GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Vauxhall Mallards 254-6 beat Bury St Edmunds 253-9 by four wickets
WITHOUT captain Tom Huggins, who was resting an injury, Bury went down to a four-wicket defeat at Vauxhall Mallards.
Justin Bishop won the toss and elected to bat but Bury were soon in trouble, losing four wickets including that of Abhishek Jhunjhunwala for 35 runs.
However, Bishop (87) and Tom Rash (64) batted superbly, putting on 140 runs for the fifth wicket.
Bishop batted for 147 deliveries and Rash for 140.
Mark Nunn added a brisk 30 runs as Bury’s innings was complete at 253-9.
In reply, the home side reached 154-6 with Abhishek taking three of the first four batsman.
Bury were in with a real chance of winning but home batsmen Alistair Shearer (48) and Paul Bradshaw (46) remained at the crease to win the game with just five balls remaining.
Former Indian Premier League player Abhishek Jhunjhunwala had figures of 18-4-58-4.
TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Bury St Edmunds II 82 lost to Sudbury II 204-9 by 122 runs
BURY’S second string suffered a home derby defeat to Sudbury II.
The visitors won the toss and batted with Bury bowling and fielding well with good pace from Robbie Pryke and control from Javed and Adam Kizis.
Stuart Nunn was again the pick of the attack with 3-33 off nine overs. Young George Broughton kept well.
However, the home reply, apart from Hugo Rynsard-Perry (20), Simon Aldous (19) and Thomas Grint (21), never coped with the bowling of Woodson, Simmons and Robins as Bury were all out for a disappointing 82.
Elmstead Grasshoppers II 184-4
beat Bury St Edmunds III 180-9
by six wickets
BURY had another frustrating performance away to Elmstead.
The visitors won the toss, elected to bat and started well with all the top order making a start. Unfortunately, once again nobody managed to stick around long enough.
At one point Bury were 130 from 30 overs and looking at a good total, but the steady fall of wickets meant there were only three remaining with 10 overs to go.
The lower order steadied the ship to see out the overs and Bury finished with nine wickets down but a disappointing total of 180 to hand the initiative to Elmstead.
Special mention goes to Bury’s Don Logan, who has come out of retirement after a long absence, scoring a classy 25 before running out of steam, eventually getting stumped.
Elmstead got off to a flying start in their run chase and had scored 84 after just 14 overs.
Frank Stennett picked up a couple of wickets to halt the runs but the total was never going to be enough as the home side knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets.
HUNTS COUNTY BATS
Great Cornard 222-8 beat
Bury St Edmunds II 163 by 59 runs
ON SUNDAY, the second XI, captained by Alex Urqhart, visited Great Cornard who batted first scoring 222-8.
In reply, Bury scored 163-8 with Pete Thearle claining an excellent 77.
Taylor Wimpey players of the week: Justin Bishop, Tom Rash, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Stuart Nunn and Pete Thearle.
n The first team are away to Sudbury tomorrow (11am) and the third XI away to St Margarets.
On Sunday, a Twenty20 team will represent Bury St Edmunds at Burnham Cricket Club near Slough, in the regional finals of the National Twenty20 competition.
A coach has been booked to leave the Victory Ground at 9am, at a cost of £10 per head.
There is a Sunday second XI game away to Horringer.