Sudbury 107-4 beat Bury 103
by six wickets
Sudbury clinched the bragging rights over rivals Bury St Edmunds with a routine victory last Saturday.
There was a surprise before a ball had been bowled when, having won the toss, visiting skipper Michael Comber elected to bat first on the same surface on which Sudbury had been bundled out for just 80 the previous week.
Bury’s new overseas recruit Chintan Pashanka made a quick start as he targeted the bowling of James Poulson to strike three boundaries early on, but it was Poulson who won the battle having Pashanka caught at second slip to depart for a sprightly 21.
Poulson bowled excellently in his opening burst, soon having Ben Curran caught behind before trapping Dom Manthorpe LBW.
Then, he claimed the prize scalp of Essex batsman Callum Taylor, who attempted a back-foot drive, only to squirt it to backward point where Ben Reece held a low catch.
At 28-4, stalwarts Comber and Sean Park tried to steady the ship, but a bowling change saw Reece sneak one under the bat of the dangerous Comber and bowl him for just 10.
David Coyle was the next man to go, another victim of Reece, as he was caught at midwicket attempting a heave into the leg-side.
Mark Nunn and Park added 36 before the reintroduction of Dustin Melton saw Park feather a low catch to Adam Mansfield to leave Bury reeling at 89-7.
Nunn managed to get the score past 100 before he was the first of Tom Huggins’ two victims against his former club, and it was left to Poulson to complete the innings when again he found some movement off the seam to induce the edge and remove James Sturgeon to end the innings on 103.
In reply, Sudbury’s opening batsmen Tom Huggins and Nathan Poole started well, with the latter especially tucking into anything short and wide.
Nunn made the breakthrough when he bowled Poole off his pads, but Huggins was in a determined mood to ensure a home victory.
He played with great authority throughout his innings of 49, which was only ended by a stunning catch at backward point by Manthorpe, but by then the victory line was well within sight.
A couple of late wickets did little to dampen the home side’s celebrations.
Mansfield had shown excellent resilience earlier in the innings and it was fitting that he was still there at the end to see his side home by six wickets.
The win is a huge boost to Sudbury, who sit in fifth position in the EAPL table after six games.