Club Chairman Gary Garner closed the curtain on a 42 year senior career with a match winning knock at Elton as the 2nd XI put their league struggles behind them to progress to the 2nd round of the 2nd XI Premier Cup on Sunday.
Elton, batting first, looked set to set a challenging total at 92-2 with 20 overs to go. Matt Metcalfe (9-1-24-1) and Mohammed Usman (9-1-21-3) tied up the middle order, before Garner claimed the 7th wicket in his and the final over, Elton finishing on 164-7.
The Bury response didn’t get off to the best of starts, the top three all dismissed early on at 13-3. Garner and James Weston (42) came together for a 4th wicket partnership worth 108, before the latter was given lbw to swing the momentum and firmly put Bury in control. Sabat Ali Ahmed (21*) stayed with the chairman, who remained unbeaten on 62*, until the end as Bury ultimately coasted home by 6 wickets with 11.2 overs remaining. (Scorecard)
Sunday’s win followed a league defeat at Heywood on Saturday. Raheel Kayani top scored with 48, in a second wicket partnership of 86 with Joe Mitchell (27), however the innings lost momentum in the last 15 overs, with 142-6 being posted from 45 overs, a total Heywood chased for the loss of 7 wickets with 2 overs to spare, despite being set back to 5-3 early on. Benjamin McCulloch’s excellent knock of 70* led the way for the home side, although there were 3 wickets apiece for Mohammed Majid and Zarqash Ali. (Scorecard)
The 1st XI also fell to a disappointing defeat following a batting collapse at home to Saddleworth. Bowling first, Bury were well on top – a first Bury 5-wicket haul for Kershaski Jno Lewis (15-6-24-5) and early wickets for Mukhtar Nasir (15-2-40-3) had Saddleworth in trouble at 53-8. A resistant 9th wicket partnership pushed Saddleworth towards three figures, which they eventually reached, bowled out for 106. However Bury found themselves in a similar position – slipping to 22-6 and 46-7. Captain Dom Morris was the only one to reach double figures, and threatened to single-handily chase the total, but he was caught on 47 – Bury bowled out for 83 to see the points go to the away side. (Scorecard)