Bury CC End of Season Awards Dinner Fri 6th Oct 7pm for 7.30pm Guest Speaker is the interesting & humorous Australian ex Somerset & Derbyshire Cricketer Peter Bowler - as you know your support at this event is vital & appreciated .Tkts are £27.50 pp please text Paul B Matt M or Alan B to reserve your tickets .
Northamptonshire's Nathan Buck is our sub professional on Saturday in our last match of the season at Prestwich. Nathan joined Northamptonshire from Lancashire this year and is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler.
With the rain starting at around midday, prospects did not look good for this key Sunday Division 1B game between Bury and Stand. The teams were second and third in the table, and hoping to make up ground on the leaders Glodwick.Having looked at the weather forecast, both captains agreed to a shortened game of 25 over per side and the home side won the toss and invited Bury to bat. Donovan Flaherty and Joe Mitchell opened up and the final ball of the over saw Donny clean bowled by Solis for 2. After running a bye, Jonny Stackhouse hit a beautiful 6 over midwicket from his first ball but was then clean bowled by Nuttall leaving Bury at 9-2. Mitchell (5*) and Gary Foreman (12*) played a watchful game in the drizzle until at the end of the 10th over, the umpires decided that the rain was to heavy to carry on with Bury on 26-2.Despite taking an early tea, there was no improvement in the weather and the game was abandoned. In terms of the result , this was disappointing for both sides but they and the umpires should be given all credit for attempting to get the game on.Next week (Sunday 10th) sees the final home game for the club as a whole as the 3rds take on local rivals Unsworth who lie 4th with a game in hand on the leaders. A good game is in prospect !!Roger Mitchell
Bury 224-8 - Flixton 227-2On a very good batting wicket, league leaders Flixton eased to an 8 wicket win over hosts Bury 1st XI, a win which leaves Bury with a very difficult task to ensure their Premier League status going into the last 2 weeks.Flixton captain Steven Hammond won the toss and elected to bowl first and Bury came out of the blocks quickly, looking to complete the double over their opponents. Mohammed Jamal and Jon Wiggans opened up and took the game to the opening bowlers, Hammond and Kamran Basharat. Vice-captain Wiggans (11) was caught in the slips by Luke Perry in the sixth over, a wicket that brought Bury pro Kasun Vidura Adikari to the crease. However, the wicket failed to slow down the home team’s scoring, with an Adikari six helping Bury to 63-1 after just 9 overs.With the bowling proving to be expensive, there were early changes made for Flixton, with spin duo Usman Tariq and Alton Beckford brought into the bowling attack within the first 10, and it was the latter who removed Jamal (36) in the 12th over at 68-2.After Jamal’s departure, Adikari took over the role of driving the acceleration, despite the run out of Fraser Parr (4) early on in his innings. A Casmond Walters six off Tariq over long off just before drinks took Bury to 131-3 at the halfway point, and Adikari’s 50 came up two balls later from 63 balls. Walters’ quick innings was ended when Johan Wessels entered the attack, from a good diving catch by Beckford for 26.Mukhtar Nasir played a good supporting role and looked in good touch, before he was bowled by Tariq for 16, with the spinner also quickly accounting for Mumtaz Mirza and Usama Akram, before Sam Nolan-Massey was stumped off his fourth delivery by keeper Alex Heaton off the bowling of Beckford. Captain Karl Belston stuck with the still unbeaten Adikari, who completed his maiden Bury century in the 48th over from 109 balls. He ended up with 109*, and Bury closed their innings on a competitive 224-8.The second innings began in similar fashion to the 1st, with bat dominating ball early on. Usman Tariq and Luke Perry, with over 1000 runs between them this season, opened for the visitors and gave their side a great start, at 42-0 after the first 5 overs. With usual opener Alex Breckin missing for Bury, spinner Casmond Walters was thrown the ball to open the bowling with Mukhtar Nasir, but the latter didn’t find his rhythm in his first couple of overs, and was replaced by centurion Adikari, who in turn only bowled one over all day, which went for 15. Wiggans was brought on to replace Adikari at the Bury Church End, and he and Walters stemmed the flow of runs, but neither could find a breakthrough.The second innings was briefly interrupted in the fourteenth over, due to an incident to umpire Ray Austin. Perry pushed Sam Nolan-Massey’s second ball into the leg side for a quick single, with Adikari having a shy at the stumps, but unfortunately he only hit the umpire’s leg. Austin was okay to continue, and the Flixton flurry also continued, with the help of 32 extras, including 25 wides from the Bury bowlers. Massey’s fourth over went for 17 runs, with Perry landing both fours and sixes, taking the league leaders to 117-0 after just 20 overs.Mumtaz Mirza entered the Bury 1st XI attack for the first time this season, and it was he who eventually brought the breakthrough wicket of Tariq (85) in the 31st over, caught by Jamal at long off. In the next over, the returning Nasir took the wicket of Perry (74), caught by Casmond Walters, but it was too little too late for Bury, with Hammond and Wessels seeing Flixton over the line to claim a 6 point and 8 wicket win, with 13.5 overs to spare.With Egerton later recording a tie with second-placed Woodbank, this was a win for Flixton that almost secured them the GMCL Premier League title, but leaves Bury in a very difficult position, being 9 points from safety with only 2 games remaining, going into games at home to already-relegated Glossop (2/9) and away at Prestwich (9/9) who are themselves one of the four clubs looking to claim that final position in next year’s Premier League.James Weston
11th takes on 12th in the penultimate 1st XI game of the season. Bury will be looking to bounce back after being well beaten by Flixton last week whilst Glossop travel on the back of a great victory against former leaders Bamford Fieldhouse.
Bury 147-9 - Springhead 140-7Victory against a gritty Springhead 2nd XI saw Bury 3rd XI move into second spot in the Sunday Division 1B, 7 points behind leaders Glodwick but with a game in hand.After winning the toss, Bury captain Johnny Stackhouse decided to bat and openers Joe Mitchell (15) and Harvey Fairclough (24) set off well but both went quickly and at the end of the 14th over, the home side were 48-2. Zain Khan (27) and Ahmad Bin Hussain (24) carried on in a similar vein but some tight bowling was slowing the rate a little. Stackhouse and Mike Conn pushed things on a bit with Conn’s bright and breezy 20 from 13 balls raising hopes of a bigger score but this was not to be despite a late flurry from Sully Sarosh (12) who ended the innings not out along with Josh Bowen.148 to win was by no means an impossible target but the visitors began badly when Sully removed Wilde for 6. Davis-Rice (25) and Shaw (28) soon got going but the introduction of spin from Mitchell and Hussain began to put the pressure back on. First, Shaw fell to a sharp catch from veteran keeper Andrew Mather off Mitchell then Arslaan Shah and Hussain combined to run out Grimes before Mitchell struck again, bowling Davis-Rice. When seam was reintroduced, both Conn and Bowen took wickets but Rice (38*) was proving to be a thorn in Bury’s side. Sully managed to dismiss Wrigglesworth and Springhead were left needing 14 off the last over but they only managed 6 meaning that Bury ran out winners by 7 runs.With four games left, Stand (A), Unsworth (H & A) and Whalley Range (A) the thirds need to work hard to see if they can catch the leaders and complete a very susccessful season.Roger Mitchell
Greenmount CC 283-5 - Bury CC 216-9After a few late changes, Bury CC 2nd XI set off for Greenmount with a good blend of youth and experience, four u18s and one u15 alongside some older-stagers. Captain James Stone won the toss and asked the hosts to bat which looked a very good decision as they were restricted to a mere 18 from the first thirteen overs thanks to some miserly bowling from Arshad Raza and Usman Afridi. The one wicket to fall came from a good catch in the covers by Ahmad Bin Hussain off Afridi. The second wicket came when junior leg-spinner Lleyton Belston coaxed a false shot from Foy and Ali Hassan made good ground from mid-off to take the catch at mid-on. Donnelly and new man McNaughton then began to push the run rate upwards until Donnelly (41) was caught by Sam Leach in the covers off Matt Metcalfe putting the score on 108-3. Willetts (2) was next to go, bowled by Afridi but with McNaughton, after being dropped a couple of times, now firmly in charge, the home side began to pile on the runs and he ended the innings with a magnificent 152 not out from 90 balls which included ten 4s and thirteen 6s, one of which is probably somewhere near Woodbank CC as we speak. Credit must also go to Banks who, after a slow start, moved quickly on to an unbeaten 50 as Greenmount finished on 283-4.This target was going to be a major test of character for Bury and they set off well with Stone taking 9 off the first over. In the second though he offered a return catch to bowler Crawford but the ball shot through his hands, clipped the bails and the unfortunate Hassan was run out. Stone then made good partnerships first with Hussain (24) and then Ikky Gorsi and Bury were going along well and keeping up to the required rate. When Stone went for 45, Leach (18) and Gorsi (75) carried on the good work until Gorsi was bowled by one that stayed very low. The later batsmen were unable to keep up the required rate so after some frantic arithmetic on the balcony, the 75% total was worked out to be 213 and the final pair of Belston and Metcalfe got the us over the line and kept their wickets intact to gain the batting bonus point at 216-9. Williams was the pick of the Greenmount bowlers taking 6-54.Bury should take somepositives from this performance as they could have easily lost heart and been skittled for less than a hundred but everyone worked hard to ensure that we did not let ourselves down.Roger Mitchell
Newton CC 190 ao - Bury CC 190-3After last week’s debacle at league leaders Glodwick, the 3rds travelled to Hyde, the home of Newton CC, hoping for a good team performance to get the season back on track. Matt Metcalfe’s afternoon began badly and having lost the toss Bury were invited to bowl.Things looked up quickly when Michael Conn took a sharp chance at gully off the bowling of Sully Sarosh and Arslaan removed the other opener to leave the home side on 9-2. The more experienced pair of Stringer and Pottage though, set about repairing the damage and were soon taking the attack back to the visitors. The bowling was flayed to all parts of the ground and beyond leaving Bury with their final match-ball and, at drinks,Newton were 164-2 with Pottage on 107. Bury were staring down the barrel of a 300+ total and a second consecutive defeat.As sometimes happens, the break proved the batsman’s undoing as new bowler Joe Mitchell, with the first ball after the interval, bowled Pottage with one that “stayed low”. This was the break that the visitors needed and when Mitchell removed the next batter in the same over, things began to look a little better for Bury with Newton on 168-4. Metcalfe’s afternoon improved a couple of overs later when, with the grace of a Gloucestershire cheese roller, he accelerated down the hill at warp speed and took a great catch to dismiss Stringer for 43 off the bowling of Zain Khan. Mitchell picked up a further 3 wickets including 2 caught & bowled and two run outs courtesy of Zain and Arslaan saw the collapse complete on a total of 189.Mitchell and Harvey Fairclough opened up the Bury innings and in a bizarre incident were unlucky not to get a “6” when, after running 2, the throw cannoned off Harvey’s bat and crossed the boundary. The umpires decided that only the “runs” should count, so 2 it was ! The openers put on 47 in 12 overs before Harvey decided to charge the bowler who clean bowled him for 15. Fraser Parr was next in and he upped the run rate scoring a bright and breezy 22 at more than a run a ball before being bowled from a full toss that looked a little above waist height. Next up was Jonny Stackhouse who increased the run rate still further with a 68, that included 6 maximums and 4 boundaries, off a mere 40 balls. When he left at 171-3 with 10 overs remaining a Bury win was looking inevitable. As the winning total neared, Zain (2*) did his best to get Mitchell back on strike but in the end, a wide ball saw the Bury victory complete and Mitchell stranded on 49* just short of his maiden 50.Following the previous week’s disheartening performance, this match saw everyone pulling in the same direction with a much more positive spirit which bodes well for the season’s run-in. The game will be remembered for a number of the incidents covereed above but extra mentions should go to James Weston who, despite numerous attempts, was unable to demolish the perimeter fence; Joe Mitchell who informed the umpire that the ball that landed on someone’s conservatory roof WAS a “6”; and the 8 Bury players pushing a seriously listing sightscreen up the hill before it toppled over.Roger Mitchell
Many thanks to Dan Rowe who delivered a thought provoking session on mental health and mental preparation for sport on behalf of Opening Up Cricket. This was a very worthwhile session and we would advise anyone to get involved with it openingupcricket
On Friday, Fraser Parr, will lead out the Bury CC All Stars Group onto the pitch at Old Trafford for the first day of the England v South Africa test match.
This Saturday we are pleased to welcome Endurance Doors as our Match Day Sponsors in our game against Flixton. Endurance Doors are one of countries leading suppliers of composite doors, for more information please visit their website http://endurancedoors.co.uk
With a large number of new clubs joining the GMCL in the 2018 season a new structure has been announced The GMCL are pleased to be able to publish our revised structure for 2018, on time, following the 17 applications to join the league at the end of June.. Read the document
THURSDAY OPENING UP SESSION IS NOW ARRANGED, FOR THIS THURSDAY 3rd AUGUST AT 7.30 On Thursday 3rd August all cricketers over the age of 16 are invited to join us for a special training session being hosted by Dan from opening up cricket. This will take at the club and last about 30 minutes and will take place within our normal training activities. This session through Opening Up Cricket promotes mental wellbeing through cricket, we would appreciate all senior cricketers attend, for more information have a look at openingupcricket.com
On Monday 7th August our Under 18's are in the Final of the GMCL Under 18's Cup Final against Flowey Field, we won the toss to host the the game and it will start at 6.00, come down to watch the next generation of Bury senior cricketers. All are welcome with the pavilion open for drinks and snacks.
The Latest TV Highlights from yesterdays Match against Walshaw are now online, to view all match highlights from this season click here
After Saturdays wins for both the 1sts and the 2nds against Walshaw the firsts move up one place in the Premier League whilst the seconds consolidate their third place in Division 4 West. On Sunday our thirds travel to Denton Cricket Club, wickets pitched at 2.00
This week at Bury Cricket Club we are pleased to host two great games of cricket. On Tuesday 1st August we have the opportunity to watch the Red Rose against the White Rose as the Lancashire Under 17’s Girls take on the Yorkshire Under 17’s Girls in the Royal London County Championship, Yorkshire currently top the table with Lancashire in second place. Wickets Pitched at 12.00, this will be a 45 over game. On Thursday 3rd August we host a GMCL Select XI against the Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. Four players from the Zimbabwe squad whom played in the recent ODI series against Afghanistan - Ryan Burl, Tarisai Musakanda, Carl Mumba and Richard Ngarava -have been picked in the Zimbabwe Academy squad. Former Zimbabwe captain, Tatenda Taibu will lead the coaching and is supported by former Zimbabwe team-mate Stuart Matsikenyeri. Wickets pitched at 11.00, this will be a 50 over game. The opportunity of seeing these young cricketers is one not to be missed, the pavilion will be open for food and drink on both days.
Team selection took place after the Punch and Judy show, Wayne and Mash did the pier walk leaving the younger element to spend a penny in arcades, Dom came up trumps redeeming what he thought were poker style chips to find they were only refundable for fruit salad chews, his pockets were bulging and given yesterday's performance any form of sugar rush to get his feet moving was welcomed. Rendezvous was all going to plan first wave of players and spectators were well into the Galleon fish and chips , SueBowen was well into her pitcher , this time fortunately it was a large costa and we all mosied back to penhryn avenue when CEO read out a tx from raza " hi Wayne checking I'm at the right ground, it is next to the council offices and as its 1.30 no one is here " umm Conwy doesn't have the same ring as Colwyn. Skipper for day Wiggy decided to buckthe trend and have a bowl and Colwyn finished on a healthy 210 with pro Rumesh Buddika stroking his way to 136 of them not out , there was a brief moment where he was on 99 wiggy managed to get him to top edge one straight down mashersthroat , unfortunately he wasn't aware and by the time he had completed a triple salcho re checked the height speed and velocity and he had tried to remove his glasses and hat all at the same time it was obviously in the airlong enough for Wayne to shout he's on 99 Mash, that proved to be a bridge tofar , in mashers defence he did land in the same vicinity but the idea of the keeper offering his gloves to do the necessary was lost and the pro duly obliged took the single and his quest for runs at the death was still in full flow. Somehow our second innings was turned upside down , literally and the upside down batting order got off to a slow sticky start Joe Mitchell pushed prodded and probed and to his credit scored a respectable 28 and with Kasun finding mid wicket Bury were soon behind the 8ball when Joe started the usual cannonball effect of tumbling wickets with James, Fraser , Harvey on debut being removed first ball , Masher all offering little resistance. A brief cameo from raza trying to makeup his earlier misdemeanour and few runs here and there somehow got us over 100just ,enter skipper Wiggy who's Russian roulette style tactics of running it to the wire was giving the spectators little hope of avoiding a whitewash began rebuilding playing an array of shots around the ground and swiftly moved into double figures , but it was Jamal who caught the eye with some thoroughbred stroke play , tinged with some lusty blows which resulted in half dozen maximums , and suddenly Bury had a sniff albeit the brains trust of watching captain chairman and Domo had wasp at 0% with 30 still needed and couple of overs left , once again Jamal proved to be the man for the big occasion and more powerful hitting to all corners remarkably brought us to the last ball ,scores were tied, unfortunately Usman's words of wisdom from the none strikers sent Jamals brain into scramble mode and his skip down the wicket to the last ball only managed to turn it into a yorker and it somehow managed to find it into the bowlers hand who did the necessary and ran him out. After a mixture of sighs, boos, and cheers had broken out it dawned on everyone what a good game of cricket had been achieved and Bury were thankful of the tie thus avoiding the whitewash and everyone was happy. Big thanks to all who took the time outto support and take part in another successful tour , special mention to James Weston who managed to complete a full week of tour with the boys ,unfortunately his hotels were located in Bangor and Colwyn Bay but he still managed to be heavily involved albeit from a distance , tour week was moved to encompass school holidays this year and it's hoped it will be supported infuture years by all connected to the club in young, old , past and present players and families to ensure the acquaintances and memories live on for the good name of the club and those who helped forge those links. Wayne
Big, big game sees everyone's favourite derby match, Bury v Walshaw. Bury will be looking for revenge after losing at Sycamore Road in a rain affected match in May.Only 4 points seprate the teams with the visitors in 9th spot and Bury in 11th but Walshaw arrive on the back of a great victory over then division-leaders Bamford Fieldhouse on their own pitch last week.Bury also had a strong weekend as well, losing very narrowly to Denton St Lawrence (away) on Friday in the GMCL20 Q Final then beating Egerton at home to make up ground against them in the relegation dogfight. The weekend ended with a home victory, albeit an unsatisfactory bowl-off one, against DSL in the cup semi to set up a final tie with Egerton !Bury / Walshaw games are always keenly contested affairs and with the added spice of relegation safety thrown in this should be a great game.
Day 2 tour blog Bubba Chubba Hayhurst cleaned up on the crazy golf and then rounded up tourparty for speedboat run. Seating arrangements were apportioned by the captain but upon leaving the bay at 10 knots it wasn't long before the Mayday call was put in with a reported ballast issue starboard, it was reported T20 captain Dominic, Big C and Joey had been inadvertently placed together. T20 eventually started once James Weston had recovered the score book from Bangor or was it Colwyn Bay ? A reasonable effort from Bury inthe bowling department with Ussy, Josh and the miserly Joe Mitchell Mickelson but catches win matches and this proved not to be the case with Raza spillingcouple of dollies. A challenging 135 was set to win. Dom certainly didn't live up to expectations with new responsibilities as captain proving tobig of a burger I mean burden. First ball, poles separated; send for Fraser whowas intent on the head in the air complete with back swing technique. Neverfails and an airborne catch to mid-on brought Big C to the wkt. Him and Joeyset about the opposition in the same fashion with Big C squirting one to point, Moz fell into the deep backward point trap and Bury were reeling at 44/4. Joeycontinued to gain some valuable time at crease obviously for his new found team St Chads and eventually fell for a spirited 23. Bits and pieces for Raza and Max got us nearing the giddy 80s and a brief cameo from Usman got us to 100. 2 defeats leaves us looking at a clean sweep for Wales with Colwyn Bay in sights. Less of the same and a night in Wetherspoons to clear the heads leaves us in a positive frame of mind. Wayne (TourCEO)