Seven wickets for Josh Cantrell, but Bury St Edmunds lose at Swardeston
After the boost of a superb six-wicket victory over Vauxhall Mallards the previous weekend, Bury St Edmunds were well beaten by strong opposition in Swardeston, in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday.
Teenager Josh Cantrell had the distinction of claiming a marvellous seven-wicket haul, a fine achievement, but it was not enough to save the visitors.
On a rain-interrupted afternoon, Bury fell well short of their target as Swardeston, inspired by a terrific knock from Callum Taylor, ran out winners by 73 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Swardeston compiled a massive 338 for nine off their 50 overs, Essex county player Taylor smashing an entertaining 173 off 131 deliveries.
Alistair Allchin dislodged opener Jason Reynolds (1) early on, caught by wicketkeeper Alfie Marston, but opener Jordan Taylor (60) and Callum Taylor then added 154 for the second wicket to take the score on to 169.
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Opening bowler Allchin returned to the attack to account for Jordan Taylor, caught by vice-captain Sean Cooper, eventually finishing with figures of 10-0-62-2.
But Norwich-born Callum Taylor continued to wreak havoc, with aid from skipper Joe Gatting (15), wicketkeeper Stephen Gray 912) and Peter Lambert (40 off 21 balls).
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Right-arm offbreak bowler Cantrell had a memorable afternoon, taking the other seven wickets to fall to finish with outstanding figures of 10-1-59-7. This should give the 19-year-old great confidence for the rest of the summer.
Three of his victims were caught by skipper Sean Park, including that of 20-year-old Callum Taylor, who helped himself to eight sixes and 17 fours in his thrilling innings.
Marston also contributed a second catch and two stumpings during the closing overs.
Bury’s target was revised from 339 off 50 overs, to 179 off 21 overs, due to rain, and they finished on 105 for five, having soon slumped to eight for four.
Luke du Plooy, James Sturgeon, Tom Curran and skipper Park were all quickly back in the pavilion, and Allchin was then run-out to leave the Suffolk side on 18 for five, a helpless position.
Murray Commins (26no) and Marston (58no) played out the final overs, Marston striking with three sixes and five fours in his 52-ball knock.