Vital draw for bottom-spot Bury as confidence grows

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In the East Anglian Premier League, Bury St Edmunds (255-8) travelled to Swardeston (255-8) to play the EAPL champions — managing an impressive draw.

Captain Sean Park won the toss and elected to bat in good conditions but on a difficult pitch.

Alfie Marston (32) and 16-year-old Alex Oxley (50) enjoyed one of the youngest batting combinations at this level as they took the score to 80.

Oxley scored his first ever EAPL half century and received a big ovation that included the home team, having batted for almost two hours.

Daron Cruickshank also took the game to Swardeston as he hit 54.

Useful contributions followed from Josh Cantrell (21), Dominic Manthorpe (17) and Mark Nunn with 33 not out as the visitors posted a highly respectable 255-8.

In reply, Swardeston struggled to find a rhythm with Peter Lambert out on the third ball and his fellow opener Jason Reynolds superbly run out, the home side were quickly in trouble at 67-4.

But Norfolk wicket keeper Stephen Gray batted exceptionally well scoring 103 to save the home side’s innings.

A tense finish saw the game drawn.