Alfie Marston scores 96 but Bury St Edmunds suffer heavy defeat at Horsford

Alfie Marston, who top-scored with 96 but could not prevent Bury St Edmunds from suffering a heavy d

Alfie Marston, who top-scored with 96 but could not prevent Bury St Edmunds from suffering a heavy defeat at Horsford. Picture: PHIL MORLEY - Credit: Archant

Bury St Edmunds were hammered by 118 runs at Horsford in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday, although they did manage to secure six bonus points to move up to level on points with basement dwellers Vauxhall Mallards.

While Mallards, who played with just 10 men, were beaten by seven wickets at the hands of Great Witchingham, Bury were well-beaten at Horsford to suffer a fifth loss of the summer.

There were some positive aspects for Bury, not least a superb 96 from youngster Alfie Marston – the opener put on 97 runs for the third wicket with the experienced Murray Commins to chalk up his biggest score in the EAPL.

But Horsford’s total of 300 for eight declared, off 62 overs, was always likely to be a winning score, and a dramatic collapse saw the West Suffolk side lose their last eight wickets for 49 runs.

Bury captain Sean Park had won the toss and elected to field, but four of Horsford’s top six batsmen scored half-centuries, kick-started by a bright 50 off 58 balls from opener Chad Bowes, 40 of these runs coming from boundaries.

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Likewise Stephan Marillier bagged 56 off just 49 balls, with nine fours, before Callum Metcalf and Chris Read added 124 for the fifth wicket to effectively take the game beyond Bury.

Metcalf top-scored with 89, while Read contributed 52.

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Bury’s opening attack of Alastair Allchin and George Loyd both took three wickets. However, Allchin’s three victims came at a cost (16-0-100-3), and Loyd’s three wickets all came near the end of the innings, by which time the damage had been done.

Bury were soon struggling in their reply, with opener Tom Curran (6) and Max Whittaker (6) both falling to Thomas Nudd to leave the score on 36 for two.

Marston and Commins engineered a superb response. South African hard-hitter Commins struck eight fours in his knock of 49, off 53 balls, before he was trapped LBW by Ryan Findlay.

That was to prove the vital breakthrough, even though Marston went on to make 96 off 119 balls, helping himself to 15 fours before he was the sixth wicket to fall, one of William Rogers’ four scalps.

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