Daron Cruickshank plunders an unbeaten century as Bury St Edmunds record a vital win at Burwell

Daron Cruickshank, who guided Bury St Edmunds to victory with a superb 111 not out at Burwell. Pictu

Daron Cruickshank, who guided Bury St Edmunds to victory with a superb 111 not out at Burwell. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Archant

Overseas star Daron Cruickshank smashed a wonderful century as Bury St Edmunds recorded back-to-back wins, away at Burwell in the EAPL on Saturday.

Fresh from celebrating only their second win of the whole summer, against defending champions Swardeston the previous weekend, battling Bury kept their noses above the relegation zone with a three-wicket success.

Horsford had dropped to the basement, following Bury’s win over Swardeston, but the Norfolk club responded by defeating Mildenhall on Saturday, so keeping just a four-point gap between themselves and Bury.

Just one club will be relegated, and it looks like being a straight scrap between Bury and Horsford, following Norwich’s win over Cambridge Granta.

Burwell made 270 after winning the toss, openers Thomas Jagot (27) and skipper Joseph Tetley (27) putting on 56 for the first wicket, before both became scalps of Sean Cooper.

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From a vulnerable position of 82 for three, Paul Summerskill then ensured that the hosts would post a challenging total. He struck a run-a-ball 117, including four sixes, putting on 90 for the fourth wicket with Jamie Seabrook (38).

But some miserly bowling from the experienced Cooper (10-2-37-2) and skipper Sean Park (10-2-37-1) at least kept the brakes on.

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“Burwell is a very small ground, so 270 is not too big a total,” explained Park, Bury’s captain.

“Just like last weekend, Sean (Cooper) and I managed to bowl tightly in the middle overs, and then our top-order batsmen all did their bit.”

Ben Curran (45) and Alistair Allchin (51) shared a second-wicket stand worth 93, Allchin striking nine fours, but it was Cruickshank who delivered the killer blow with a terrific 111 not out, off just 73 balls.

The West Indian all-rounder clubbed six sixes and 10 fours, enjoying good lower middle-order support from James Sturgeon (12) and Luke Du Plooy (15no), which saw the visitors recover from 143 for six to reach their target (275 for seven) with 4.1 overs in hand.

Park added: “Daron did what you would expect from a professional. He knocked the ball around and fancied his chances of hitting the ball out of the ground.

“He skyed a couple, and rode his luck, but it was a great innings, at one point scoring about 30 off three overs, while James and Luke both valued their wickets at the other end.”

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