For the first time this season, all 3 of our senior sides recorded wins to bolster their league positions.
The 1st XI visited Flixton, a ground where the most recent visits have yielded success, for their Premier 2 encounter. Mukhtar Nasir struck with the second ball of the day with overseas amateur Pienaar caught behind. Akmal Ghafoor and Sam Barlow came together for a 70 run partnership in just over 20 overs to build a strong Flixton foundation, however Bury’s overseas pair struck back with 3 wickets for no runs. D’Angelo Springer removed Barlow (35) and Oakley in the 22nd over, an over before Damario Goodman bowled Ghafoor (34). Rain interrupted play shortly after and an early tea was taken, with the game reduced for 45 overs. 3 more quick wickets fell after the restart, including that of familiar opponent Alton Beckford. Kamran Basharat took the game by the scruff of the neck, with a quick 38 from 30 balls to push Flixton towards a more competitive total. They were finally bowled out for 154, with Springer following his 4 wickets last week with 14-7-34-6.
Ammar Baig (33) continued his recent good form to get Bury off to a good start, 47 for the first wicket before a mini collapse swung the momentum back to Flixton at 62-4, which became 111-7. Ali Hassan played a pivotal role at number 5, keeping the game moving with 39 from 28 balls. Once he departed, Usama Akram (28) took over, and his knock steadied the ship, along with Patrick Potts, who hit the winning runs with 3.4 overs and 2 wickets to spare to seal a vital 5 points. (Scorecard)
The 2nd XI hosted neighbours Walshaw to Radcliffe Road and it was Bury who won the toss and elected to bat. Starts for the top 3, Mirza 33, Zafardeen 23 and Parr 16, laid the foundation at 83-1, but 3 lbws in 5 balls negated that early momentum. Joe Mitchell (24) and Sajad Safi (34) kept the score ticking along with 58 for the 5th wicket. Mohammed Majid blitzed a quick 21, helping Bury to 208 all out in the 43rd over.
Majid and Farrukh Ali Kayani struck very early to remove the key batsmen of Allum and Openshaw. After his 5 wickets in the first innings, Danny Holland passed 50 at around a-run-a-ball but only 2 other batsmen made double figures. Kayani sealed his second 5 wicket haul of the season, with 5/47, with Walshaw bowled out for 137 to seal another bonus point victory for the 2s. (Scorecard)
On Sunday, the 3s completed the league double over Monton. With the morning rain clearing for blue skies and warm temperatures, Bury batted first and Joe Mitchell made 23 before being bowled in the 11th over. Arshad Raza continued his good batting form with 35, his role mainly to accompany number three Patrick Potts, who made sure to maximise the punishment of each bad ball. Potts’ attack continued for most of the innings – passing 100 for the first time in a competitive game, and eyeing up 150 before the end of the innings. He eventually was caught on 137 from 91 balls – a knock which included 13 first and 8 sixes. Shoaib Khalid’s 23* and a big legside six from youngster Sabat Ali Ahmed in the final over helped the score push towards 250, with 247-5 from the allowed 40 overs.
The reply began with a stutter for Monton, with Josh Bowen frustrating the batsmen and earning his reward. A 10 over spell with the new ball yielded 5 wickets – taking his season tally to 22. James Weston took the final 3 wickets (3/5) and the home side were 120 all out – a second bonus point win for the club of the weekend, and the third victory. (Scorecard)