Weekend round-up: Bury St Edmunds through to last eight of National T20
Bury St Edmunds advanced to the quarter-finals of the ECB National T20 competition after winning the East Midlands Area final yesterday.
Michael Comber (83 not out), Sean Park (56) and Justin Bishop (32) helped Bury close on a massive score of 218-4 after their 20 overs in the semi-finals against Kimberley Institute.
Bury bowled the Institute all out for just 97 runs to move into the final, where they took on Oundle Town.
Park (66) and Bishop (35) got Bury to 159-6, before they bowled Oundle out for 153 with two balls to spare in a pulsating finish.
The previous day Bury boosted their chances of survival in the East Anglian Premier League with a six wicket win over Copdock and Old Ipswichian.
After wickets from Comber (3-27), Park (2-26) and Bishop (2-36) saw Copdock dismissed for 141, the hosts reached the target for the loss of only four wickets.
Bury remain bottom of the table after the win but have closed the gap on the teams directly above them, with the bottom three now separated by just three points.
In the football, Needham Market finished their pre-season preparations with a 2-1 win at home to higher level Chelmsford City.
Bury Town drew 1-1 with a Cambridge United XI on Friday night, while Mildenhall Town were 2-1 winners at West Wratting in their last friendly on Saturday.
Elsewhere, goals from Matt Morton, Josh Curry, Nathan Clarke and Charlie Webb helped Walsham-le-Willows beat Stowmarket Town 4-0 at Summer Road.
* For football season previews see Friday’s Bury Free Press.