The 2nd XI had a strong weekend with the bat which saw them pick up their first league win of the season at Saturday, before they were cruelly denied progression in the cup in a bowl out defeat.
On a hot day at Radcliffe Road, Edgworth won the toss and chose to put Bury into bat, a decision they were probably regretting at 145-2 in the 28th over. Zain Khan’s early 28 was followed by a strong 3rd wicket partnership between Raheel Kayani (26) and Mumtaz Mirza (70). Edgworth pulled themselves back into the game in the last 10 overs, Michael Shore taking 7/41, with Bury all out on the final ball for 208.
Regular wickets stalled the momentum of Edgworth’s top and middle order, and when Mohammed Usman got the key wicket of Guy Haynes (41), Bury were well in control at 99-6. A 7th wicket partnership worth 42 threatened to put Bury under pressure, but ultimately, with 2 wickets apiece for Matt Metcalfe, Zain Khan and Usman, and 3 for leg-spinner Murtaza Ali, Edgworth were bowled out for 161. (Scorecard)
On Sunday, in the 2nd round of the 2nd XI Premier Cup, Bury again were batting first, this time against Stand. Joe Mitchell (40) and Scott Worswick (27) passed 50 for the opening stand in the first 9 overs to set the tone of the innings, which was continued by Mohammed Usman (50 – his second fifty of the weekend following his first in the T20 on Friday), Amir Hayat (40) and Tayab Shahbaz (31) – 259-8 on the board at the end of the 45 overs. However, Sunday afternoon’s storms swept in and in a very short period of time, almost entirely flooded the outfield, removing any chance of play in the 2nd innings. A bowl out followed, and it was the visitors who hit the most, 4-2 in total, and it is they who progress to the Quarter Finals. (Scorecard)
The 1st XI suffered double defeat in disappointing fashion, with a 8 run defeat at Edenfield on Saturday, followed by a 10 wicket DLS defeat to Werneth in the cup on Sunday.