Weekend cricket: Bury fall at Halstead

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BURY St Edmunds Cricket Club lost ground on the top four in the EAPL after a 40-run defeat to Halstead, while Mildenhall were knocked off the top of the Two Counties Championship by Wivenhoe.

A total of 169 off 50.3 overs proved too much for Bury St Edmunds at Star Stile, with Syed Rasel a thorn in their side with the ball (four wickets).

After Tom Huggins returned an impressive three wickets for just 17 runs from 9.3 overs and Tom Rash took four wickets, Bury’s good work was undone at the crease. The Suffolk side only managed 129 in their chase of 169, with Tom Huggins weighing in with six short of a half century.

It means a 47 point gap has now opened up between the top four and Bury in fifth, with Vauxhall Mallards currently occupying fourth spot and Swardeston top of the pile.

In the Two Counties Championship Division One, the biggest game of the day was a top-of-the-table clash at Mildenhall, but the hosts were knocked off top sport after an 80-run defeat to Wivenhoe. They are now left seven points adrift in their pursuit of the title at the halfway stage of the season.

*FOR a full round-up of cricket reports, including match action and reaction, as well as previewing the weekend ahead, see Friday’s Bury Free Press.