Struggling Bury claim first victory of the season

LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Vice-captain Justin Bishop steered Bury to a maiden victory this season with a second century knock in as many weeks
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: Vice-captain Justin Bishop steered Bury to a maiden victory this season with a second century knock in as many weeks
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Bury St Edmunds 255-8

beat Copdcock and

Old Ipswichian 163

by 92 runs.

Bury St Edmunds gained a timely boost by claiming a maiden victory this season, overcoming Copdock and Old Ipswichian by 92 runs.

Bury won the toss and captain Tom Huggins, along with Justin Bishop, batted well to score 79 for the first wicket, Huggins was out for 50 which included 10 fours.

The hosts lost two wickets before Ben Wright came to the crease with the score at 108-3 and again showed his quality as he and Bishop added 103 for the fourth wicket.

Wright was out for 40 off 75 balls with four fours and a six with the score on 211.

Bishop went on to score his second consecutive century, finally being out for 118.

Copdock, who had 54 overs to win the game, put on 29 for the first wicket before Gravell was out lbw to Huggins.

Soon after, Suffolk player, Martin Cull, had his off stump removed by Matt Hunn, but Tom Rash (46) and Adrian Nel (51) batted the visitors into a good position.

After tea, the game turned dramatically as Rash was out to Brad Mason - a poor ball despatched straight to James McKinney - and Nel was also out to Mason with a good catch by Adam Kizis in the deep.

From 114, the visitors lost eight wickets for just 49 runs as Huggins returned figures of 5-50 and Hunn cleaned up the tail with 3-34 off 11.4 overs.

n There was less success for the second team in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three, as they slumped to a 54 run defeat to Brightlingsea (222-8).

Vivek (2-43) and Javed (2-58) were the pick of the bowlers as the hosts reached 222-8.

That proved a margin too high in reply as despite Vivek (44), Price (33no) and Javed (21) all adding solid runs, Bury were all out for 168.

n It was much the same story for the third team (127) in Division Five, who were outdone on the road at Ipswich III (167) by 40 runs.

Winning the toss and electing to field, Bury quickly made inroads into the Ipswich top order, with Tom Curry and Andrew Green taking a few early wickets.

Danny Harrison picked up four wickets, while Duncan Moss also took a wicket.

Bury started well with Ben Curran scoring 29 and Chris Thomas 44, but apart from Andrew Green who smashed a quick 20 ,the rest fell away.

n The disappointment continued into Division Eight West where Bury St Edmunds IV (153) lost to Halstead III (239-3) by 86 runs.

Rob Pettit provided some good swing bowling, taking three wickets, while in bat Josh Toon scored 38, supported by Bob Steward, and Simon Loughe ensuring a third point.

n However, there was better news in the Ladies Twenty20 where Bury (97-4) overcame Ipswich and East Suffolk (87-7) by 10 runs.

Bury Ladies were invited to bat first and were soon in trouble at 9-3, before J Dungar (16) Helen Coe (16no) and E Covington-Cross (10no) took the score to 97-4.

In attack, E Ellis, Kitching and Stanford all took wickets, but the top performer was Covington-Cross with three wickets in a good spell that saw the home team all out for 87.

n Bury’s hopes of lifting the Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One Cup have been ended following a 50 run defeat to Mildenhall (247-8).

T Allen did most of the damage with the bat, scoring 117 for Mildenhall, as Vivek took three wickets and Tom Fairweather two.

Bury never looked like reaching their target of 248 but there was promising displays from Ben Curran (48) and Fairweather (34) in a 197 reply.

n There was also defeat for Bury in Division Four as they slipped to a 79 run loss away at Battisford II (256-5).

Chasing 256, Bury could only manage 177, with Raj making 43, Josh Toon 24 and Tom Evans 41.