Bury St Edmunds suffer another defeat despite 61 from Daron Cruickshank
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Bury St Edmunds remain rock bottom of the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League, after suffering their seventh defeat from eight starts at the Victory Ground on Saturday.
Visiting Burwell, considered to be one of Bury’s relegation rivals, chalked up their third success of the summer with a four-wicket victory.
The one crumb of comfort for Bury, who in recent years have tended to be slow starters before picking up in the second half of the season, was that fellow strugglers Norwich and Horsford were also both beaten on Saturday.
Bury had stopped the rot, with an impressive equal score draw at defending champions Swardeston the previous weekend, but they were always up against it on home turf against Burwell.
Put into bat, the hosts were soon looking vulnerable on 64 for three, until overseas player Daron Cruickshank and captain Sean Park shared a 49-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
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However, the departure of West Indian all-rounder Cruickshank, bowled by Ayden Brown for 61, was a big blow for Bury.
The 30-year-old had struck a six and nine fours in his 63-ball stay at the crease, but his exit prompted a slump that saw the last seven wickets fall for just 75 runs.
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All-rounder Park was dismissed for 30, and although James Sturgeon made a patient 28 at No. 8, Bury were eventually bowled out for a disappointing 188 at the end of the 60th over.
Hopes of an early breakthrough were then dashed as Burwell openers Thomas Jagot (57) and Simon Donald (26) put on 48 for the first wicket, while middle order batsmen Ben Seabrook (32) and Henry James (39) sealed the home side’s fate.
Mark Nunn was Bury’s chief wicket-taker, with three for 58 off 15 overs, including that of top scorer Jagot, caught by wicketkeeper Alfie Marston.
Cruickshank (11-3-28-1) and youngster Josh Cantrell (15-6-33-1) both bowled tightly, but Burwell reached their target with four wickets in hand, off 58.3 overs.
Bury face another big match this Saturday, when they travel to Vauxhall Mallards, another of the lower-rung teams.
Mallards have lost five of their eight matches, and currently sit three places and 48 points ahead of basement dwellers Bury.