Bury St Edmunds scrape home at Lakenheath

A WET weekend ended up with five matches reaching a conclusion in the Hunts County Bats Suffolk League, while in the east of the county the few matches that actually began were all abandoned after further rain in late afternoon.

At Lakenheath conditions must have favoured the bowlers – 16 wickets fell while just 116 runs were scored. Visitors Bury St Edmunds hurried the home team out for just 57, but lost six wickets themselves before scraping over the winning line.

The win pushed Bury up to third place in the Division One table while Lakenheath are anchored to the bottom.

In Division Two Hadleigh scored 185 for nine at Mellis, but that was not enough as the home team reached their target for the loss of six wickets. The result means that both teams have won four and lost six so far this season.

David Hodge was in top form with bat and ball as Hartest & Coldham beat BSSSC in Division Three. First of all he scored a century as Hartest put 245 for five on the board, then he grabbed five for 29 as the Sugarmen were bowled out for 98 in reply.

At Bardwell Harry Wright scored 66 for Sudbury II to set up a convincing 78-run win in Division Four, and to complete the list there was one match in Division Five where Bury St Edmunds II overhauled the Rougham II total of 188 for six to win by seven wickets, with unbeaten half-centuries by Raj and Pete Thearle.

In the MSC Suffolk Alliance Saxmundham scored 97 for eight in a match reduced to 30 overs, but Wortham could only reach 56 for four in 18 overs of the reply when rain ended play.

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The only other match to make much progress saw Woodbridge at 68 for four in reply to Needham Market’s 115 for eight when play ended.

They still needed 48 off 12 overs, which might have led to a close finish. If only.

Greene King Suffolk Premier League

Lakenheath II v Battisford and Walsham v Worlingworth, both cancelled.

MSC Suffolk Alliance

Section A

*Saxmundham 97 for 8 (P Sampson 30, G Butler 21, D Coleman 4 for 21, S Taylor 3 for 23). Wortham 56 for 4 off 18 overs (B Buckmaster 22, J Buckmaster 21). Match abandoned.

*Kesgrave 5 for 1 off 1 over v BT & Waldringfield, abandoned.

*Rumburgh 74 for 4 off 19.4 overs v Stradbroke, match abandoned.

Ipswich v Sudbourne Hall cancelled.

Section B

Needham Market 115 for 8 (30 overs: N Place 25, N Jenkins 3 for 39). *Woodbridge & OWs 68 for 4 (18 overs: M Strand 34). Match abandoned.

*Southwold 19 for 1 (10.4 overs) v St Margarets, match abandoned.

Brantham v Worlingworth and Martlesham Nomads v Caribbeans cancelled.

Section C

*BT & Waldringfield II 14 for 1 (6 overs) v Eye, match abandoned.

Bawdsey v Melton St Audry’s, Castle v Rosary Cavaliers and Stowupland v Ipswich & East Suffolk all cancelled.

Section D

Coddenham & Grundisburgh v Nacton, Felixstowe v Felixstowe Corinthians, Stradbroke II v Yoxford and Worlingworth II v DBSL all cancelled.

Hunts County Bats Suffolk League

Division One

Lakenheath 57. Bury St Edmunds 59 for 6. Bury St Edmunds (20) bt Lakenheath (3) by 4 wkts.

Ampton & Culford v Mildenhall, Woolpit v Worlington and Sudbury v Acton all abandoned.

Division Two

Hadleigh 185 for 9. Mellis 186 for 6. Mellis (20) bt Hadleigh (7) by 4 wkts.

Exning v Stowmarket, Withersfield v Battisford, Tuddenham v Brettenham and Walsham le Willows v Brockley all abandoned.

Division Three

Hartest & Coldham 245 for 5 (D Hodge 100, Atkinson 61, Roberts 48). BSSSC 98 (D Hodge 5 for 29, M Hoadley 3 for 49). Hartest & Coldham (20) bt BSSSC (2) by 147 runs.

Earl Stonham v Thurston, Rougham v Horringer, Tendring Park v Nowton and Cavendish Wanderers v Lavenham all abandoned.

Division Four

Sudbury II 171 (H Wright 66). Bardwell 93 (A Devoy 31no). Sudbury II (20) bt Bardwell (5) by 78 runs.

Battisford II v Woolpit Academy, Haverhill II v Long Melford and Great Cornard v Mildenhall II all abandoned.

Division Five

Rougham II 188 for 6 (M Barrett 70no). Bury St Edmunds II 191 for 3 (J Raj 59no, P Thearle 52no). Bury St Edmunds II (20) bt Rougham II (5) by 7 wkts.

Acton II v Elveden, Nowton Academy v Mellis II and Elmswell v Stowupland all abandoned.

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