Bury St Edmunds gain revenge over Sudbury
BURY St Edmunds gained revenge on Saturday for their crushing Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League defeat at home to Sudbury earlier in the season.
Sudbury beat their Suffolk rivals by a whopping 183 runs at the Victory Ground in May, but Bury turned the tables at Friars Street with a six-wicket win.
A 115-run second-wicket stand between youngsters Sasha Ward and Chris Lomas set Bury on course to overhaul the home team’s total.
Ward fell for 39 with the total on 147, and Lomas was out four runs later after scoring 76 off 64 deliveries with 13 fours and a six.
However, Bury eased towards their target and victory came in the 31st over.
Sudbury skipper Darren Batch (32) and Kandage Fernando (50) had earlier added 83 for their third wicket, but Fernando’s dismissal led to four wickets falling for the addition of just one run.
Elsewhere there were defeats for Clacton, Copdock & Old Ipswichian and Halstead.
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Clacton captain Ben France scored 70 but lacked any support – the next highest individual score was 14 – as the Essex side were bowled out for 123 and lost by 71 runs at home to Great Witchingham.
Imran Sheikh and Stef Gericke had both taken three for 55 as the visitors were bowled out for 194 at Vista Road.
Copdock suffered a 13-run reverse at home to Cambridge Granta to lose ground at the top end of the table.
After the reigning champions posted 177 for nine, Copdock looked on course for victory as Archie Gravell (45) and Martyn Cull (48) compiled a second-wicket stand of 82.
However, the innings fell away thereafter as brothers Sean Park (17-6-30-5) and Craig Park (11.1-3-35-4) shared nine wickets between them.
Halstead’s disastrous season is showing no sign of an improvement in fortune as they lost for the tenth time.
Daniel Sincuba top-scored with 42 as Halstead mustered 168 all out at Star Stile, although there was a glimmer of hope as Vauxhall Mallards found themselves 12 for two.
However, Carl Amos (43 off 105 balls) dropped anchor and together with Christiaan Schoemann (107 off 88 balls) saw the visitors record an eight-wicket win thanks to an undefeated stand of 159.
Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League
Cambridge Granta 177 for 9 in 62 overs (S Park 44, J Atkinson 29, R Darkins 27, J Cowan 21). *Copdock & Old Ipswichian 165 in 61.1 overs (M Cull 48, A Gravell 45, S Park 5 for 30, C Park 4 for 35). Cambridge Granta (30pts) beat Copdock & OI (5pts) by 12 runs.
Great Witchingham 194 in 64 overs (J Hale 58, C Rogers 53, J Spelman 28, Imran Sheikh 3 for 55, S Gericke 3 for 55). *Clacton 131 in 51 overs (B France 70, J Spelman 4 for 35, W Lonsdale 4 for 56). Great Witchingham (30pts) bt Clacton (5pts) by 63 runs.
*Halstead 168 in 58.1 overs (D Sincuba 42, T Philp 27, N Dakin 22, B Blackwell 20, P Bradshaw 3 for 33, S Lipshaw 3 for 33). Vauxhall Mallards 171 for 2 in 35.5 overs (C Schoeman 107no, C Amos 43). Vauxhall Mallards (25pts) bt Halstead (3pts) by 8 wkts.
Horsford 171 for 7 in 51 overs (J Wild 32, C Sabburg 30, C Brown 24no, N Perry Warnes 23, M Wilkinson 20). Saffron Walden 141 for 8 in 43 overs (C Knightley 43, J Barrs 28, A Laws 21, J Wild 4 for 32). Saffron Walden (6pts) drew with Horsford (9pts).
*Sudbury 200 in 54.2 overs (H Fernando 50, D Batch 32, N Poole 26, A Mansfield 20no, B Reece 20, J Bishop 3 for 62). Bury St Edmunds 204 for 4 in 30.4 overs (C Lomas 76, S Ward 39, Abi Jhunjhunwala 28). Bury St Edmunds (25pts) bt Sudbury (8pts) by 6 wkts.
*Swardeston 149 for 8 off 49 overs (M Thomas 30no, G Walker 25, I Tufts 21, M Richards 3 for 42, K Toner 3 for 50) v Burwell - match abandoned both teams receive 7pts.
* Denotes home team