Unlucky Copdock & OI in last-ball defeat while Bury also lose on opening day

Martyn Cull, who scored a fine 123 not out in Copdock & OI's draw against Great Witchingham.

Martyn Cull, who scored a fine 123 not out in Copdock & OI's draw against Great Witchingham. - Credit: James Ager

Both Copdock & Old Ipswichian and Bury St Edmunds suffered home defeats in their opening day matches in the East Anglian Premier League, but in contrasting styles.

Copdock were edged out in a thriller that went down to the last ball against Cambridge Granta, losing by just one wicket.

A terrific opening stand of 173 between Martyn Cull (100) and Jaik Mickleburgh (88) gave Copdock a cracking start on their way to a challenging total of 271 for three off their 50 overs.

Former Essex batsman Mickleburgh faced 108 deliveries, and struck 11 fours and a six, before he was bowled by Owen Simonsen. Cull went on to add 70 for the third wicket with Jack Beaumont, who made a swift 59 not out off 53 deliveries. Cull’s 100 came off 123 balls.

However, a stand of 117 for the third wicket, between Michael Pepper (65) and captain Jonathan Atkinson (94) gave Cambridge impetus in their reply.

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And they eventually scrambled home, off the last delivery, with Lewys Hill and No. 11 Rajan Singh at the crease at the end.

Meanwhile, Bury St Edmunds were well-beaten by 52 runs at the hands of visiting Great Witchingham, who were invited to bat first at the Victory Ground.

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James Spelman (76) and skipper Sam Arthurton (47) put on 123 for the first wicket, as the Norfolk side gained the early ascendancy, and they never lost that grip on the game.

Mark Nunn bowled well at the top of the innings, taking one for 36 off his 10 overs, having made the initial breakthrough by trapping Arthurton leg before.

But James Hale accumulated 66, batting at No. 3, as Great Witchingham advanced to a daunting total of 254 for eight off their 50 overs.

Justin Bishop was the most successful of the Bury bowlers with three for 44 off seven overs. James McKinney, the eight bowler used, claimed two for 43 off eight overs.

Bury were soon struggling on eight for two in reply, losing Ben Curran and Alex Oxley early on, both dismissed LBW by Andrew Hanby.

Opener Bishop top-scored with 40, and there were useful middle order contributions from Josh Cantrill (32) and summer recruit Alistair Allchin (36), but Bury fell well short on 202 for eight off their 50 overs.

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