashankar, as well as David Coyle.
Comber’s side will, however, be without the services of Taylor, who will be with Essex this weekend.
“It’s a massive chance for us to open up a gap on the teams below us,” the Bury captain said. “It’s a great opportunity to push into the second half of the season looking up towards the top half of the table, rather than the bottom half.”
n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Four, Bury St Edmunds II beat Hadleigh II by 12 runs.
Charlie Cook (33), Adam Kizis (30) and Stuart Nunn (26) were the top scorers with the bat as Bury finished their innings all out for 156.
Kizis’ team’s rampant form as unbeaten Division Four leaders at the middle of the season continued though, as Vivek Rajagopal (5-37) and Javed Imam (4-47) helped bowl Hadleigh all out for 144.
n In Division Five, Kesgrave (250-8) beat Bury St Edmunds III (117-7) by 133 runs.
Kevin Dobson’s team bowled first after a rain delay.
Kesgrave’s Worne and Kendrick put on 122 for the third wicket.
Tom Curry and Alex Malcolm, whose increasingly-reliable bowling took 6-70, bowled tightly.
Rob Johnson and Simon Aldous made a brisk start, making 44 for the first wicket, but apart from Ollie Riddick’s undefeated 30 none of the other batsmen made any impression and the target was always out of reach.
n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Mildenhall (276-5) beat Bury St Edmunds Sunday by 101 runs. Billy Riddick and Danny Harrison opened the bowling and bowled well.
Oliver Riddick came on first change with Charlie Cook and took two wickets.
Ben Whittaker top scored with a good 63 and formed a good partnership with brother Max Whittaker.
The batsmen all got starts but none could get established and Bury were dismissed well short of the target.
n In Division Three, Bury St Edmunds Sunday II (90) lost to British Sugar Sports and Social Club (91-5) by five wickets.
Losing the toss, Bury were put in to bat, making only 90 all out in 28 overs in a poor batting performance. BSSSC won in the 20th over.
n Greene King Players of the Week: Mike Comber, Callum Taylor, Alex Malcolm, Ben Whittaker.