Fernando’s all-round effort destroys Bury

UNFLAPPABLE: Hasantha Fernando moves Sudbury into a commanding position with the bat before also starring with the bowl, taking six wickets in the demolition of Bury St Edmunds at the Victory Ground on Saturday.
UNFLAPPABLE: Hasantha Fernando moves Sudbury into a commanding position with the bat before also starring with the bowl, taking six wickets in the demolition of Bury St Edmunds at the Victory Ground on Saturday.
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Bury St Edmunds 65 lost to Sudbury 248 by 183 runs

SUDBURY ended a three-week cricket drought with their biggest ever win over local rivals Bury St Edmunds on Saturday – Hasantha Fernando starring with bat and ball.

The former Sri Lankan international peppered the boundaries as he clocked up a half century before taking six Bury wickets as they skittled their opponents out for 65 to record a famous win at the Victory Ground.

Having been inserted to bat, Sudbury lost Adam Mansfield trapped LBW first ball of the day by former Essex and England under-19 bowler Justin Bishop.

James Poulson and skipper Darren Batch consolidated to reach 51 before Batch was out caught off the bowling of Simon Rees for 22 and Poulson caught and bowled by Bury skipper Tom Huggins for eight.

This brought Sri Lankan professional Fernando and Nathan Poole to the crease and they led the side to lunch at 104-3.

The break did them no good and Sudbury lost Fernando and Poole in quick succession, Fernando on 52 and Poole 18.

Talbots stalwart Peter Siegert was next in and he batted throughout the next two hours, creating important partnerships with the lower order, finishing on 33no.

Bury started well as Huggins and Lomas got them to 32. However, a change of bowlers before tea did the trick as Reece removed Huggins for 17 leaving the home side on 41-1.

After the interval Jonny Gallagher removed Lomas, caught at slip by Batch. Adams quickly followed, clean bowled by Fernando’s slower ball and Rees was the next man to fall, caught behind.

Fernando removed Bishop, Godden and Mckinley for single figures leaving the home side on 56-7.

Mark Glassbrook offered a small amount of resistance as he fought for 27 balls for one run, but the loss of Kzisis and Tom Robotham soon followed and left him stranded – Bury all out for 65 in the 34th over.

Fernando finished with figures of 6-14 off his 11 overs, Gallagher 2-19 off 10 and Reece 1-8 off 2.

Sudbury were delighted with the 30-point win after a determined batting and phenomenal bowling display.

Now sixth in the Premier League, the Talbots host league leaders Vauxhall Mallards this Saturday (11am).