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Report: Batting woes make it a winless weekend for BCC
14 Jul 2021

Report: Batting woes make it a winless weekend for BCC

14 Jul 2021

Disappointing batting displays and heavy rain combined to make it a winless weekend for the club for the first time since the opening weekend of the season.

The 1st XI slipped to a second defeat in a row, and the second to Flowery Field in 2021, in a rain-reduced game at Radcliffe Road. A short rain shower delayed the start by 30 minutes, reducing the game to 46 overs a side. Flowery's stand in skipper Owen Feakes out Bury into bat first and despite a good first few overs, the innings never gained momentum. Mukhtar Nasir top scored (61) with his third half century of the season, but Flowery Field's tight bowling kept the run rate around 3 for the whole innings, with Bury finishing their 46 overs on a below par 145/6. Adam Bardsley was the pick of the Flowery Field bowlers, with 4/34 from his 14 overs.

Three wickets in three overs brought Bury into the game with Flowery at 42/3, but Mike Finan (52) and Keegan Taylor, who both got scores in the reverse fixture, built a match-winning 4th wicket partnership worth 76 - Taylor finishing with 32* as Flowery eventually got over the line with 3.1 overs and 4 wickers remaining. Lee Halliwell's spell was the highlight for Bury, with 2/21 from his 6.5 overs. (Scorecard)

The 2nd XI game at Winton was abandoned due to very heavy rainfall during the first innings, which left the ground completely underwater. Matt Metcalfe had taken 3/13 from his 8 overs, including the wicket of Garner for a duck, in Winton's 84/5 from 23.1 overs. (Scorecard)

The 3rd XI also had a below-par performance with the bat in their game away on a damp wicket at Westhoughton. Opener Sohale Khan (66) was one of only two Bury batsman to make double figures as the side were bowled out for 116 within 29.1 overs in a 36 over game. Westhoughton looked to be in a bit of trouble at 48/3 but Philip Wakefield and Benjamin Sykes patiently saw the home side at St George's Oval, winning in 31.3 overs. (Scorecard)

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Report: Batting woes make it a winless weekend for BCC