Bury Cricket Club
Both the second and third XIs picked up bonus point victories on another warm weekend of action.
The 2nd XI travelled to a sun-glazed Alexandra Park in South Manchester to take on Friends Sporting Club 1st XI. Nathan Ramsay won the toss and chose to bat but Bury were soon in trouble at 13/4 inside the first 7 overs, which became 40/6. However, from that point onwards Bury grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with Aaron Davies (28 from 16) and Patrick Potts putting on 51 runs for the 7th wicket in just 5 overs, and another 40 was added for the next wicket with Mohammed Majid (35 from 22) also going all-out-attack. Potts well 2 short of a quickfire 50, and a further 31 runs were added for the last wicket between Faiz Amjad (18) and Matt Metcalfe, and so Bury were bowled out for 187 in just 30.4 overs.
The home side were in trouble early in their innings, with wickets for Majid and Metcalfe reducing them to 3/3 and then 23/5. There was some recovery, before Patrick Potts completed a good day all-round by taking 3/16 in his 4 overs. Friends Sporting were bowled out for 86 to give Bury a 101 run victory and all six points. (Scorecard)
On Sunday the 3rd XI hosted Deane & Derby for their Sunday Premier clash. The visitors chose to bat first on another hot day, and started well at 82/2 in the 17th over. However, a terrific spell from Josh Bowen, who ended with personal best figures of 6/43 from his 10 overs, turned the game on its head with Deane & Derby 10 overs later on 119/9. Issa Patel (35*) and Suleman Jiva frustrated Bury and kept them in the field for another 11 overs, before Will Moore bowled the latter, Deane & Derby all out for 162.
For the second week running there was a strong start to the innings with 49 runs on the board for the first wicket between Scott Worswick and James Towey. 84 runs were on the board when Towey was given lbw 5 runs short of a half century, and then James Weston (42) and Muhammad Bilal (35*) put on 67 for the third wicket, and put the game to bed. Bury came home with 4.1 overs remaining, for the loss of just 3 wickets which secured the winning bonus point. (Scorecard)
On Saturday, there was a below-par performance from the 1st XI which resulted in a narrow loss to Stand. After choosing to bat first, Bury lost regular wickets and only Ben Gorton (36) and Gary Garner (34) reached double figures for the home side, who were bowled out for 125. Stand looked to be making light work of the below-par total, with 71 runs for the first wicket between Jack Delaney (34) and Chris Williams (56).
However, once the first wicket fell Bury grew into the game, and Alex Breckin took a hatrick when returning from the Bury Church End. He took the wickets of Long and Catterall before waiting an over for the hatrick ball, when Matthew Morgan was given lbw to complete the trio. Alex went on to take 5/39 but Bury proved to not have enough on the board as Stand eventually got over the line for the loss of 7 wickets (meaning Bury took a losing bonus point). (Scorecard)