The 1st XI completed a league double over 2nd placed Woodhouses with a 156 run victory at Belfields on Saturday.
Bury batted first and had a cautious start to their innings, reaching 72-2 at drinks. Mukhtar Nasir (34) departed a couple of overs later, and two more quick wickets put Woodhouses on top at 90-5 with 20 overs remaining. Kershaski Jno Lewis and Gary Garner however fought back – the 6th wicket was worth 99 when the latter was bowled for 42. Jno Lewis reached his highest league score of the season, 91 from 67 including 8 fours and 4 sixes, before being controversially given run out in the final over. Bury finishing on 221-7.
A fired up Mukhtar Nasir took 3 early wickets, the third perhaps the most important, with Majid Majeed ran out at the non-striker’s end after Nasir spilled a chance to catch Nick Hardman. However, his stay at the crease didn’t last much longer – he picked out Ali Hussnain at square leg from a rare loose delivery in an excellent Alex Breckin spell. The two first change bowlers were also in the mood for wickets, with three apiece for Ali Naizi – the highlight being a superb grab at long on by Breckin – and Jno Lewis, who ended the game in a fitting fashion, knocking the middle stump out of the ground to seal a comprehensive bonus point victory over the promotion hopefuls. (Scorecard)
The 2nd XI were blown away at Radcliffe Road by Division 4W leaders Royton. Usama Akram (41) and Ali Hassan (38) provided a quick and strong start at 81-1, however a dramatic collapse, with 5 wickets for Dave Clarke and 4 for Joe Taylor, saw Bury all out for 104. Zarqash Ali took a wicket before the scoring began, but 66 from 67 balls from Clarke prevented any Bury hopes being raised, the target knocked off for the loss of 3 wickets inside 22 overs. (Scorecard)
On Sunday, the 3rd XI had a batting innings to forget, being bowled out for 57 by Edenfield. However, a valiant effort with the ball meant it was far from easy-going for the visitors, Bury taking 8 wickets with 3 in Scott Worswick’s early spell and 2 for Josh Bowen. (Scorecard)