Bury St Edmunds captain, Sean Park, had slammed his side for a “lack of application” following the previous weekend’s six-wicket defeat at league leaders Sudbury, when they had been skittled out for just 79.
Sudbury enjoyed the perfect weekend, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, beating Suffolk neighbours Copdock & Old Ipswichian while their two main title rivals were both suffering defeats elsewhere.
Kent’s opening pair of Joe Denly and Daniel Bell-Drummond compiled a world-record T20 opening partnership of 207 on a night when records tumbled and the men from south of the Thames moved closer to qualifying for the NatWest Blast knockout stages.
Elmstead took a big step towards winning the Division One title in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship, by winning at Haverhill while nearest challengers Wivenhoe suffered a defeat at Woolpit.
Ben Shepperson and captain Adam Mansfield both made useful contributions with the bat as Suffolk gave themselves a chance of victory following day two of their Minor Counties Championship match, against Bedfordshire at Flitwick today.
Jamie Porter’s career-best return of 4-20 propelled Essex to a three-wicket victory over Gloucestershire at Bristol and revived their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast.
Ravi Bopara and Mohammad Amir bowled typically miserly four-over spells, conceding just 24 and 25 runs respectively, to keep alive Essex’s outside chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of NatWest T20 Blast tonight.
Paul Walter underlined his burgeoning reputation as an all-rounder of considerable promise with starring performances with both bat and ball as the tourist match against the West Indians at Chelmsford petered out into a draw.