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Park’s Bury looking to draw on the positives from derby defeat

Sudbury v Bury - Sean Park bats for Bury.Pic - Richard Marsham. (2926709)
Sudbury v Bury - Sean Park bats for Bury.Pic - Richard Marsham. (2926709)

Bury St Edmunds host Great Witchingham tomorrow looking to draw on the positives of Saturday’s performance in defeat at Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League leaders Sudbury.

Sean Park’s side, currently rooted to the bottom of the table and with only one win from their first half of the season (11 games, including two draws), went down to a five-wicket defeat at their fiercest rivals on Saturday.

But that did not tell the whole story as Bury, invited to bat by former captain Tom Huggins’ reigning champions, posted a very decent-looking score of 279-8 from their 64 overs.

After openers Tom Curran (24) and Alfie Marston (11) were both dismissed for 43, there was great strength to follow down the order – so often a problem for Park’s side this season – with big contributions from the skipper himself (56not out), Josh Cantrell (35) and the vital 92-run partnership between James Sturgeon (63 from 66 balls) and Alistair Allchin (54 from 58). The latter pulled Bury back from the brink at 151-6 with Allchin departing with the score elevated up to 243 in an innings that included five fours and three sixes. Sturgeon, who hit 10 fours and one six departed on the last ball of their innings.

The visitors made a very good start with the ball as Keelan Waldock was out for six, caught by Sturgeon off George Loyd’s delivery.

Huggins (33) and fellow Suffolk player Darren Batch put on 60 before Batch was out again caught by Sturgeon, this time off Sean Cooper.

Huggins went soon after, caught by Park off Cooper’s bowling before a shock result looked very possible as Billy Moulton-Day was out bowled by Allchin for 21 to leave Sudbury sweating on 93-4.

But after tea New Zealander Tim Johnstone (87) and Ben Parker (85no) batted the home side to a win, despite Johnstone becoming Cooper’s third victim (12-0-58-3).

Bury’s battling efforts did see them rewarded with 12 points however (10 batting and two bowling), with the deficit to second-from-bottom Norwich reduced by a point to 35 following their relegation rivals’ four-wicket defeat at the home of the visitors to The Victory Ground tomorrow, Great Witchingham.

l Bury’s second team posted a disappointing 110 all out reply to Mistley’s 135-9 in a Two Counties Division Three clash at the Victory Ground that was reduced to 25 overs a side for the England match. Charlie Cook took 4-31 and Oliver Riddick 2-24 while Mike Skelton top scored with the bat on 31.

Next up for the seconds is a trip to Haverhill II, the third team host Long Melford and the fourths make the short trip to Nowton II.

On Sunday Bury’s second team (155) lost at Brettenham (227) with young Finn Bonas taking 2-39 and three excellent catches.

Greene King players of the week: Sean Park, Alistair Allchin, James Sturgeon, Charlie Cook and Finn Bonas.

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