The 1st and 2nd teams both came home with the points after long days in the sun on the road. The 1st team were in action at Heywood, looking to bounce back from 2 defeats in the last 2 weeks. Heywood's Caleb Grant put Bury right under pressure in the first over after Gary Garner won the toss and chose to bat, both Ben Gorton and Mukhtar Nasir out for no score in the first 6 balls. Ammar Baig and Dom Morris very patiently rebuilt the innings, and when Baig was bowled by Chris Humphreys (15-7-28-1) on 24, Alex Breckin joined Morris at the crease for a lengthy partnership. Dom reached 50 with his 110th ball, which included 3 big sixes on a big ground, and he was bowled for 63 with 10 overs to go, with 120 on the board. Alex Breckin and Ghalib Sarosh (20) pushed the runs well, Breckin got to his half century from 85 balls and finished with 63, and Bury managed 185/6 from their 50 overs. Alex Breckin got the early big wicket of Bobby Cross (14), before Lee Halliwell and Ahmed Matloob both struck in their first overs to leave Heywood's top three all back in the shed with 32 on the board. Matloob (4/53) and Breckin continued to take wickets - Heywood's captain Sean Burrill (41 from 28) gave his side a realistic hope of victory before he was stumped by Ben Gorton, and when Caleb Grant was caught by Ammar Baig the home side's chances had faded dramatically. Breckin (4/33) took the final wicket to leave Heywood 33 runs short of their target, completing the double over them for the Radcliffe Road men. (Scorecard) The 2nd XI were in action on the road as well, at Stretford. The home side won the toss but were in early trouble at 9-3 after 9 overs thanks to an economical start from Matt Metcalfe and Mohammed Majid. Both the opening bowlers took 2 wickets, and there was 1 wicket apiece for Harry Williamson, George Mills and Zain Khan as Stretford reached 171-8 from their 45 overs. There was good contributions from the top 5, with a well paced 42 from Joe Mitchell, 23 for Zain Khan, 32* from Syed Hashmi and 21 for Patrick Potts - and the win was wrapped up with 5.1 overs remaining, by 5 wickets. (Scorecard) The 3rd XI had a day that will hopefully not live long into the memory with a thumping 9 wicket defeat at home to Oldham West inside 2 and a half hours. Bury were in all sorts of trouble at 14-5 inside 9 overs. Sajad Safi (38) and Faiz Amjad (11) were the only two to make it to double figures, but Safi's contribution pushed Bury upto 84 all out before being bowled in the 22nd over. The 2019 1st XI Championship Cup finalists made very light work, with Muneeb Ahmed hitting 64* from 38 balls with the run chase completed in 10.2 overs. (Scorecard)
Bury Cricket Club was saddened to learn of the passing of aged 102. Not many of our members will remember Harry but his name appears on the Honours Boards ( please look him up ). Harry opened the batting mainly in the 2nds in the 50s, 60s and early 70s then became President before retiring to Scotland in 1980. His wife Betty (also deceased) acted as Club treasurer and their son Andrew played for the 2nds in the 70s. Harry still remembered his time at Bury even 40 years after leaving the area and was kind enough to provide a small bequest to the Club. A humorous, gentleman cricketer. MKB
Disappointing batting displays and heavy rain combined to make it a winless weekend for the club for the first time since the opening weekend of the season. The 1st XI slipped to a second defeat in a row, and the second to Flowery Field in 2021, in a rain-reduced game at Radcliffe Road. A short rain shower delayed the start by 30 minutes, reducing the game to 46 overs a side. Flowery's stand in skipper Owen Feakes out Bury into bat first and despite a good first few overs, the innings never gained momentum. Mukhtar Nasir top scored (61) with his third half century of the season, but Flowery Field's tight bowling kept the run rate around 3 for the whole innings, with Bury finishing their 46 overs on a below par 145/6. Adam Bardsley was the pick of the Flowery Field bowlers, with 4/34 from his 14 overs. Three wickets in three overs brought Bury into the game with Flowery at 42/3, but Mike Finan (52) and Keegan Taylor, who both got scores in the reverse fixture, built a match-winning 4th wicket partnership worth 76 - Taylor finishing with 32* as Flowery eventually got over the line with 3.1 overs and 4 wickers remaining. Lee Halliwell's spell was the highlight for Bury, with 2/21 from his 6.5 overs. (Scorecard) The 2nd XI game at Winton was abandoned due to very heavy rainfall during the first innings, which left the ground completely underwater. Matt Metcalfe had taken 3/13 from his 8 overs, including the wicket of Garner for a duck, in Winton's 84/5 from 23.1 overs. (Scorecard) The 3rd XI also had a below-par performance with the bat in their game away on a damp wicket at Westhoughton. Opener Sohale Khan (66) was one of only two Bury batsman to make double figures as the side were bowled out for 116 within 29.1 overs in a 36 over game. Westhoughton looked to be in a bit of trouble at 48/3 but Philip Wakefield and Benjamin Sykes patiently saw the home side at St George's Oval, winning in 31.3 overs. (Scorecard)
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Bury wripped through Edgworth's top and middle order but still went down to defeat on Saturday, whilst Zain Khan starred with the bat in a win for the 2s. After heavy rainfall through most of the morning, the ground at the Barlows was mopped up in time for a 28 over game. Bury won the toss and chose to bat. In a similar story to last week, Dom Morris (30) top scored with the bat whilst wickets fell regularly throughout the innings. The lower order once again contributed well, Jacob Ramsay finishing with 30 not out from 23 balls which included 3 sixes, as Bury managed 131 before being bowled out with one ball of the innings remaining. Chris Read and Chris Brownlow both took 3 wickets for the home side. Overseas Edgworth captain Christian Smith and sub pro Stuart Els took the attack to the Bury bowlers early, with 25 from the first two overs. However, when Sam Nolan-Massey bowled Els with the score at 36, it prompted a major collapse for Edgworth. Alex Breckin took the key wickets of Smith and Liam Watkinson in back-to-back deliveries, and 3 overs later Edgworth had slipped from 36/0 to 40/6 - 4 wickets for Breckin and 2 for Nolan-Massey. Rob Bancroft (35*) and Chris Read (37*) got themselves in with still little pressure from the run rate, and put on 92 runs for the unbeaten 7th wicket partnership as Edgworth came home with 3.4 overs remaining. (Scorecard) At Radcliffe Road, the drainage worked a treat as the 2nd XI game with Hindley St Peters started on time for a full 45 over game. Hindley's top order didn't fire with wickets for Ali Hassan (9.2-3-30-3), Matt Metcalfe (8-5-3-2) and Patrick Potts, leaving them at 82-7. Majid Raza struck 44 for the visitors as the score pushed above 100 and Hindley were eventually bowled out for 143 with 9 overs remaining - Potts the pick of the bowlers with 4/26. In the second innings, Zain Khan batted superbly to hit 81* at just shy of a run-a-ball, and he was supported by Joe Mitchell and Ghalib Sarosh (32*) as Bury chased the target with ease, winning by 9 wickets inside 29 overs. (Scorecard) On Sunday, the drainage at Radcliffe Road once again worked wonders as play got underway in a 24 over game at 4pm. James Towey (43) and Scott Worswick put on 54 for the second wicket, and a quickfire 27 from Muhammad Bilal helped Bury to 133/6 from their overs. South West Manchester 3s kept up with the rate throughout their innings despite excellent bowling spells from Marcus Eaton (3/8) and Uzair Fraz (2/34) and came home by 3 wickets with 7 balls remaining. (Scorecard)
Nathan Ramsay and Dom Morris both put in superb performances with the bat to set up a perfect day of cricket from our 1st and 2nd teams. The 1st team won for the third week in a row, on the road at Woodhouses. After choosing to bat first, Bury started superbly with the opening duo of Ben Gorton (31) and Ammar Baig (34) putting on 72 for the opening wicket in 14 overs. A mini collapse followed leaving Bury at 77-4, and at 106, Alex Breckin was unfortunate to be ran out backing up due to a Dom Morris straight drive for the second time this season. Bury slipped to 139/8 with 13 overs remaining and looked to be heading to a well-below par total. However, Dom Morris stepped up and put on a display, with 12 fours and 5 sixes, and he was ably supported by Ahmed Matloob (12) and Patrick Potts (12*), as Bury reached 226 all out, when Morris was caught and bowled just 6 runs away from a maiden 1st team century. Woodhouses' run chase started strongly, with the top 4 setting up the innings well. When the home side's leading run scorer Nick Hardman (39) was caught by Mukhtar Nasir off the bowling of Sam Nolan-Massey, Woodhouses were 138/3 with more than 20 overs remaining. 2 wickets in 2 balls for Bury began to swing the momentum as Ammar Baig ran out Alex Spender and Alex Breckin trapped the number 6 lbw first ball. When Breckin (3/55) bowled opener Matthew Taylor (72) the tail became exposed and the wicket of Josh Butler, bowled by Sam Nolan-Massey was the one that wrestled the control of the game firmly into Bury's hands. Jacob Ramsay took the winning catch off Ahmed Matloob's bowling and Woodhouses were all out for 202, Bury winning by 24 runs. (Scorecard) At Radcliffe Road, the 2nd XI were in action in a top-of-the-table clash with unbeaten league leaders Golborne. Nathan Ramsay won the toss and chose to bat first, and wasted no time getting to 50, with that milestone passed by the time Bury were 72/2 after 17 overs. The attack continued from Ramsay, and he was mainly supported by Ali Hassan (54), with 119 put on for the 4th wicket - in which time Nathan had reached his second Bury ton (his first in second team cricket) from 87 balls and then his 150 from 116 balls. Golborne eventually claimed his wicket as the ball rolled onto the stumps from an inside edge for 154 from 119 balls - a superb innings which included 23 fours and 2 sixes. Muhammed Bilal's quickfire 20 propelled Bury to 278-7 from their 45 overs. Golborne lost wickets frequently in their run chase, with wickets shared around - George Mills took 3/18 from his 7 overs and Lee Halliwell took 2/29 from his 9. The visitors did bat out their 45 overs to prevent Bury from taking a 6th point, and Bury ended the day as winners by 122 runs. (Scorecard) Main photo: Woodhouses CC Nathan Ramsay celebrates reaching his century
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Bury came out on top in an enthralling Premier 2 clash with Walshaw, winning by 1 wicket. Walshaw won the toss and elected to bat and started well with the opening pair of Josh Allum and Saif Bhojani. The first wicket came from nowhere with a mix up between the duo resulting in Allum being ran out by Ammar Baig. Ahmed Matloob came into the attack and took the wickets of Adam Stansfield and Bhojani within 3 balls, both bowled. When the next wicket fell at 92/4, that sparked a mini collapse with Walshaw slipping to 119/8, with Matloob picking up 7 of those 8 wickets. Number 5 Jack McClung was still at the crease, and he was supported by the more than able number 10 Shabnan Ali, as the Walshaw fightback begun. A further 63 runs were added, including 37 from Ali before Sam Nolan-Massey bowled him in the final over to bowl out Walshaw for 182. Ahmed Matloob finished his 15 over spell with the remarkable figures of 8/56. Bury looked to be in big trouble early on at 16/3 with last week's run scorers Ben Gorton and Ammar Baig gone, as well as Ghalib Sarosh with 3 early wickets for Shahrukh Khan. Mukhtar Nasir and Dom Morris (26) were the next to fall with the score at 78/5 with still another 105 needed. Alex Breckin was supported by Jacob Ramsay (19) as Bury edged their way closer to the target. After both Gary Garner and Ali Hassan were given out lbw, Bury were 140/8, needing 43 from the last 2 wickets. Sam Nolan-Massey and Alex Breckin (44) put on another 31 in 5 overs before Breckin's crucial knock was brought to an end as he was bowled at 171/9. Ahmed Matloob supported Nolan-Massey well under high pressure, and it was Sam (27*) who was the hero at the death, clipping a four to fine leg with 5 needed, and then driving a straight boundary with scores level to bring Bury home by 1 wicket. (Scorecard) The 2nd XI suffered their first league defeat of the season during their trip to the Pingot to take on Westleigh 2nd XI. After Lee Halliwell's early wicket, Craig Ralph (97) and Daniel Galvin passed 150 for the second wicket, before Halliwell returned to the attack to remove Ralph, caught by Nathan Ramsay behind the stumps. Despite Matt Metcalfe's opening spell of 8-5-10-0, Westleigh ended on 266/6 from their 45 overs. Similarly to the 1st team, Bury lost 3 early wickets in the run chase with Joe Mitchell, Syed Hashmi and Nathan Ramsay all out. Usama Akram (37) and Joe Spencer put on 75 in 11 overs for the 4th wicket, but regular wickets from that point onwards stemmed any Bury momentum. However, there were highlights for our juniors with Joe Spencer reaching his first senior half century, 51 from 47 balls, and George Mills ended on 27*, his highest senior total. Bury were eventually bowled out for 176, some 91 runs short of victory, going into next week's top of the table clash with Golborne. (Scorecard) On Sunday, it was a trip to Prestwich for our young 3rd XI side. Having lost the toss, Bury controlled the pace of the first 20 overs well with Prestwich at 67/3 with a wicket apiece for Mohammed Shah and Mohammed Bilal. An eventful last 10 overs saw 60 runs and 6 wickets, with wickets for Josh Bowen (2/57), Faiz Amjad (1/27) and Bilal (10-3-24-3), with Prestwich finishing their 40 overs on 190/9. As was the theme for the weekend, early wickets thwarted Bury's run chase, with excellent opening spells from Umar Arif and Karl West for the home side. Bury gained no real momentum and were bowled out for 86, with spinner Muhammad Arif taking 5/31. Mo Shah top scored with 21 from 11 balls, which included a couple of balls being sent on the tennis courts. (Scorecard) (Main photo: Westleigh CC)
Firstly on Friday evening, we have our All Stars session, which will be followed by a BBQ (approx 7:30pm) and England v Scotland, which we will be screening live in the clubhouse. On Saturday, the 1st XI are at home against local rivals Walshaw. Bury go into the game just one point behind our opponents. A big thank you to Mr & Mrs Gee who are this week's matchball sponsors. Wickets pitched at Radcliffe Road at 1pm. The still unbeaten 2nd XI are away to Westleigh 2nd XI with a 1:30pm start. On Sunday, the 3rd XI return to league action with an away game against Prestwich 3rd XI - that one gets underway at 2pm. The T20 scheduled for Thursday 17th June did not take place as our opponents were unable to raise a team. The Bullsharks have been awarded the points. A reminder that due to the latest government advice for the Greater Manchester region, our indoor seating area is closed during matches and only one person may enter the main room to be served at any one time. Our full latest risk assessment can be viewed by clicking here.
Ben Gorton and Ammar Baig piled on the runs for the 1st team on the way to a bonus point victory at Royton. After choosing to bat first, Gorton and Baig started superbly well with 50 runs on the board in the first 10 overs. What was a good start turned into a remarkable opening stand of 188 in 33 overs. Ammar Baig was the one who fell, just four runs short of a century, with 96 runs from 109 balls including 10 fours and 5 sixes. Royton did manage to stem the flow of runs slightly in the last 17 overs, but Ben Gorton continued to score at a good rate, bringing up his century from 115 balls in the 41st over. Liam Brown starred with the ball for Royton, taking 3/60 which included the wickets of Mukhtar Nasir and Dom Morris, but Bury still scored 277/4 from their 50, with Gorton carrying his bat for 131* from 143 balls, including 18 boundaries. The Royton run chase never really gained momentum - it was Ahmed Matloob (15-3-32-3) who got the wickets of the main men overseas Ameya Bhaave and former Lancashire and Leicestershire batsman Paul Horton. Alex Breckin and Sam Nolan-Massey also took 3 wickets apiece, and Royton were bowled out for 153 in the 43rd over to secure 6 points for Bury on the road. (Scorecard) The 2nd XI began their double header with a home league game against Flixton 2nd XI. Flixton won the toss and chose to bat and lost their first wicket with the first ball of the match - Syed Hashmi taking a good catch in the cordon off the bowling of Mohammed Majid. Matt Metcalfe and Majid took 5 wickets between them from their opening spells, with Flixton at 44/5 from 19 overs. Only 9 more runs were added before the 10 men were bowled out, with Patrick Potts taking 3/5 in 2.5 overs and Harry Williamson also picking up a soliatary wicket. The run chase lasted just 55 balls, Nathan Ramsay was the only one to lose his wicket for a quick 31, and the second team remain unbeaten, 2nd in the table behind Golborne 2nds with a game in hand. (Scorecard) On Sunday, the 2nd XI were in cup action at Denton St Lawrence in the last 16 of the 2nd XI Premier Cup. Bury won the toss and chose to bat and after the 188 opening stand for the 1st team on Saturday, there was an opening stand worth 107 in just 16 overs on Sunday between Nathan Ramsay (66) and Joe Mitchell (30). Ghalib Sarosh then batted through the remaining 29 overs for 65*, and he was supported by Zain Khan (26) at the back end of the innings to help Bury to 250/7 from their 45 overs. For the second day in a row, the 2nds had their opponents at 0/1 in the first over, with Ramsay taking a juggling catch off Matt Metcalfe's bowling with the fourth ball of the innings. Joe Mitchell took a catch tracking back at mid off to give Zain Khan the second wicket at 69/2 after 14 overs. However, DSL captain Kyle O'Reilly (86*) and Daniel Moss (101*) put on a batting masterclass with the home side chasing the 251 target in just 32.5 overs, to send the Division 2 side through to the Quarter Finals. (Scorecard) (Main Photo: Royton CC) Denton St Lawrence 2nd XI v Bury 2nd XI
Both the second and third XIs picked up bonus point victories on another warm weekend of action. The 2nd XI travelled to a sun-glazed Alexandra Park in South Manchester to take on Friends Sporting Club 1st XI. Nathan Ramsay won the toss and chose to bat but Bury were soon in trouble at 13/4 inside the first 7 overs, which became 40/6. However, from that point onwards Bury grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck with Aaron Davies (28 from 16) and Patrick Potts putting on 51 runs for the 7th wicket in just 5 overs, and another 40 was added for the next wicket with Mohammed Majid (35 from 22) also going all-out-attack. Potts well 2 short of a quickfire 50, and a further 31 runs were added for the last wicket between Faiz Amjad (18) and Matt Metcalfe, and so Bury were bowled out for 187 in just 30.4 overs. The home side were in trouble early in their innings, with wickets for Majid and Metcalfe reducing them to 3/3 and then 23/5. There was some recovery, before Patrick Potts completed a good day all-round by taking 3/16 in his 4 overs. Friends Sporting were bowled out for 86 to give Bury a 101 run victory and all six points. (Scorecard) On Sunday the 3rd XI hosted Deane & Derby for their Sunday Premier clash. The visitors chose to bat first on another hot day, and started well at 82/2 in the 17th over. However, a terrific spell from Josh Bowen, who ended with personal best figures of 6/43 from his 10 overs, turned the game on its head with Deane & Derby 10 overs later on 119/9. Issa Patel (35*) and Suleman Jiva frustrated Bury and kept them in the field for another 11 overs, before Will Moore bowled the latter, Deane & Derby all out for 162. For the second week running there was a strong start to the innings with 49 runs on the board for the first wicket between Scott Worswick and James Towey. 84 runs were on the board when Towey was given lbw 5 runs short of a half century, and then James Weston (42) and Muhammad Bilal (35*) put on 67 for the third wicket, and put the game to bed. Bury came home with 4.1 overs remaining, for the loss of just 3 wickets which secured the winning bonus point. (Scorecard) On Saturday, there was a below-par performance from the 1st XI which resulted in a narrow loss to Stand. After choosing to bat first, Bury lost regular wickets and only Ben Gorton (36) and Gary Garner (34) reached double figures for the home side, who were bowled out for 125. Stand looked to be making light work of the below-par total, with 71 runs for the first wicket between Jack Delaney (34) and Chris Williams (56). However, once the first wicket fell Bury grew into the game, and Alex Breckin took a hatrick when returning from the Bury Church End. He took the wickets of Long and Catterall before waiting an over for the hatrick ball, when Matthew Morgan was given lbw to complete the trio. Alex went on to take 5/39 but Bury proved to not have enough on the board as Stand eventually got over the line for the loss of 7 wickets (meaning Bury took a losing bonus point). (Scorecard)
It was another busy weekend of action, in particular for the 1st XI who picked up two impressive victories. On Friday night, the T20 campaign got underway for the Bury Bullsharks away to the Woodbank Wildboyz. A partnership of 55 between Gary Garner and Ammar Baig (41) for the second wicket gave the Bullsharks a good start to their innings, and Alex Breckin (21) cashed in on a couple of free hits to see the 100 come up for the loss of 3 wickets after 13 overs. However, the Wildboyz had the better of the final 7 overs, with less than 6 an over scored, and so the Bullsharks finished on 139/6. Woodbank started superbly with 42 runs on the board in the first 4 overs. Mukhtar Nasir bowled Will Turner (27), and then Ali Hassan and Jacob Ramsay (4/18) ripped through the middle order. Ali Hassan ran out key man Gavin Nicholl with a tidy piece of work, before taking 3 catches at short third man off Ramsay's spin bowling, claiming the wickets of pro Imran Mirza, Ryan Barker and Jack Wynn. The cluster of wickets stalled the scoring and the Wildboyz eventually finished on 108/9 to give the Bullsharks a perfect start to the group stage with a 31 run win. (Scorecard) On Saturday, for the second home game in a row, the 1st XI defeated the previously unbeaten league leaders. After beating Bradshaw two weeks ago, this time it was Denton West who were the visitors and they won the toss and chose to bat. Andrew O'Brien top scored with 69 but only 2 other batsman made double figures as West were bowled out for 160. Sam Nolan-Massey bowled an economical spell (15-5-26-2) and Ammar Baig was the pick of the bowlers with 4/18 in just 4.4 overs. Ben Gorton's second half century of the season held the run chase together and Bury never looked in any danger of not reaching the target, eventually winning by 4 wickets with more than 7 overs remaining. (Scorecard) The 2nd XI were in action at Unsworth against Worsley 2nd XI, and made light work of their opponents to pick up 6 points. Worsley batted their 45 overs for a patient 87-8, with the wickets shared around. Bury bowled 25 maidens, 10 of which came from Matt Metcalfe (2/13), and there were also 2 wickets for Zain Khan (2/5) and youngster Faiz Amjad (2/16) on 2nd team debut. Nathan Ramsay scored a quickfire 54 before being stumped off a wide, and Joe Mitchell and Syed Hashmi saw Bury home by 9 wickets inside 21 overs. (Scorecard) On Sunday, the 3rd XI were in cup action away at South West Manchester. After choosing to bat first, Bury had a solid start to their innings with just two wickets lost in the first 20 overs with openers Scott Worswick (21) and Joe Mitchell (29) both in the runs. After a small middle order collapse, Ali Ammar (32) and Mo Shah put on 44 from 28 balls for the 8th wicket to push the score towards 150, with Bury eventually finishing on 146. The game was in the balance for a majority of the 2nd innings, with Josh Bowen and Mohammed Usman picking up a couple of wickets each, but the home side didn't lose another wicket from 90-5 and it is they who will progress to the second round. (Scorecard) This week, on Thursday, the Bullsharks are away to the Walshaw Warriors. On Saturday, the 1st XI are at home to Stand, the 2nd XI are away to Friends Sporting Club and on Sunday the 3rd XI are at home to Deane & Derby.
Our Crowdfunder has now closed and a massive thank you goes to everyone who made a donation or purchased a reward. Every penny that we raised will go towards helping the club recover from the pandemic, and improving and maintaining our facilities for our members. The final figure raised was £18,237, which included 15 match ball sponsorships, all 60 raffle tickets and the £5k match funding from Sport England, smashing both our initial £10k target and our £15k stretch target! If you purchased a reward that requires further action (such as a match ball sponsorship), we have begun the process of contacting our supporters and if you haven't already, you will hear from us shortly. In particular, we would like to thank our Main Club Sponsor The Mailing Room for their continued and loyal support during such a difficult 12 months financially.
It was a double weekend of action for the 2nd XI, and it provided two wins and plenty of drama. On Saturday, after the game was reduced to 30 overs due to a wet ground, the hosts Swinton Moorside batted first and put together 141/5, with the wickets shared between Mohammed Majid (1/33), Ghalib Sarosh (2/33) and Patrick Potts (2/51), which included 2 catches and a stumping from Leighton Santos. In response, Joe Mitchell (22) and Zafri Zafardeen (27) laid the foundations for acceleration later in the innings with 48 for the first wicket. Syed Hashmi's quickfire 25 kept Bury up with the rate but a flurry of wickets gave Swinton Moorside confidence going into the last over, with 11 needed with just 2 wickets remaining. A tight start from Bancroft left the equation at 10 needed from 4, before Zarqash Ali hit back to back boundaries, and the scores were level with one ball to come. Ghalib Sarosh (27*) hit the final delivery to the boundary to complete the run chase and maintain the unbeaten league start. (Scorecard) On Sunday, it was a trip to Werneth for the 1st Round of the 2nd XI Premier Cup. Bury batted first but Werneth were well on top after the powerplay, with Bury at 16-3 after 10 overs. Nathan Ramsay (47), Joe Spencer (27) and Usama Akram (19) rebuilt the innings well before what proved to be a crucial last wicket partnership worth 27 between Muhammad Bilal (16*) and Harry Williamson saw Bury reach 159 before being bowled out in the final over of the innings. Werneth never looked to be on track in their innings, slipping to 70/8 after 25 overs with wickets shared around, however, number 7 Basharat Khan took the game to the Bury bowlers scoring a quickfire 50*. His knock pushed Werneth to 116/8 with 12 overs to go but the rain came in and forced play to be halted. It would not relent and Bury progressed to the second round of the cup with Werneth behind on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern Par Score. (Scorecard) Back on Saturday, the 1st XI travelled to Glossop for their league clash. Glossop batted first and Leciestershire batsman Harry Dearden took the game to Bury, scoring 97 from just 63 balls. Oliver Kenyon (62) and overseas Ruman Ahmed (46) were also in the runs, and Glossop scored 269/9 from their 46 overs. Ahmed Matloob was in the wickets in his second spell, finishing with 4/33 from 8 overs. Ben Gorton (43) started well with the bat but regular wickets thwarted Bury's chances of an unlikely run chase, and Dearden took 4/35 on the way to bowling out Bury for 124. (Scorecard) On Sunday, an inexperienced 3rd XI hosted Glodwick at Radcliffe Road. Glodwick opted to bat first on a damp wicket and Bury's young bowling attack performed well to restrict them to 151/5 from their 36 overs, with 2 wickets for Marcus Eaton and one each for Mohammed Shah and Will Moore. The rain came in during the tea interval which meant no further play was possible, and both teams took 2 points. (Scorecard) This week, the Bullsharks hope to get their T20 campaign underway following last week's washout, with an away game against the Woodbank Wildboyz on Friday. On Saturday, the 1st XI take on league leaders Denton West at Radcliffe Road, with an earlier 12pm start due to the Champions League final. The 2nd XI are back at Unsworth to play Worsley 2nd XI (1:30pm start), and the 3rd XI begin their cup defence on Sunday at South West Manchester (1pm start). Gallery: (Main photo: Glossop 1st XI v Bury 1st XI) Swinton Moorside 2nd XI v 2nd XI (Pictures @burycc Instagram) Werneth 2nd XI v 2nd XI (Picture @burycc Instagram)
It was a perfect weekend on the pitch for our senior sides with 3 wins from 3, on a weekend when most other games didn't take place. The 1st XI kicked off the weekend with an impressive 54 run (DLS) victory over previous league leaders and unbeaten Bradshaw. Winning the toss and bat first after a 2 hour rain delay, Bury started on the front foot with Ben Gorton (43) and Mukhtar Nasir (63) taking the game to the visitors from the get-go. Ammar Baig added a quickfire 24 just before the players were taken off the pitch due to the weather, and tea was taken. The rain quickly passed and Bury scrambled upto 180/6 from their 34 overs. An early run out from Jacob Ramsay started the second innings well, but a partnership of 47 between Brad Yates and Tom Liversedge threatened to give Bradshaw the foundations to accelerate. Yates' wicket was taken by Sam Nolan-Massey before familiar opponent Brett Ernst was sent on his way in unusual circumstances. Liversedge chipped a Ahmed Matloob delivery straight back to the bowler, only for him to drop the simplest of catches and the ball landed on the non-striker's stumps where Ernst was out of his crease. Regular wickets continued to fall from that point onwards, with Nolan-Massey (3/39) and Matloob (3/40) again both impressing, and Bradshaw were bowled out for 126 to seal a comfortable win. (Scorecard) Over at Unsworth, the 2nd XI entertained Bolton Indians. Batting first, Bury scored 153 in a 40 over game, with Ghalib Sarosh (48) and Zafri Zafardeen (31) starting the innings well, before Joe Spencer (38) launched a late assault after a mini-collapse. Bolton Indians had a patient but solid start to their innings with only 1 wicket lost in the first 20 overs, but the opening spells from Mohammed Majid and Ali Hassan had kept things tight with less than 50 runs on the board. With 10 overs to go, the visitors needed around a-run-a-ball with 7 wickets remaining, but wickets shared between the 4 bowlers, despite a number of dropped chances, saw them fall 34 short of victory having been bowled out, to continue the 2s' perfect start to the season. (Scorecard) On Sunday, the 3rds picked up their first win of the season in a unforgettable and unusual game of cricket at Greenfield. Winning the toss and batting on a damp wicket, Bury slipped from 41-2 to 63 all out inside 26 overs, with only Nathan Ramsay (30) making a score of note, and chances of victory looked very slim at the interval. However, superb opening spells from Harry Williamson and Lee Halliwell brought Bury firstly into the game, and then well on top. Williamson took 5 wickets in his first 4 and a half overs, which meant the hosts were 5-5, and then Halliwell (8-5-6-3) joined the party with 3 wickets in an over to make the score, unbelievably, at 5-8. Meanwhile, young opener Will Jackson was still at the crease for Greenfield, and he was joined by the experienced Peter Gill. The duo, despite a chance being put down with the score on 13, steadied the ship and put on 48 runs for the 9th wicket, before Gill was very well held by Scott Worswick at mid off, in what proved to be a match winning catch. Williamson returned to the attack to take the final wicket, finishing with figures of 6/6 in 7.2 overs, and Bury had won by 7 runs. (Scorecard) This week, the T20 campaign for the newly named Bury Bullsharks gets underway at Prestwich on Thursday. On Saturday, the 1st XI travel to Glossop and the 2nd XI are at Swinton Moorside. The 2nds are also in action on Sunday in the cup away to Werneth, and the 3rd XI play at home to Glodwick. Unsworth CC: Bury 2nd XI v Bolton Indians 2nd XI
Our Derek Kay Cup campaign was ended at the first hurdle on Sunday following defeat to Monton in a rain affected game. Bury won the toss and chose to bowl first, and Monton made the most of their powerplay, with 65 runs on the board before the first wicket fell thanks to an excellent catch from Mukhtar Nasir, diving backwards at mid off, to give Sam Nolan-Massey his first of what would be a superb spell with the ball. Both those two were involved in the wickets soon after, with Ali Nawaz given lbw to Sam (9-2-19-2) and Mukhtar running out Chris Costa with a direct hit just 2 balls later. Rain interrupted play later in the innings, with 37.2 of the 45 overs played, and the game was reduced to 41 overs. Opener Ben Chapman reached a ton with the last ball of the innings, diving in for a tight two to reach three figures, as Monton finished on 183/8. Duckworth-Lewis worked it's magic and Bury initially required 193 from their 41 overs. Mukhtar Nasir and Jacob Ramsay got the scoring heading in the right direction, but a flurry of wickets left Bury at 56-4 after 12 overs. Alex Breckin and Dom Morris got the scoreboard ticking and heading towards the DLS par score as the rain started to fall more heavily, but a freak run out saw Breckin on his way following a hard hit straight drive from Morris and the slightest of deflections off the hand of the bowler McAvoy. The umpires brought the players off for a second time after 18 overs (with 20 needed to constitute a game), and the new target didn't work in Bury's favour, with 6 overs lost and the target reduced to 184. Morris (47), Ali Hassan (18) and Sam Nolan-Massey (14*) brought Bury within striking distance of the target, but ultimately fell 15 short of the target, meaning it is Monton who progress to the second round. (Scorecard) On Saturday morning, following heavy rain and more forecast, the league made the sensible decision to abandon all of the afternoon's games. Next weekend, the 1st XI welcome Bradshaw to Radcliffe Road on Saturday (1pm), the 2nd XI are in action at Unsworth CC against Bolton Indians 2nd XI (1:30pm) and on Sunday, the 3rd XI make the trip to Greenfield (2pm).
The 1st team got their first win of the season on Saturday with a comfortable home victory over Heywood, by 6 wickets, before a piece of club history was made on Sunday. On Saturday, 1st team captain Gary Garner won the toss and put visitors Heywood into bat. 3 early wickets for Alex Breckin put Heywood in early trouble at 33-4, with two key man in Bobby Cross and pro Amar Ullah both already out. A counter attack from Andrew Dawson and Sean Burrill saw 74 more runs added in 12 overs, but when Jacob Ramsay took a good catch to get rid of Dawson, it prompted a quick collapse to 156 all out. Alex took 5/52 from his 15 overs, and Ahmed Matloob took 3/33. In response, Mukhtar Nasir's brilliant innings of 88* ensured Bury never looked in trouble, and the target of 157 was reached with 6 wickets and 9 overs to spare, to get the 1st team's first win of the 2021 campaign. (Scorecard) Meanwhile, the 2nd XI took on Stretford 2nd XI down the road at Radcliffe CC. Nathan Ramsay won the toss and chose to bat first. Despite Ghalib Sarosh's 40, Bury looked to be in trouble as they slipped to 86-8, but a partnership worth 54 for the 9th wicket between Sajad Safi (39) and Matthew Metcalfe (20*) pushed the total to 147 after the 45 overs. Metcalfe also starred with the ball, taking 4/14 from his 10 overs, and wickets for Zarqash Ali, George Mills, Zain Khan and Josh Bowen - who took a wicket in his first over on 2nd team debut - saw Bury bowl out Stretford for 84 and take the maximum 6 points. (Scorecard) On Sunday, Charlotte Weston became the first female player to play a competitive senior game for the club in the 3rd XI game at Clifton. Older brother James made it 3 toss wins from 3 for Bury for the weekend and elected to bat first. Nathan Ramsay blitzed a quick 45 before being caught on the boundary, before Joe Mitchell (50) and George Mills continued a solid start to the innings, with only 1 wicket falling in the first 31 overs. Bury eventually finished their 40 overs on 154-8 as youngster Sam Winstanley took 5/16 for Clifton. In the second innings, Lee Halliwell took the wicket of talented youngster Zach Flaxman, and also appeared to get the wicket of fellow opener Dan Ainscough, but for the umpire to disagree with a caught behind appeal. Ainscough went on to reach an unbeaten 100 from just 73 balls as Clifton ran out winners by 9 wickets. (Scorecard) Next weekend, there is a double header for the 1st XI, with a league game at Monton on Saturday, followed by the reverse fixture in the Derek Kay Cup 1st Round on Sunday. The 2nd XI are at home on Saturday to South West Manchester.
The second team began their season with a home win over Winton in a low scoring game on Saturday, whilst the first eleven narrowly fell short of a big run chase. Gary Garner's men travelled to Flowery Field, where former Bury captain Sean Gibson won the toss and chose to bat first. Mike Finan (121) and South African Keegan Taylor (42) got the hosts off to a magnificent start with over 120 on the board in the first 20 overs. When Finan finally fell, caught on the boundary by Nathan Ramsay in the 32nd over, Flowery were 195/4, but Bury fought back well with only 64 more runs added before all 10 wickets were taken. Ahmed Matloob took 5/61, with his 5th wicket coming with the final ball of his 15 over spell. Ammar Baig (43) and Zafri Zafardeen (20) got Bury off to a solid start in reply, and the scoring started to accelerate with Mukhtar Nasir's quickfire 32 from 22 balls. Dom Morris (24) bludgeoned three big sixes and Ben Gorton finished unbeaten on 57 but Bury ultimately fell 28 runs short of the 260 target, being bowled out in 48.5 overs. (Scorecard) The second team were involved in a very different game at Radcliffe Road. Winton 2nds elected to bat first and were bowled out for 71, with George Mills being the pick of the bowlers with figures of 9.5-3-24-4 on his second team debut, and just second senior game. Bury's run chase looked to be stuttering at 32/5, but Usama Akram (22*) and Mohammed Majid (11*) saw their side home for the club's first victory of the season, by 3 wickets. (Scorecard) On Sunday, the 3rd XI were well beaten at home by Whalley Range. Umar Samair's unbeaten ton, together with William Morris' half century helped the visitors post 240 from their 40 overs, with Josh Bowen taking 3 of the 4 wickets that fell. In response, James Towey (34) and Zain Khan (22) put on 57 for the second wicket, but Bury fell well short of the target. (Scorecard)
Following a cancellation of the competitive league season last year, the division structure made it's much-anticipated return on Saturday. The 1st XI got their season underway at Radcliffe Road on Saturday against familiar opponents, Edgworth. Captain Gary Garner won the toss and elected to bat on a clear warm day. Despite the early loss of club pro Ben Gorton, Bury built a strong base to the innings, with Ammar Baig and Jacob Ramsay putting on 50 for the second wicket.. Ramsay (35) impressed before he was stumped off Jamie Smith, and after 3 quick wickets Edgworth put Bury on the back foot at 67-4 after 30 overs. Alex Breckin (27) and Dom Morris came together and put on 93 runs for the 5th wicket. Morris made 50 with his fourth six, and finally fell with 1 over to go for 60 from 62 balls. An unfortunate moment saw Edgworth captain and overseas Christian Smith suffer a knee injury on the boundary, which meant he could play no further part in the game. Bury finished their 50 overs on 165/6. Bury started strongly with the ball, reducing Edgworth to 25-3 after 10 overs, with Mukhtar Nasir (7-1-27-2) taking 2 wickets in 3 balls in his first spell on his return to the club. Alex Breckin took the wicket of Liam Watkinson (28) but that would be the final moment of success in the game for the home side. An unbeaten partnership worth 100 between Jon Kerrigan (54*) and Alex Waddicar (35*) saw Edgworth comfortably home with a 6 wicket win within 39 overs. (Scorecard) On Sunday, the 3rd XI also endured a tough start to the season with a defeat at Werneth against Oldham West. Having won the toss and choosing to bat, Oldham West posted 230 before being bowled out in the final over, with a majority of the wickets coming from the seam bowling trio of Zarqash Ali (3/51), Joe Spencer (2/24) and Harry Williamson (2/46). In reply, Bury were bowled out for 102, with the highlights being Ghalib Sarosh's 27 and young George Mills (15) batting for an hour on debut. (Scorecard) Next weekend, the 1st XI make a trip to Flowery Field, who also lost their opening fixture. The 2nd XI begin their league season at home to Winton, and the 3rd XI play at home on Sunday to Whalley Range. (Instagram @burycc)
We are delighted to launch the Bury CC Crowdfunder and we would like as many of you to contribute in any way you can. We have set a target of raising £10,000 in the next five weeks so we need everyone to pull together to ensure we hit our target. The additional benefit of the scheme is that for every pound we raise upto half of our £10,000 target, Sport England will match it, so by buying one of our rewards you could be contributing double the amount you pledge! There are several rewards on our Crowdfunder page, ranging from £1 raffle tickets, through to various sponsorship opportunities. If you are a senior or junior player we ask you to pay for your annual membership as soon as possible via the crowdfunder page. As we have mentioned, by paying via this method we can potentially double our money via the Sport England match funding. (Please put the player's name in the delivery address.) If you are a parent, supporter or just someone with a passing interest in Bury CC then perhaps the ‘Friends of Bury’, Social Membership or one of the various other rewards might be of interest? Do you have your own business or know someone who does, and value the work we do in the community, then we have various sponsorship rewards that might be of interest. We know that lots of people already contribute a lot to the club, but hopefully between us - and by reaching out to people outside our usual circles - we can bounce back from the effects of COVID and put the club on a firm footing for the new season. Please pass this onto as many friends, family and colleagues as possible. The more we spread the word the better chance we have got of hitting our £10,000 target.
We are pleased to announce that both our practice nets have now been restored and secured, and are now open for our members to use. If you are using our nets outside of an organised training session, please stick to the 'rule of six' with a maximum of 6 people per net lane. If both lanes are in use when you arrive, please wait until one becomes free. Upon arrival, you must check in using one of the two QR codes on display on the noticeboard at the clubhouse. Please read through the below summary of the rules you should adhere to when using our facilities. A summary of the covid-secure rules for training and practice - Before attending any cricket activities or venues, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators must self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms; A high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste. If you have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any cricket activity and must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation. - People with health conditions that put them at increased risk should consider the risks of participating in cricket activity. - Spectators are not permitted at this stage of the lockdown easing, for matches or training sessions, with some limited exceptions (including adults needing to supervise U18s in a safeguarding role - where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble). - Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after use of the facility. - Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible and practice strong hand hygiene at all times. - All members MUST sign in upon every visit to the facility using either the NHS QR code using the NHS COVID-19 app, or via the Bury CC QR code via a google form – this is a legal requirement. The google form to enter your details is accessible via the Team App homepage. - A maximum of 6 people may use a net lane at one time and those who do not live in the same household should keep a 2m distance at all times. (This limit of 6 would not apply to a practice net on the square, where more social distancing is possible) - The clubhouse and changing rooms are not to be used - Toilet and hand-washing facilities can be accessed during organised training sessions using the one way system – in through the home changing room and out through the away changing room - Players should change and shower at home - Participants should bring their own food and drink - the kiosk cannot open under the current rules - Social interaction before and after playing cricket should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 6 people or two households. - Sharing of equipment must be avoided where possible, particularly that used around the head and face, such as helmets. Where equipment is shared, equipment must be cleaned before use by another person. - No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time - There should be no shouting, singing or spitting - Should wet weather interrupt the session, players should return to their own vehicles and/or return home
As part of the move to step 1B of the government's roadmap out of lockdown restrictions, we can now reopen our cricketing facilities to our members. Please take note of the below information. The first senior training session will take place on Thursday 8th April from 5:30pm. The first junior training session will take place on Tuesday 13th April. Junior parents will be contacted closer to the time with specific information. As mentioned in this earlier article, Chris Potts will sadly be leaving the club and the country later this week. On Tuesday 30th March from 6:30pm, there will be a short fielding practice session for those who would like to attend and this will be Chris' last night at the club. The nets will not be able to be used. We are continuing to work hard to prepare the nets for them to be open for our members to use for exercise under government guidelines (i.e. in groups of upto 6 people) but unfortunately due to covid guidelines and the work needed to be done to restore them to a safe condition after the winter, this is taking longer than we anticipated. We will communicate an opening date with our members as soon as we have that date. Please do not attempt to use the nets until this announcement, for your own safety. Please read the below key points on how training will operate. These rules may be adjusted during the next stage of the lockdown easing, which will happen no earlier than 12th April. A summary of the covid-secure rules for training and practice - Before attending any cricket activities or venues, all participants, officials, volunteers and spectators must self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms; A high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste. If you have one or more of these symptoms you should not attend any cricket activity and must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation. - People with health conditions that put them at increased risk should consider the risks of participating in cricket activity. - Spectators are not permitted at this stage of the lockdown easing, for matches or training sessions, with some limited exceptions (including adults needing to supervise U18s in a safeguarding role - where it is necessary for them to be present, supervising adults should not mix with others from outside their household or support bubble). - Personal hygiene measures should be carried out at home before and after use of the facility. - Bring your own hand sanitiser where possible and practice strong hand hygiene at all times. - All members MUST sign in upon every visit to the facility using either the NHS QR code using the NHS COVID-19 app, or via the Bury CC QR code via a google form – this is a legal requirement. The google form to enter your details is accessible via the Team App homepage. - A maximum of 6 people may use a net lane at one time (when they are open) and those who do not live in the same household should keep a 2m distance at all times. (This limit of 6 would not apply to a practice net on the square, where more social distancing is possible) - The clubhouse and changing rooms are not to be used - Toilet and hand-washing facilities can be accessed during organised training sessions using the one way system – in through the home changing room and out through the away changing room - Players should change and shower at home - Participants should bring their own food and drink - the kiosk cannot open under the current rules - Social interaction before and after playing cricket should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 6 people or two households. - Sharing of equipment must be avoided where possible, particularly that used around the head and face, such as helmets. Where equipment is shared, equipment must be cleaned before use by another person. - No sweat or saliva is to be applied to the ball at any time - There should be no shouting, singing or spitting - Should wet weather interrupt the session, players should return to their own vehicles and/or return home
Chris Potts has announced that he will be leaving the country permanently later this week. 'Pottsy' has called Bury CC his home club for a decade - in which time he has taken over 320 wickets and scored over 700 runs. He has captained the 2nd XI for a number of years in both the BDCA and the GMCL - achieving back-to-back promotions with the 2nd XI in the GMCL in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he captained the 3rd XI to win the Sunday cup competition, and has played a significant number of 1st team and T20 games for the club. But everyone who knows Chris knows that his contribution to our club and local cricket goes much further than just his on-field achievements. Chris is a very popular man both within the club and amongst the hundreds of players he has come up against - whether that be for his magnificent sense of humour or for his famous Braai - and he will certainly leave some big shoes to fill at Radcliffe Road. Everyone at the club would like to thank Chris for his huge contributions to our club both on and off the field, and wish him all of the best for the future.
Player registration is now open for the 2021 season. Every player - both senior and junior - must complete this registration in order to be eligible to play any league games for Bury CC. Please read all of the below information and attempt to complete the registration as soon as possible. If you have any difficulties please contact email@example.com. When registering you will need A personal e-mail address A card for payment of the £10 fee for all players over 18 A "passport style" image of your head and shoulders with no sunglasses or non-religious headwear which would prevent identification from the photo - this is for all players who will play Open-Age cricket The payment of £10 is for players over 18 only, but all junior and senior players will receive the below benefits once registration is complete: Personal Accident Insurance for all GMCL games including travel to and from the games they take part in - GMCL have already paid this insurance and this is in place ready for the season Free Premium Access to the cricHQ stats and videos through the e-mail address you register with. Registration is also open to club coaches and club officials (free) who will also be given access to the cricHQ app. Instructions When you click on this link you will be taken to the registration window for our club and ask if you are registering for yourself or registering as a guardian of a child under 16. If you registered as a player in 2020 and/or have an existing cricHQ account, then firstly sign in as prompted on the right hand side. This will then return you go the previous screen when logged in. Click on "Myself" or "My Children" - If the system recognises your e-mail address it will then ask if you want to link to your previous record on cricHQ (this can be corrected later if you have issues). If you do not want to link click on "Dismiss" or otherwise click on "Register Selected Players". This takes you to the next page where you do the basic registration - Enter name, initials, date of birth, gender then (Note - The initials are what would appear before your surname on the scorecard, e.g. if the initial is BG then the scorecard will read as 'BG Surname') add an image (optional for those not playing open age cricket); It must be a passport style, current, face forward, no headwear or face coverings, head & shoulders shot Then your ECB player type - this will be National Player for a majority of our players then add your professional or amateur status - for almost all this will be 'Does not apply' then your role - Official / Umpire / Player Where you have clicked on "My Children" - the page allows you to add more than one child and also asks for your details as parent / guardian When you click on submit - the system will show the image, your name and age and then ask you to select your subscription type and when selected it will show the cost. At the foot of the page are the GMCL & cricHQ GDPR policies and you click on the box to agree to the T&Cs & Club rules. At this point you can "Go Back" or "Submit" The payment process will follow You will then get another chance to double check, but the club admin can make amendments for you if needed. You will receive an e-mail to the e-mail address entered and you must verify your registration and claim your player profile. The league will review the registrations and notify the club if you fail to submit a suitable id photo, registration for the season will not be valid until the club administrator corrects the image. For a more detailed set of instructions including screenshots for each step then click here (note this re-directs to a GMCL webpage).
On Friday evening, the cup draws for our senior teams were made. Our 1st XI were drawn at home to Monton in the first round of the Derek Kay Cup. The game will be played on Sunday 9th May – one day after the reverse fixture between the two sides in the league. The 2nd XI, who play in the 2nd XI Premier Cup, were drawn away to Werneth’s 2nd XI. That game will take place on Sunday 23rd May. The 3rd XI, the defending champions of the Sunday Premier Cup, will travel to South West Manchester on Sunday 30th May. A senior players meeting will take place via zoom this Sunday evening at 7:00pm. This is open to all players in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd team squads, and all are encouraged to attend. Details have been circulated via the Whatsapp group chats.
On Thursday 4th March, the newly formed committee met for the first time. During this meeting, Gary Garner was elected chairman of Bury Cricket Club. Following this, Jules Spencer was elected as vice-chairman. More information on a changed club structuring will be communicated with members soon. We will need a number of new volunteers to spare some time throughout the season. James Weston was also selected as the third team captain for the 2021 season. There are a number of important notices that the committee wish to bring to the attention of our members: We are currently in the process of changing kit suppliers. Please do not make any more purchases from our previous club shop - all links to this shop have been removed from our social media sites. Details on our new supplier and a new club shop will be coming very soon. In order to get the ground ready for the start of the season, we are appealing for volunteers to lend a hand on the weekend of 10/11 April. If you can spare some time, please contact Dave Bowen or Gary Garner, so we can arrange a time in line with COVID-19 guidelines. In line with government guidelines, we can begin to offer outdoor training sessions from the week commencing 29th March. More details will follow on this prior to this date. The senior league season begins on 17th April and the junior league season will begin on 2nd May. More details on junior cricket will be shared when we have them. You can add our club calendar to your personal google calendar. You can do this by simply clicking here and following the on-screen instructions, or by visiting our club calendar page and clicking the '+' icon in the bottom right hand corner. Alternatively, you can subscribe to a particular team's fixtures via TeamApp. From the homepage, visit the calendar tab, select the team (or 'All entries' to add all games) and click 'subscribe' in the top left corner. Then follow the on-screen instructions to add the fixtures to your google calendar or iCalendar.
Bury Cricket Club This is not meant to be a newsletter or an official notice, but more in cricketing terms, a declaration. A declaration of thanks to two particular loyal members of Bury Cricket Club whose roles have now changed. Those who attended our virtual AGM will be aware, but to many of our friends and supporters who read our website this will be news for your appreciation. Wayne Belston is standing down from committee work for 2021. We would like to thank Wayne for all his past efforts which included being a hard hitting top order batsman on the field and a project manager off the field. He also provided us with, in addition, three excellent cricketers and a family legacy, It occurred to me that Wayne became a sort of a Mr Fix It. Should we need a new oversees player, a piece of kit, or a wicket cutting then Wayne was our man, to say nothing of arranging the North Wales tours during the last few years. A hard act to follow. We hope he will still have a presence and provide his expertise if ever we are stuck. We'll look forward to seeing him and his shorts walking around the boundary this season. The 2020 season was supposed to be one of celebration being the Clubs 175th anniversary and also marking 100 years of cricket on the Radcliffe Road ground. Our Chairman, Mark Smith, had grand plans for festivities to mark the occasion and we all know these would therefore have been carried out with determination, exactitude and flair. Alas, no such events happened, as it became a “ lost “ Covid effected season and in a strange way it seemed a good point for Mark to announce that he will now cease to be Chairman after 10 years at the top. We thus start 2021 with a fresh and hopefully fully innoculated committee. All members at Bury Cricket Club owe a great deal to Mark. If anyone asks what legacy Mark has left behind please accept the answer as “ Look around you ! ”. Pavilion, sightscreen , machinery, drainage, plus endless other stuff that a cricket club needs are now available, That is just the hardware, the software ( if that is the correct corresponding term ) being the Club spirit that Mark created. The pavilion became a place to gather and enjoy friendships, with the outfield an area to perform and defeat opposition. Thankfully Mark will continue on the committee and be evolved in projects as required. Of course, we must also acknowledge the efforts of Sue in ensuring Bury CC has a pavillion to be proud of. The shop, teas, and its faultless appearance is all down to Sue. Again we hope that these standards will be continued and we can count on Sue for future help. The departure of these stalwarts will leave a big hole in the operation of Bury CC for 2021. We are now preparing a list of activities and will need new volunteers to carry out these functions to keep Bury CC as a premier club. Remember we are an amateur organisation, and do not receive any benefit other than those generated by ourselves. We ask for everyone to help so don’t hesitate to come forward. Notice of this will be coming shortly. Meanwhile we look forward to a more “ normal “ cricket season this April. MKB
On Monday 22nd February at our Annual General Meeting, held virtually, the following positions were elected: 1st team captain: Gary Garner 2nd team captain: Chris Potts 3rd team captain: James Weston (elected during committee meeting on 4/3/21) Chairman: No nominations Treasurer/Secretary: Alan Breckin President: Mike Brawn Selection Committee: Senior captains & Matthew Metcalfe General Committee: Mark Smith Matthew Metcalfe Jules Spencer Dave Bowen James Weston Paul Belston Dominic Morris Mark Smith has stepped down as chairman of the club, a position he has held for a decade. Everyone at the club would like to say a big thank you to Mark for making our cricket club the club that it is today. Wayne Belston also stepped down from the general committee and another big thank you goes to him for his magnificent service to the club over many years. Finally, Jordan Smith has relinquished his duties as second team captain due to injury, and has also stepped down from the general committee. Our members will be aware of the government announcement on the same day, that included that outdoor sports facilities will be able to open and team sports will be able to resume from March 29th. We will await further instruction from the ECB and then the GMCL and hope to bring our members more information throughout the next month, as we look ahead to a (hopefully) full 2021 cricketing season.
The GMCL have now announced the format of this year's T20 competition, and the group stage fixtures. This year the Premier competition is split into 5 groups, 3 groups of 4 and 2 groups of 7 with each club playing 6 fixtures. Bury Storm have been assigned to the "Premier North" group, from which the top two will progress to the Quarter Finals in late June. Storm's fixtures have been added to the club calendar and the Team App calendar, which are fully upto date with the senior league fixtures and cup dates. Cup draws are expected soon and junior fixtures will follow closer to the season. To access the document explaining the competition structure click here. The T20 Fixtures are as follows: Friday 30th April : Bury Storm v Clifton Kingfishers Friday 7th May : Bury Storm v Heywood Monkeys Friday 21st May: Prestwich Heat v Bury Storm Friday 28th May : Woodbank Wildboyz v Bury Storm Thursday 3rd June ; Walshaw Warriors v Bury Storm Friday 18th June : Bury Storm v Whitefield Eagles (Stand CC)
In order to attend the 2021 AGM on Monday 22nd February at 7:30pm, you must register via the below form before 10am on Friday 19th February. Zoom details will then be sent out later that day, along with any documents from the Secretary. To register, please do so via the Google Form here.
Our Annual General Meeting will take place virtually via zoom on Monday 22nd February 2021, commencing at 7:30pm. Information on nominations has been circulated via our Whatsapp groups - please contact Alan Breckin for any nominations for any position with a proposer and seconder. Details on how to register to attend will be circulated via our social media channels soon.
The GMCL has now released all senior fixtures and cup dates for the 2021 season, with the hope of a full season being played. The 1st XI begin the season at home to Edgworth, as was originally planned for the 2020 season, in Premier Division 2 which promises to be very competitive, whilst the 2nd XI play away at Daisy Hill on the same date, Saturday 17th April. Stand-out fixtures for the 1st XI include a trip to Glossop on 22nd May, local derbies with Stand (home 5th June, away 21st August) and Walshaw (home 19th June, away 4th September) and a first GMCL meeting with Bradshaw (home 15th May), and end the season at home to Woodhouses on 11th September. In Division 2A, the 2nd XI have multiple local games with opponents including Radcliffe, East Lancs Paper Mill, Worsley, Tottington St Johns and Irlam. The 3rd XI will compete in the Sunday Premier Division, with opponents including Prestwich, Greenfield, Glodwick, South West Manchester and Westhoughton. They will begin the season against Oldham West on 18th April. Our fixtures for the 20-20 competition, and cup draws for each senior team, will be released later this month. All of our fixtures and cup dates can be viewed via the club calendar page, and fixtures will be added to the Team App calendar in the coming days. Now is a good time to re-install Team App if you removed it during the off-season, as this will be used on a greater scale during the 2021 season and is updated with latest news weekly. If you have not already set up a Team App account, then contact your team captain for more information. Please encourage friends and family to also download the app as a source of club news. Finally, the club would like to wish everyone a happy new year, and look forward to seeing everybody in a safe environment soon.
Bury Cricket Club is pleased to announce that Ben Gorton has signed as club professional for the 2021 Greater Manchester Cricket League season. Ben has scored 1383 runs for the club since he joined in 2018, including 10 half centuries and a high score of 165*, and has become a well-known face amongst everyone at the club whilst working with the junior section. We are also delighted to announce that Mukhtar Nasir will be re-joining the club for the 2021 season. Mukhtar scored over 1000 runs in the GMCL for Bury before he left to spend 2 years with Walshaw in 2019. He will also bolster our bowling attack, having taken 86 wickets in the GMCL era for the club. We can also confirm that both Alex Breckin and Ahmed Matloob have committed to their futures at Bury in 2021. Alex won the Division 1B bowling award in 2019 with 42 wickets at an average of only 9.05, whilst Ahmed impressed with the ball this season taking 15 wickets in 4 matches.
We have recieved notification that a club member who was in attendance at the 3rd XI match on Sunday (v Heywood) has tested positive for coronavirus. Those present at the ground on the day have been contacted separately to give them as much detail as is necessary. As a result the club will be closed and all cricket activity will cease for 7 days as per league protocols. We wish the very best to the person involved in their recovery. The committee has now also, given the worryingly increasing rates of COVID-19 in the region, come to a decision to end the season at this point. We would like to thank all of our members for their support throughout the 2020 season, which has seen us compete with 4 senior teams and 3 junior teams.
Bury Storm ended their GMCL15 campaign with a narrow defeat to Clifton Kingfishers on Friday evening, and there were plenty of positives to take from the game. Kingfishers captain and ex-Lancashire wicketkeeper Gareth Cross won the toss and elected to bat first, and Mohammed Majid took a big wicket with just the fifth ball of the innings, with former Flixton opener Luke Perry picking out Lee Halliwell at extra cover. The same two combined to take the other two key men - Adam Holt was bowled by Majid on 25 and Cross could only find Chris Potts from a Lee Halliwell full toss. However, Clifton found useful runs the whole way down the order and eventually reached 123-7 from their 15 overs - the highest total for any team in any of Storm's games this season. Majid Talib was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-11 from his three overs. Jacob Ramsay got Storm's innings off to a great start, with 40 runs on the board before the loss of Matt Donnelly (6) in the 6th over. After another quick wicket, Sam Nolan-Massey built a partnership with Jacob of 31 from 15 balls with both batsman striking the ball very cleanly, and Storm looked in a great position at 72-3 in the 9th over. However, a costly run out of Massey (20) brought the Kingfishers right back into the game. Joe Spencer, on debut, starred with 22* in a partnership of 42 with Jacob, before Ramsay was caught in the last over on 60. With 2 balls to go, Storm needed 9 runs but a dot ball followed by just a single meant that Storm fell 8 short of victory. The result means that Storm finish their GMCL15 campaign in 3rd position but held their own in every game - an impressive win over Prestwich Heat was the highlight and both Walshaw and Clifton won in the last over of the respective games. On Saturday, a much-changed 1st team suffered their first league defeat of the season at the hands of Edenfield. Bury scored 149-7 from their 40 overs, with sizeable contributions from Matt Donnelly (27), Zafri Zafardeen (30), Donovan Flaherty (25) and Gary Garner (38*) - with Garner ensuring there was 25 runs scored in the last 3 overs, including 2 sixes. A short rain delay in between innings meant Edenfield needed to chase 140 in 35 overs. Edenfield's run chase was built around pro Paul Gallagher (62), with a third wicket partnership of 51 with Mark Fallon proving to be vital. Wickets from Ahmed Matloob saw the visitors slip to 88-5 but this time it was Harry Fallon who put on 36 with Gallagher, and Edenfield chased their DLS target with 3 wickets and 5 balls to spare. On Sunday, the 3rd XI suffered a defeat away to local neighbours Walshaw. As was the story in the reverse fixture, Josh Allum and Sam Openshaw started strongly for the hosts, and the score was 90-2 in the 15th over when they were both back in the shed. Bury fought back well to reduce Walshaw to 151-9 with 3 wickets each for Mohammed Usman (10-0-26-3) and Josh Bowen (7-2-25-3) in excellent tight spells, but a last wicket partnership between Tom Nally (29*) and Raess Khan (41*) pushed Walshaw upto 216-9 in an expensive last 4 overs. Bury's run chase got off to a tough start at 2-2 with the experienced heads of Arshad Raza and James Towey failing to score. Joe Spencer built on his excellent showing on Friday to hit a run-a-ball 33 and he fell in the 11th over at 49-3, which became 49-4. A 5-th wicket partnership of 53 between Joe Mitchell and James Weston (18) pushed the total past the ton, and then Joe Mitchell passed 50 for the second time this season, in two third team appearances. Aaron Davies' entertaining tenure at the crease resulted in his highest score in a competitive game for the club, but Bury were eventually bowled out for 151. On Monday, a T20 XI took on Prestwich in a fundraising T20 game for Bury Hospice. A enjoyable game played in good spirits included highlights of Gary Garner's two wickets in two balls and Patrick Potts' 21*.
4 wickets in 5 balls from on-field captain Chris Potts led the 2nd XI to a 4th win from 4 and move 11 points clear at the top of Division FF at the half-way point of the season. Having being inserted to bat first by Astley & Tyldesley, in a game that remarkably started on time despite the heavy rain throughout the rest of Greater Manchester, Bury built some early partnerships to make it hard work for the home bowlers. Each of the top 5 reached double figures, with number 3 Leighton Santos making 33 in his typical quickfire manner, with Bury reaching 100 for the loss of 4 wickets in the 27th over. However, James Carr took 3 wickets in the 28th over to spark a middle order collapse, and the threat of a decent total being posted by Bury seemed to have been vastly reduced at 103-7. Chris Potts (20) joined Donovan Flaherty at the crease, and the pair put on 40 runs inside 8 overs to push Bury towards 150 when Potts was adjudged to be short of his ground in a tight run out. Joe Spencer supported Flaherty who followed up his 35 last week with an unbeaten 38 and Bury eventually reached 163 when they were bowled out in the last over. Astley & Tyldesley's openers looked to take the game to Bury early with 49 runs on the board before Potts took the first wicket in the 10th over. Opening batsman David Harrison passed 50 and A&T were only 2 down when they passed 100, some 5 overs earlier than Bury passed the same total. However, two overs turned the game on its head. Firstly, Joe Spencer bowled the experienced Tony Kelly with an excellent moving delivery, and then picked up the new man lbw 3 balls later. 3 overs later, Chris Potts took centre stage. With the first ball of the over, he bowled Harrison (55) with a wicket that brought Bury back into the game. The feat was repeated with the next two balls, both bowled and Potts had a hatrick and A&T were on the ropes at 116-7, having been 109-2 10 minutes earlier. Owen Broughton managed to keep out his first ball but the fifth ball of the over saw another wicket, with Donovan taking the catch at short extra cover, to give Potts his fifth wicket, and fourth of the over. Pemberton and Vickers still threatened a late A&T comeback but Lee Halliwell took a deserved first wicket to make it 138-9 and then Joe Spencer bowled the number 11 to wrap up another 5 points for the 2nds, who move 11 points clear of 2nd placed A&T. The other game in the division was abandoned: At Radcliffe Road, the 1st XI game with Heywood was abandoned by 1:45pm - the ground was fit to play despite persistent drizzle an hour before but two very heavy showers ended any hopes of getting a reduced overs game underway. On Sunday, the 3rd team game at Clifton suffered the same fate, with the game called off by 11:30am. This week, Bury Storm play their final game of the season at home to Clifton Kingfishers - a win will see Storm finish 2nd in the group behind winners Walshaw Warriors. The game starts at 6pm and will be covered by Roch Valley Radio. On Saturday, the 1st XI host Edenfield at the Archway Oval, whilst the 2nd XI take a week off. On Sunday, the 3rd XI are away at Walshaw and on Bank Holiday Monday, a T20 XI will represent Bury at Prestwich in a Bury Hospice fundraising day - our game will be played at approx 1pm.
Both the 1st and 2nd teams made it 3 wins from 3 games in the league, with 6 point victories on Saturday, after Bury Storm recorded another win on Friday. Whitefield Eagles (Stand) were the visitors to the Archway Oval on Friday night and batted first having won the toss. Sub pro Anwar Ul Haq batted through most of the Eagles' innings for his 46 and was supported by Steven McGuinness (19) as Bury were set 90 to win from their 15 overs. Despite the loss of two early wickets, Storm were always meeting the asking rate of 6 runs per over, with Ben Gorton's 29 setting the run chase at the correct pace. However, at 59-6 Storm looked to be struggling, but a partnership between Matt Donnelly (12) and Gary Garner (17*) ensured Storm got home with 5 balls to spare - the 3rd win from 4 games. With Walshaw tieing with Prestwich on Thursday and Prestwich beating Clifton on Friday, Storm can still win the group going into the last game with the Clifton Kingfishers on Friday 28th August, but will need results to go their way between now and then: On Saturday, the 1st XI were away at Brooksbottom, and were asked to bat first after Gary Garner lost the toss. Once again, Sam Nolan-Massey and Alex Breckin had excellent starts with the ball - Alex's first 4 overs were all maidens and Brox were 3 down by the time Mohsin Iqbal attempted to hit Breckin out of the attack with a quickfire 22, when he was stumped in Ahmed Matloob's first over. There was little resistance from the Brox bating order, with only 3 batsman making it to double figures and Matloob ripped through the middle order, finishing with figures of 5-0-28-5. Breckin (8.5-6-18-4) cleared up the tail as Brooksbottom were all out for 86. Captain Garner opened the batting with Ben Gorton and never looked in any trouble, with an opening stand of 79 sealing the game for Bury. Garner and Zafardeen fell just before Dom Morris hit 2 boundaries in his first 3 balls to end the game in the 21st over - a 8 wicket and bonus point victory for the 1s. That results means Bury sit top of Division L, 6 points ahead of nearest challengers Heywood who visit Radcliffe Road on Saturday: At the Archway Oval, Bury 2nds batted first and a second wicket partnership of 88 between Hamzah Hussain (51) and Zain Khan (39) got the innings off to a good start within the first 20 overs. There were also sizeable contributions from Donovan Flaherty (35), Patrick Potts (29) and Chris Potts (14) as Bury batted out their 40 overs, setting Bolton Indians 183 to win. A slow start from our opponents built the pressure on the batsmen, and Bolton Indians never threatened Bury's total, finishing on 103 all out with 2 wickets each for Usman Afridi, Chris Potts, Mohammed Usman and 3 for Patrick Potts (2-0-4-3), to make it a second bonus point victory of the day for Bury. Similarly to the 1st team, the 2nds now sit at the top of their division with 17 points from 3 games, 6 points ahead of next week's opponents Astley & Tyldesley. On Sunday, the 3rds had a day to forget with the bat. Having won the toss and choosing to bat, Bury fell to 45 all out against Elton, with 5 wickets for Chris Barlow (5-4-1-5). Wicketkeeper Ali Ammar (19) was the only man to reach double figures. Bury did take 3 wickets in the second innings as Elton didn't have it all their own way, with one each for Arshad Raza and Zarqash Ali and a run out for Will Moore, but Elton eased home to win by 7 wickets. That result leaves the 3rds in 5th position going into next week's game away to league leaders Clifton.
Week 3 of the shortened league season saw 3 wins in 3 for the club, in 3 different competitions. On Thursday night, underdogs Bury Storm made the trip to Prestwich Heat for our third GMCL15 game of the group. Storm batted first and were in all sorts of trouble at 16/4 in the 7th over, with Garner, Ramsay (X2) and Mirza all falling early. However, a superb 21 ball partnership worth 50 between Ali Hassan (30 from 12 balls) and Ghalib Sarosh (25 from 19 balls) brought to life a Storm resurgence, with 5 sixes between them. Wickets continued to tumble after that partnership, but Storm managed to reach 95 before being bowled out on the last ball of the 15 over innings. Prestwich Heat looked as though they were going to make light work of the total, with opener Danny Pawson hitting 2 boundaries and one six within the first 10 balls of the innings, however 2 wickets in 2 balls at the end of the second over from Usman Afridi (3-0-22-4), removing the two key men in Pawson and captain James Wharmby, revived Bury once more, with the score at 22-2. Heat never restored the momentum they started the run chase with, and an excellent spell from spinner Majid Talib (3-1-9-2) backed up by Ali Hassan (3-0-12-0) and Mumtaz Mirza (3-0-14-1) meant that Storm held on for an impressive 12 run victory, despite number 9 Nathan Bailey threatening a late charge. On Saturday, with no game for the first team, the seconds took centre stage and wrapped up 6 points within 3 hours of play against Unsworth. Unsworth batted first but only Jack O'Brien reached double figures as they were bowled out for 50 within 26 overs. Majid Talib once again shone, finishing with figures of 6.5-3-9-6, and the remaining wickets were shared between Ali Hassan, Chris Potts and Usman Afridi. Any slim hopes of Unsworth defending the total were quickly diminished in the second innings, with Joe Mitchell and Zain Khan starting strongly, with 25 runs on the board for no wicket within the first 5 overs. Adam Earnshaw took the wicket of Mitchell, but that turned out to be the only wicket taken as Bury eased to a 9 wicket win inside 14 overs. On Sunday, the thirds picked up their first win of the season in a close fought game with Heywood. Having won the toss and batted, Bury looked to be in trouble at 40/4 in the 16th over (including 14 extras), with Heywood's long boundaries proving that scoring was going to be difficult all day. However, remarkably Bury did not lose another wicket, with a superb partnership spanning 24 overs between opener Arshad Raza and wicketkeeper Ali Ammar rescuing Bury. The partnership was worth 124, with Raza becoming the third opening batsman in as many weeks to bat the whole innings for the club and finished on 78*, and Ammar (51*) reached a first Bury half-century in the last over of the innings, and so Bury posted 163/4. In the second innings, Heywood responded well to the loss of an early wicket for Zarqash Ali, with the young pairing of Matthew Dearden and Daniel Openshaw putting on 80 for the second wicket to frustrate Bury. It was Marcus Eaton who broke the partnership, bowling Openshaw for 31, and then Dearden fell an over later on the same score tro give Oliver Pomfret his first league wicket for the club. With the asking rate almost upto 6, scoreboard pressure meant wickets continued to be taken, with the star being Pomfret (10-1-45-5) who took a maiden five wicket haul in a 10 over spell. Captain Lee Clarkson (33) offered Heywood hope towards the end of the innings, but he did not have enough support at the other end, and when he fell in the 38th over, bowled by Zarqash (10-1-24-2), the game was as good as over, and Bury took a 15 run win. This week, there is a hatrick of games at the Archway Oval, with Storm at home to the Whitefield Eagles on Friday night, before the 2nds host Bolton Indians 2nds, and the 3rds are at home to Elton on Sunday. The 1st team also return to action on Saturday, away at Brooksbottom.
It was three wins from four games over the weekend for the Radcliffe Road men, with wins for Bury Storm on Friday, and for the 1st and 2nd XIs on Saturday. The weekend began early on a hot Friday evening at the Archway Oval, with neighbours East Lancs Millers the opposition in our second game of the 15 over competition, following a tight defeat to Walshaw two days earlier. Dom Morris continued his brilliant start to the season with another half century, 54 runs coming from just 29 balls. An unbeaten 20 from captain Gary Garner helped Storm upto 96-6 by the end of their 15 overs. The wickets were shared, with 2 each for Lee Halliwell, Majid Talib and Chris Potts, with East Lancs finishing 58 all out in the last over. On Saturday, the 1st team made it two wins from two in their bid to top Group L in the Saturday 40 over competition, with a 52 run victory over Tottington St Johns. Jon Wiggans was given a guard of honour as he went out to open the batting in the first innings - his final competitive innings before retirement. It was former Bury man Matt Smalley who claimed his wicket for the last time, given lbw for 10. Number three Zafri Zafardeen scored 26 but Smalley's 6-22 wripped through the Bury middle and lower order as they collapsed from 87-3 to 106 all out. However, much like last week, the run chase never got going for our opponents, with spinner Ahmed Matloob (10-6-17-4) opening the bowling and claiming the wicket of both Totty openers within his first 7 deliveries. Alex Breckin (10-4-14-3) was once again in the wickets, before Wiggans (2.1-1-1-2) was brought on to claim 2 wickets, including bowling Clive Brooks with the last ball of the match, and the last ball of his fine career. In the reverse fixture, the 2nd XI won a tighter game to get their league campaign off to the best possible start, with a 3 wicket win at Crompton Meadows. The hosts batted first, and wickets fell at regular intervals with opener Michael Proops (40) the only man in the top 6 to make more than 12 before he was caught off the bowling of Usama Akram, with the score at this point 93-6. TSJ recovered well however, with only 2 more wickets falling, both to Chris Potts (10-1-22-4), as they finished their 40 overs on 162-8. Joe Mitchell (12) was the first man to fall for Bury in the second innings, with a good take from Matthew Bradshaw off his own bowling. However, a 4th wicket partnership of 56 between Zain Khan and Usama Akram (33) swung the momentum back in Bury's favour, with the score upto 99-4 when Akram was caught and bowled by Kevin Hothersall. Small contributions from the lower order and Zain Khan's perseverance saw Bury over the line with 6 overs and 3 wickets to spare, with Khan finishing on 49* having batted through the whole innings. On Sunday, the 3rd XI suffered a 47 run defeat in a high scoring game at the Archway Oval to Heaton. Having won the toss and batted first, Heaton's talented young team scored 198-9 from their 40 overs, with 7 batsmen reaching double figures, including 48 from Oliver Lightbrown. Arshad Raza (8-0-32-3) was once again the leading wicket taker, with braces for Zarqash Ali and Mohammed Usman. After losing Raza early on, the Bury run chase started well, being at the required rate throughout the first 20 overs. Ghalib Sarosh scored a run-a-ball 27 and Hamza Hussain scored 46 from 49 balls before he was given out lbw. In the second half of the innings, momentum began to stall, and after the wickets of captain James Weston (24) and Joe Spencer (13), the required rate had become out of realistic reach. Zarqash Ali and Josh Bowen saw out the last couple of overs for the last wicket to ensure that Bury took one losing bonus point, finishing on 151-9. This week, Bury Storm continue their GMCL15 campaign with a trip to Prestwich on Thursday, before the 2nds host Unsworth at the Archway Oval on Saturday, with no game for the first team. The 3rd XI travel to Heywood on Sunday. Visit the Seniors page to view fixtures and results, with links to scorecards, match reports and league tables.
The 1st team defeated Edenfield by 159 runs in a much-awaited season opener, as the 3rd team also got their GMCL league campaign underway on Sunday. Despite heavy rain on the morning of the game, the 1st XI game at Edenfield started only half an hour delayed, with a 37 over game. New captain Gary Garner won the toss and elected to bat first, and Ben Gorton and Jon Wiggans got Bury off to a great start, capitalising on some over-pitched bowling, with the score reaching 47 before Wiggans was bowled by Ryan Barnes in the 8th over. Bury lost another two wickets without much further addition to the scoreline, before Dom Morris joined Ben Gorton at the crease. The two put together 67 for the 4th wicket, with Gorton passing 50 to add to his 9 previous Bury half-centuries, and then Morris put on a fine display of ball striking, with 5 fours and 7 sixes in his 80 from 65 balls. Bury were dismissed for 203 with 2 overs to spare. In the second innings, the difference in quality between the two sides was clear to see. Edenfield slumped to 18-7 within 12 overs, with Alex Breckin (7-3-8-3) and Sam Nolan-Massey (8-3-14-4) tearing through the top and middle order, with catches for wicket-keeper Matt Donnelly, Dom Morris, Jon Wiggans and Ben Gorton. New spinner Ahmed Matloob also impressed with the ball, picking up his first two Bury wickets (both caught by Dom Morris) and Lee Halliwell also picked up a wicket in his first over. Edenfield were bowled out for 44, completing a dominant display by the Radcliffe Road men. With no league fixture scheduled this week (due to an odd number of teams in their division), a 2nd/Friendly XI hosted Deane & Derby 2nd XI at Radcliffe Road. Zafri Zafardeen top scored with 32 for Bury as they fell 30 short of victory having bowled out the visitors for 111. Sunday saw the first senior league action of the year at the Archway Oval, as local rivals Walshaw were the visitors. Walshaw won the toss and elected to bat first, and started well, progressing to 80 before the loss of the first wicket in the 16th over, with Will Moore removing Openshaw (38) lbw. An excellent spell from Arshad Raza (8-3-24-4) brought Bury back into the game, which included 3 wickets in 4 balls, and a dropped catch in the middle of that on the hatrick ball. Former Bury 3rd XI captain Jonathan Stackhouse offered more resistance before he was dismissed by an excellent catch by Joe Mitchell at mid on for 26. Wickets for Zain Khan (8-1-25-2) and Josh Bowen (2.4-1-5-3) ensured Bury clawed their way back into the game, bowling out Walshaw for 164. The run chase started well for Bury, with Mitchell and Raza's opening stand worth 50, however they were two of only three Bury batsman to reach double figures as regular falling wickets stalled the run chase. Ali Ammar looked to take the game to the visitors, before he was caught on 18, which brought Bury back into the game once again, at this point requiring 63 more runs from 10 overs with 5 wickets remaining. Joe Mitchell reached a well-deserved 50 for the first time in the GMCL, but wickets continued to tumble at the other end under scoreboard pressure, with Bury eventually falling 27 short of the DLS target. Mitchell carried his bat with an excellent 70* from 102 deliveries. In all three games this weekend, all Bury players wore black armbands and a minutes silence was observed before each game, in honour of James Towey's mother Mary, who sadly passed away earlier this week. Everybody at the club sends their thoughts and prayers to James and his family at this difficult time. This week, Bury Storm begin the 15-over competition with a double header - playing away at Walshaw Warriors on Wednesday before welcoming the East Lancs Millers to the Archway Oval on Friday, where the Sports club bar will be open. Senior Training now takes place on Tuesday evenings from 6pm onwards, with Junior Training on Thursday evenings. The previous net booking system has now been ended, but the nets will remain locked up outside these training sessions, in line with ECB guidelines.
For those who haven't yet read through our Return to Cricket Risk Assessment, then you can view it here. Juniors Junior training will begin this Thursday 23rd July, junior managers will be in contact with parents before this time with more details. We are still waiting for junior fixtures to come out, we will get them in the next couple of days and these will be added to the club calendar on the website and on the Team App calendar. However, we do know that the junior season will start next Sunday 26th July, with each age group playing on their usual night/morning. Juniors will still be able to book a net session as before, for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, but these will be limited to one session per week per child and will be in the Net Area only, so there will be a limited number of bookings available. Sessions will be available to book this week from 5pm on Monday. Seniors We now have all of our senior fixtures, with the 15 over competition fixtures released - we start on Friday 31st July at home to ELPM Millers, and then go on to play Prestwich (A), Whitefield Eagles (H), Unsworth Dragons (A) and Clifton Kingfishers (H). All fixtures are available to view on the club website calendar and on the Team App calendar. As stated above, junior training will this year take place on a Thursday night. Seniors will have sole access to the practice wicket on the square on a Tuesday and Wednesday, but, at this current time, must continue to book through our booking system, and continue to follow the rules, with groups of no more than 6. They can also book net area sessions if desired. Sessions will be available to book this week from 5pm on Monday. Seniors can take part in a maximum of two booked net sessions a week.
As part of the GMCL's new player registration system, set up with CricHQ to try to reduce the number of instances of ineligible players taking part in league matches, each senior and junior player now needs to individually register themselves on the system. Every player/junior parent must register through this system before they will be allowed to play any senior or junior league matches that get underway next weekend. To register, follow the 'Player Registration' tab on the Team App homepage, or click here. There is a page of instructions before you scroll down and select 'Register for BURY CC'. The registration process involves asking you for an image - a head and shoulder shot. As part of the new league rules, every senior player and any junior who wishes to play senior cricket this season, MUST upload an image of themselves - there is a link to read through the GDPR policies on the form. For junior players who will not play senior/open-age cricket, uploading an image of the player is optional, but if not uploading a head and shoulder shot, you should upload the club badge. Please note that the image needs to include just you and must be a genuine picture - once you have completed the process your account will be linked with your previous cricHQ account and the new image will replace any existing images.
With less than 2 weeks to go to the start of the 2020 season, we now have received some fixtures from the GMCL. With the season shortened to 10 weeks, senior teams have been placed in regionalised groups of 5/6 where they will play each other home and away. Our 1st XI have been placed in 'Group L' with Heywood, Unsworth, Brooksbottom, Edenfield and Tottington St Johns. Following this weekend's friendlies, they will start the season away at Edenfield on Saturday 25th July, and finish away at Heywood on Saturday 26th September. Our 2nd XI have been placed in 'Group FF' with Astley & Tyldesley 2s, Unsworth 2s, Tottington St Johns 2s and Bolton Indians 2s. They start the season on Saturday 1st August away at Tottington St Johns. Our 3rd XI will play in 'Group JJJ' with Walshaw 3s, Heaton 3s, Clifton 3s, Heywood 3s and Elton 3s. They start the season at home to Walshaw on Sunday 26th July. You can view all senior fixtures on the calendar tab on the Team App homepage, or on our calendar or senior pages on the club website. We are expecting the fixtures for the GMCL15 (15-over comp), U9, U11 and U13 competitions in the next couple of days, these will be added to the calendar tab and this article will be updated when they are released.
We are now one week into our nets system, which has been successfully and safely implemented - our thanks goes to those who have booked a session and used the nets this week for their understanding of our protocols and co-operation. Ahead of next week's sessions becoming available to book from 5pm today (Friday 3/7/20), there are a few small changes to the system: - Sessions on the square will be extended to 75 minutes, as it is anticipated these sessions will be booked by larger groups. Net area sessions will remain 45 minutes long with one extended session available each evening - this seems to be about the correct length for junior pairings. - Booking slot timings will become uniformed across the week, with slots available at the following times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings: 17:30-18:15 - Net Area 17:45-19:00 - Wicket on Square 18:30-19:15 - Net Area 19:15-20:30 - Wicket on Square 19:30-20:30 - Net Area (Extended Session) - Members remain restricted to a maximum of two sessions per week, but the restriction on the number of bookings has been relaxed from one to two. - For all bookings, if there are any changes to the personnel who will attend the session after the booking has been confirmed, then the booking holder must contact the net manager to inform them of this. The net managers must know who is coming to the session in advance, and we must keep a correct register of attendence should we be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. - There will be an addition to the booking form - senior groups (only) that have space for more people to join (i.e. less than 6 members) will have an option to 'advertise' their slot for more people to join. This means that on the team app news article and on the nets page, where current available slots can be viewed, your names will be included on a time so other senior players can choose to join if they wish. Anyone who wishes to join this session must contact the booking holder (the first person named) who must contact the net manager to inform them of additions to their group. If you are currently unable to attend on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evening but would like to have a net session, then please do not hesitate to contact the net managers. If you require a slot on a different day on a different time, we will try to work with you to make it happen in the coming weeks. Thank you to those who have provided feedback that have inspired the above alterations.
Following the launch of our booking system for senior net sessions on Friday evening, we are now pleased to be opening up this system for our junior members, in a restricted manner. In addition to senior groups of upto 6, we are also now taking bookings for: junior groups within households i.e. parent and child(ren) - there must be an adult present groups of two junior players from different households (as long as at least one parent is present throughout the session) To book a session for your child, you can access the booking system via our nets page. Please ensure you read through all of the protocols on this page and that your child understands them prior to the session. We have bookings available for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with the sessions for each week being added to the booking system at 5pm each Friday. Members should not attempt to use our net facilities other than during a pre-booked session. We hope to allow larger groups of juniors to train by age-group in the near future. More information on this will be given in due course.
As stated in the statement earlier this week, we are pleased to be opening the practice nets to senior players (initially) from next Tuesday 30th June. All players who book or will participate in a session must read through and agree to all of our net protocols, which you can access by clicking here, or by clicking on the 'nets' tab on our website or on our Team App homepage. The booking system goes live at 5pm on Friday 26th June, and you can book sessions for the week commencing Monday 29th June, with sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Each week, the system will stay live until the start of the final session on Thursday evening, or until all sessions are booked for that week, where it will go offline until 5pm Friday where the sessions for the following week will then be able to book. If you have any difficulties booking, then please contact one of the Net Managers, as named on the Nets page.
Following the results of the surveys sent out to senior players and junior parents in the last fortnight, members of the committee have been considering how we can open the nets safely and manage this system during the current climate. In order to safely open our net and outfield facilities to our members, we must implement a number of safety measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus in line with the latest ECB guidlines. This means: At all times that the facilities are open, there must be a club representative on site who is responsible for cleaning touch points and equipment before and after sessions Members can only gain access to the facilities at a specific time that is arranged via a booking system Currently, players can train in a group of upto 6 people from different households, and those who do not live in the same household must maintain a 2m distance at all times Only our outdoor facilities will be able to be opened, as the risk of infection is lower outdoors To ensure the distance is maintained, nets can only be used on an 'every other net' basis, meaning we can only open one net at this current time, in addition to a practice wicket on the square At all time that the facilities are closed, there must be appropriate signage to show this and the net facilities will be closed off and secured We are pleased to announce that we will be opening the net facilities to senior players (and juniors who play senior cricket) from Tuesday 30th June. Players will only be able to attend a session if they book in advance, using our booking system. This system will go live later this week, and will be accompanied by a list of protocols that those who wish to use the facilities must adhere to. Until this date, and at all times you have not booked a session, we must remind our members that the club's facilities remain closed. An update with regard to junior net sessions/training will be given in due course.
Club Statement 18/5/20 Club members will be aware of the statement released on Friday by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) that outlined strict guidelines regarding the use of cricketing facilities (which includes both practice nets and the outfield) in response to the changes to the lockdown made by the UK government last week. The committee has taken time to consider the guidelines and our ability, as a club, to safely implement such measures and have reluctantly come to the decision that the club's cricketing facilities (nets and outfield) will remain closed to all of its members at this time. This decision does not come easily and we appreciate that this may disappoint some members, but the committee was united in the belief that the safety of its members must and will come first. We will continue to review the situation going forward in these unprecedented times. In line with the ECB guidelines, we will be actively closing off the net facilities, and we ask that all members respect this decision. In the meantime, we advise everyone to keep safe by continuing to follow the government guidelines, and hope we see you all in the not too far distant future. The Committee.
This week, Wayne Belston looks back at the great 2nd XI JD Worthington Cup run of 2004... As in line with previous posts I was asked some weeks ago to write something that may act as a stimulus during lockdown, I’ve had many memories over the years on and off the field and thought of one that sits well with me for sure, having played a small part of our historic club and hopefully played my part along the way, I couldn’t help lean towards how proud I was to get us on the honours board and a particular time down at the club when the juniors were not only a feature of our club but had some “ bloody good ones” too I might add. Bury CC in my time have always been a club that promotes youth and non-more so than the year I was lucky enough to be captain of 1st and 2nd team. For my part the things that stick in the memory was at that time we had the perfect blend, players who wanted to play the game to the best of their abilities with a competitive edge, hard nosed experienced cricketers, a large sprinkling of talented youth and a touch of genuine class. My job was easy all I had to do was steer the ship and like a good hand in cards, play them in the right order. Some of the recollections are remenissions from past players and previous trips but the odd story during the cup run are still vivid and like yesterday, with the tech available I’ve included some score cards for those who may want to re visit “all our yesterdays”. 2nd Team JC Worthington Cup 2004 Rd 1 V Westleigh away (scorecard)- Having won the toss and deciding to field thinking we could roll this team over on a postage stamp type ground, a far cry from all the improvements that have benefited Westleigh today who boast a really nice ground, in those days parking your car at the side of the banking fell into the “at your own peril” as the wicket was often some 25 yard away from a leg side glance, I remember we rolled out someone similar to Rob Keen in that if he was available he made a big difference, Ibrahim Afridi ( La La) as he was known, related to recent junior members in Usman and Faheem clan, lets just say his visa at the time may have fell into the overstay category and we spent a lot of time as we are now - social distancing him away from the crowd , but boy could he play , for those going back in time he took a catch in a first team game when Dubs was pro Pete Allen was keeping and Jon Shaw was amongst one of our best youngsters against Lytham in Lancs KO, a one hand stunner low down in gully a few inches off the ground, great memories. A devasting spell in this first round of 6 overs 3 wkts for 15 runs sealed Westleigh's fate as we rolled them over for less than 100 and thoughts of us being back in Bury before 6pm was on the cards, as we know it doesn’t and didn’t quite work out like that, having made a real hash of getting into this target early and with less than 50 on the board and being 6 wickets down I can remember thinking how I was going to live this one down, fortunately we had Andrew Metcalfe dropping down from the 1s and Pete McCormack who was more well known for his bowling they both managed to get us home with a dogged determined knock and it ended with one of those games where we were secretly bragging that’s you lot sorted but in reality we were nervous as hell and on we marched into the next round. RD 2 V Deane and Derby away (scorecard) - Highlights not in any order, Dominic’s and Nicky’s delight at the ice cream van arriving shortly after tea , to this day best memories of teas there were the plain salted crisps and slightly sweet pickled onion strands and to pray for ice cream van to arrive at 4pm hopefully batting 2nd, I must have lost the toss as we fielded first, Amar was at his metronomic best he had the ability to move the ball around and threaten the batsman as well as force them into a rash shot. Dave Leech was his partner who I’ll save mentioning to later on in the Monton game, but ends with the same result 8 miserly overs for under 30 runs. I remember before the game we had a gangly young lad 6’5 all arms and legs and could extract a bit of bounce and could be useful at Deane and Derby we thought prior to selection hence Matts non inclusion enter our very own spiderman Danny McCaffrey, I can recollect it didn’t quite work for Danny on the day, he was like bambi on ice running down the dip and couldn’t find his rhythm early on and after 3 or 4 overs met the skippers equivalent of the shepherd’s crook, off you come son, 6 an over couldn’t cut it in this team we had a variety of options. To his credit Danny played his part and did what most up front bowlers do when brought off early came back and mopped up the last two wickets. 3 batsman for D+D scoring 30 plus and 180 on the board nobody really putting us to the sword and we came off relatively pleased. After the short feast I’m thinking we need a good start me and Rob Keen stroll to the wicket , their skipper Solly India Atcha had sized me up from previous and brought himself on to my surprise , ok I thought he’s brought himself on to get me with a slow one , he runs up off 3 paces and loops one that pitches on middle and leg, “ perfect I thought - all the cherrys on the fruit machine appear” and I duly obliged to swing and miss, he hit and the stumps are down, off the skipper walks having played his really small part, certainly first over could have been 1st ball. Little did they bargain for what was to come in the shape of an imperious innings from one of the best batsman that the MDCA had produced at the level, Rob was a player who over the years frustrated many including myself with his availability “ he was just so good he had to play” with his work commitments and part time DJ role it meant he could only turn out on a Sunday, on most occasions Rob played, we hoped we had the game won by 6.30pm because he had to be away to hit the decks at 7pm or just after depending where he was setting up in GMC. It was a master class of fluent stroke play, he had solid defence and scored all over the ground, he hit anything loose and hit it hard and had the nous to be able to count 6 balls in an over. James Mc Gahan was sent in to continue the plan of taking the game to the opposition early, only this time he executed the plan and took the responsibility on his young shoulders and wasn’t fazed, James fell into the talented youth category, his best performance with the ball was saved for the final, but for today it was with the bat and he gave Rob invaluable support and we had just shy of 100 on the board before he lost his wicket, Amar was in and out quickly but ball striking and keeping the tempo going and it was left to Paul Morris who fell into the hard nosed experienced category with a very well constructed support role to get us within touching distance, that was Paul’s best asset in this team similar to mine coming to the end of our careers but still very good at the level and had a real will to win, as well as being able to bat and get runs behind his name . Rob was in full flow and masterly negotiated his way to a magnificent 100 as well as getting us over the line, after being 1 for 1 knocking it off for 3 down, Rob quite rightly took the patios applause. I...
This week, it's Matthew Metcalfe's turn to turn back the clocks... I too have been asked to write an article for the website and as someone who has spent most of my time bumbling around in the foothills of league cricket, occasionally climbing some minor peak before meandering back off into another valley, it is not easy to find something to write about. So, taking inspiration from Mike and Paul, I thought I’d go back to the beginning; not quite as far back in the mists of time as them but the last century nonetheless. This season would (and hopefully still might) be my 23rd (I think) playing senior cricket at Bury. Like most people my age I guess their first recollections are playing cricket in the back garden; in my case it was my grandfather’s back garden using the little path that ran by the side of his garage as the strip. Looking back I don’t where my grandad got his love of cricket from coming as he did from inner city Salford. Moving on from back garden cricket I played at primary school and then joined Bury Cricket Club on the advice of my headteacher, Les Horton, who also played at the club. I played junior cricket from the age of U13 (there wasn’t an U11s when I started) being a moderately poor wicketkeeper. It was only at the age of 16 or 17 that I switched to being a moderately poor off spin bowler and I began playing Sunday friendlies. My abiding memories of those games is standing at mid off and having the ball hurled 40 odd yards or so from first slip by Speedy, accompanied by the occasional bellow of “keep it up” and “bloody hell” when it inevitably hit the turf. Looking back I now realise this was an act of kindness rather than the sadism I thought at the time. One of the first matches I played was a away at Pott Shrigley, probably in 1996. It was a baking hot day I got stung by a wasp and suffered heat stroke and they were the highlights. I came onto bowl and didn’t quite hit my length and this one batsman took great delight in hitting me into a field full of sheep, ironically at cow corner, repeatedly. Speedy offered his usual sage advice “better a full toss than a long hop,” so next ball a full toss was duly delivered. That too was despatched at a rapid rate of knots this time to the extra cover boundary, nearly cutting Dave in half in the process. I think the words “bloody hell” might have slipped from Dave’s lips. After two unsuccessful overs which cost somewhere around 35 runs I was taken off. Later I came in as last man with Moz at the strikers end and a step and fetch it bowler on. Moz hammered it straight back to the bowler who standing by the stumps was able to field the return and run me out without facing a ball. We lost by around 35 runs and the bowler... the very same batsman who had been peppering the sheep earlier. 1997 was the first year I regularly played 3rd team cricket and it was also the year we won the SC Reakes U18 trophy for the first time. I think every game we played the opposition were confident of turning us over given that they had one or two ‘superstar’ first team players who would win them the game on their own. Fortunately, it never quite worked out that way. It occurs to me that of that XI I am the only one left playing at Bury; I would think the majority are not playing any cricket at all. The following year I remember starting the season with 4,5 and then 6 wickets. I probably should have given up then. And that is the point, I didn’t I stuck at it; despite not being very good. I have had 22 years of moderate disappointment interspersed with the occasional triumph (the JC Worthington Semi Final 2004 v Monton springs to mind. We chased 240 in 40 overs at Bury. Seriously good cricket was played that day; or more recently when the 2nd XI chasing 250 odd at Glossop) but I’ve had a bloody good laugh at the same time. Looking back at that first 2nd XI dressing room containing the likes of Mike Bailey, Dave Burdis, Mick Hilton, Alan Breckin and Andy Mather it is a wonder I got out alive but I learned valuable life lessons and made lifelong friends. I have been lucky so far; the teams I have played in at Bury have been populated overwhelmingly with good people, who tried to play the game the right way and instil the correct values in the lads coming through. Admittedly, there have been a couple who would have tested the patience of saint (no names no pack drill) and who quite frankly I could have cheerfully throttled. But again that is the point; cricket teaches you tolerance and allows you to greet that professional halfwit, that lurks in every dressing room I’ve ever been in, with a handshake and a smile, safe in the certain knowledge that he will spend the next seven hours driving you up the wall. The other important thing that the members of that first dressing room taught me was that you always stayed for a drink with your opposition. At the time I had no choice as I was reliant on a lift home. It was in the bar that you learnt about the game; I have found most teammates and (opposition members for that matter) generous with their experience. You also discovered that for the most part umpires were human, did have a sense of humour and genuinely loved the game, could see 22 yards and definitely heard every insult. It was also apparent that the opposition were usually full of decent blokes which was not always obvious a couple of hours earlier. Sadly, this has slipped from the game and I think it is the poorer for it. Before I slip into “it was better in my day” mode I will draw to a close. Who knows when we will get back to playing cricket, but judging by how the weather god’s have been laughing at us recently, I expect the first game will be a washout. Until then stay safe and one final plea; can we change the dressing room music to a) something with words I can actually understand and b) a bassline that doesn’t turn my internal organs to mush. There, I admit it, I’ve got old.
As we reach the weekend which should have seen the start of the 2020 league season, Paul Morris takes the time to look back at how he got into cricket and some memorable moments... This title might not sound anywhere near as catchy as Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69, but at least mine is more up to date. So, when I was asked if I would write something for the website in relation to something cricket-related, I immediately said yes but had no idea what I was going to compose or waffle on about. I don’t really have any specific recollections about games I’ve played in or something of that ilk, that I feel everyone might have an interest in. I could discuss coaching plans or ideas but there are already a plethora of them online and in that most old-fashioned piece of reference material, the book. So I was struggling. So over Easter, I found myself watching the Headingley Ashes Test again from last year, specifically that fourth day when Stokes got us over the line in that most dramatic of finales, (and yes Nathan Lyon, we are all still laughing now). What it did remind me of was what got me ‘into’ cricket in the first place which was, with curious symmetry, watching Beefy spank the Aussies all around the same ground in 1981 before big Bob Willis added the coup de grace with his 8-43. Back then I was just out of school waiting to go to college in the midst of the summer holidays and I can recall going into the back garden and hearing the radios on TMS as people tried to enjoy the sun, but stay in touch with the cricket. This series is what got me interested. What no one told me and was especially true of lots of cricket in the 80s and 90s was the Ashes of 1981 was an exception. Usually cricket was a sport where you could casually fall asleep in a deck chair and wake up a couple of hours later to find you had missed very little. That you lived most of the days from April to September watching the forecast for the forthcoming weekend to see if it was going to be necessary to wear 2 sweaters or 5. That you needed to ensure you had a kagoule as much as you might need a sun hat. Then I discovered alcohol and it all fell into place. Somehow, I stuck with it and even took a coaching badge aged 19 from the National Cricket Association which involved coaching kids aged 10-12 in a school on a Saturday morning where no one had turned o; the bell to signal the end of each lesson. This was not ideal for some callow youth who was just trying to ascertain the maximum levels of bitter that someone could drink on a Friday night and still be able to a) hold onto their breakfast and b) turn up on time to play at 12.30. I recall playing for the third team and for away games we had a lift in Dave Hindley’s van. This was another challenge as it was of the transit variety in which there were six chairs of various, dubious quality in the back, none of them fixed to the floor sort of like those emergency ones you get out at Christmas. This meant that any right or left turn you could come in very close proximity to the other two players either side and if we needed an abrupt stop, we could almost all join him on the front seat. I tend to recall incidents rather than any performances (maybe because there weren’t any) so please indulge me while I can recall a few. I remember going into the old changing rooms to get ready to pad up to find John Hill trying to slip into a pair of tights to go under his whites to help stave off the April cold. No base layers available back then, base layer was what your Dad applied to the garden shed and looked nothing like 30 denier American Tan. This sight scarred me from an early age and the rest of the game was a blur. I can recall Ross Manning in another game going to get sawdust from the scorebox and staggering back to the square with a bag over his shoulder like a Friday night drunk under the weight. Needless to say it was not sawdust, but sand which did not have quite the same absorptive qualities as we required and off he staggered again. One game Andrew Jones at backward point dived in to try to take the catch and nearly essayed a run out by heading the ball back to the keeper, not unlike the goal Van Persie scored for Holland in the World Cup that time. My favourite was when we managed to dismiss the opposition batsman in a game that was going right down to the wire and gathered in a group to celebrate to be met by Idris, who had run up from fine leg and grabbed both off and leg stumps out of the ground and was swinging them around like a some sort of demented wind farm in his excitement. This was until we pointed out that he needed to put them back as they were 9 down and the next batsman might need them. I am sure there were lots of other incidents over the years but these were the ones that stick in my mind and I apologise if these are before anyone’s time, but I’m sure you would agree it’s the characters that add the dapples of colour to the game. I suppose the point is that summer has always meant cricket, the two went hand-in-hand. The chance of being burnt to a crisp, wind-lashed and going home with trench-foot all in the same day has just been a little inconvenience. The hope of being bleached in the sun at an arm’s length from a cold beer was all the motivation I needed to keep me coming down and this year will feel so strange under current circumstances. Especially when we consider that this should be a season of celebration for everyone at Bury Cricket Club in our 175th year of existence. I still fondly recall the 150th year’s celebration and still have the sweater to prove it; I think I even got runs in one game. But things this year beyond our control have conspired against us and we have to get our cricket fix from past re-runs on Sky Sports or a dip of the mental toe into nostalgia. There is still hope that we can all get out and see or play some part in the summer sport we all love, but it won’t be that same as the year planned or maybe what we had hoped for or expected. So for now we all stay in touch and relish the time when we get to return to what we once had and maybe, took for granted. One thing is for sure, when the shackles do come off, the celebrations will be something. Meanwhile, the ground is looking in great shape:
With the start of season delayed by the Coronavirus Pandemic, club President Mike Brawn looks back to his early playing days... As we are still awaiting news as to when our 2020 season will start, my thoughts go back to my first ever game for Bury in the Manchester Association. In those days indoor winter nets were not common and due to a rainy wet spring outdoor practise and my chance to impress had been limited. In previous summers I had played for the 3rds in the North Manchester League or in Friendlies played on the top pitch at the Club. This was on a wicket which would now be located between the Rugby pitches, but in those days we had a full time paid groundsman who prepared everything. I now hoped for promotion at the start of the new season, third Saturday in April, into the Senior Sides. Selection then was on Monday nights and unless you came down to the Club to view the teamsheets you had to wait for Friday's Bury Times in the " Are you Selected " page to see which team you were in. There it was... Bury 2nd v Macclesfield ( away) M.K.Brawn. Meet The Royal 12:15. The Royal was a pub on Silver Street, used ( the Rugby Teams used The Two Tubs) as a meeting point for pre match drinks in days before the breathalyser and even formal league tables. The Royal no longer exists but seem to remember the building got revamped into a Lap Dance Club where I and others from Bury CC, were met inside by a young lady wearing just a piece of string. Anyway, back to cricket, and not wishing to be late, I arrived outside the Royal at 11:45. No one insight. After 20 mins of waiting a Club member I recognised turned up and greeted me by questioning " Are you playing ?? " and without hearing my reply disappeared into the Pub. After another 20 mins a bunch of cricketers emerged from inside, piled into cars, and we set off. In those days the Association was a very strong league and contained many of the top Cheshire teams such a Bramhall, Warrington and Grappenhall. Macclesfield away would be tough but we had in our ranks Bert Butterworth, the Clubs leading ever wicket taker, who had decided play in the 2nds after 20 years in the Firsts. In those days the game was a " Time Match " of 5 hours cricket with tea between, at the declaration which came whenever it suited the batting side, or unless they got bowled out. The rule of 20 overs last hour was not in force, as limited overs games were still years away. I don't remember much about the match itself except didn't bowl, but did catch two, fielding at point off Bert, as we skittled Macclesfield out for 100. Captain Basil Brown said that to win we only needed to score 10 runs each. Someone must have scored more than their share as I didn't bat either, but pleased we won. I did bat in the following matches, against Brooklands and South West Manchester and managed to score enough to be promoted to the Firsts to play against Wigan. My debut game for Bury was in 1957 due to an emergency. The 3rds, playing a Saturday friendly against Worsley on the top pitch and only had 7 men. My father, who was Captain, told me to get my kit on, (note: Scorers must always bring their kit) as he knew I could a least plug a gap in the field. My recent game was only last year, again in an emergency, for the 2nds as wicket keeper. Who knows what for 2020 or will it be 2021? This Saturday should be our Start of Season match. If anyone is interested I could write a note (simply to maintain some communication between us) on changes at the Club and of the game itself since my first ever game. MKB
Due to the current COVID 19 Virus and recent sports authorities’ decisions to suspend all competitions the Central Management Committee has taken the difficult decision to close the club whilst the pandemic ensues. This is to protect the staff who work here and the members from the virus. There will be updates on all section’s websites and the club’s own website. There will be no access to any part of the club during this period until further notice. Central Management Committee 20/03/2020
To add to the postponements announced yesterday, we can now announce that the Annual Golf Day, scheduled for Friday 1st May, has now been postponed and has been rearranged for Friday 25th September. Every team that has entered the golf day should recieve communication regarding this. Also, our Annual Walk held on Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May will also be postponed. This afternoon, the Greater Manchester Cricket League released a statement with an update on the latest stance. You can read this by clicking here . Summary of the key points: - The GMCL season will not commence as originally planned on 18th April - "We are unlikely to restart before the end of May 2020" - Junior season will also be delayed - When, or if, the season gets underway, there will be 'an alternative meaningful competition' for clubs who can and wish to play what is left of the season, with no penalty for any clubs not wishing to enter - As a result, the 2021 season will begin with same divisional placings as where planned for 2020
Following the latest government advice, the decision has been made to cancel all senior and junior training until further notice. Additionally, NatWest CricketForce Day, scheduled for Sunday 5th April, has also been postponed. The club urges everyone to follow the latest government advice to protect themselves and those around them, which can be found by clicking here. For the latest news from the GMCL on the virus, you can visit the GMCL newspage here.
This year, our NatWest CricketForce and signing on day will be held on Sunday 5th April from 9:30am. Everyone is asked to spare some time (even if just an hour) to get the ground ready for the start of the season - so get the date down in your diary! As always, this is also an opportunity to pay your membership fees in person in the clubhouse. As part of our 175th anniversary celebrations, we are also encouraging all players and supporters to attend the evening event following our Golf Day on Friday 1st May, which will include a 2 course meal, an excellent comedian, wine tasting and quiz. More information on this will be announced soon, but it is another date to get in the diary.
Bury CC are pleased to announce we are one of the only clubs in the area that will also be offering the new for 2020 ECB programme 'Dynamos Cricket'. Dynamos Cricket provides a fantastic next step for all those graduating from All Stars Cricket and the perfect introduction for all 8-11 year-olds new to the sport! Complementing junior cricket, Dynamos provides children with a more social offer focused on developing fundamental movement skills and applying them in an exciting game of countdown cricket. Registration is now open for our first summer of Dynamos. To find out more information or to book your child's place, then visit our Dynamo's Page . Registration for All Stars Cricket, which we will continue to offer for girls and boys aged 5-8, is also open. All Stars Cricket provides a fantastic first experience for all children aged 5-8 years old where they’re guaranteed 8 weeks of jam-packed fun, activity and skills development. The programme is designed to introduce children to the sport, teaching them new skills, helping them make new friends and have a great time doing so. Every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies. Your child’s pack will include backpack, cricket bat, ball, cap and personalised shirt with your child's name. All children returning to All Stars again will recieve a new bat, personalised t-shirt and a set of stumps. To book your All Stars place or for more information, then visit our All Stars webpage .
Our partners at Icon Sports have set a deadline of Wednesday 26th February to order new kit for guarenteed delivery before the start of the season. Any kit ordered after this time is likely to not be delivered to the club until May. To order your playing shirt, whites, training kit, cap, or bobble hat then visit our club shop by clicking here
We are now a few weeks into winter training, and here are the details of the various sessions taking place throughout the week: Senior Training, for all senior players and juniors wishing to play senior cricket this season, takes place every Thursday at Bury Grammar from 8pm – 9:30pm. Junior training takes place on Wednesday evenings at Bury Grammar: 7-8pm : Beginners, U9s and U11s 8-9pm : U13s and U15s New players are welcome at all sessions.
Registration for the 2020 season to Bury CC is now open. Please enter your details as soon as possible, payment of membership fees is not yet essential and this can be done nearer the season or on Cricketforce day (April 5th 2020). You can complete the registration form via the google form by clicking here
Following the 1st round draw of the Derek Kay Cup, we can now add another date to our fixture calendar for 2020. Our 1st XI have been drawn at home to Premier League side Clifton, with the tie to be played on Sunday 17th May. Clifton have been an ever-present Premier League side in the GMCL, and this will be our first meeting with their 1st team since our last meeting in the Premier League in 2017. The 2nd XI draw also took place, and we will visit Unsworth 2nd XI on Sunday 24th May. The 3rd XI will begin the defence of their Sunday Premier Cup title with a home tie with Stand on Sunday 31st May.
On Monday 27th January at our Annual General Meeting, the following were elected as captains for the 2020 season in the GMCL: 1st team captain : Gary Garner 2nd team captain : Jordan Smith The following were all re-elected in their roles: Chairman: Mark Smith Treasurer/Secretary: Alan Breckin President: Mike Brawn General Committee: Wayne Belston Paul Belston Dave Bowen Matthew Metcalfe Jules Spencer Jordan Smith James Weston Following a general committee meeting on Monday 2nd March, James Weston was appointed 3rd team captain.
On Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th December, VolunteerItYourself (VIY) returned to Bury CC, this time with a group of Bury College students, to extend the fencing on the Radcliffe Road end of the ground, started in November by VIY and Lancashire Women. The fencing on that side of the ground has now been complete upto the old scoreboard, and portable panels were assembled so that these can be placed free standing elsewhere around the ground. Our thanks once again go to Imran and Sajid from VIY, Wickes for supplying the materials, and to Mark Forden and the students from Bury College for their hard work on this project. Photo credit : @VIYproject
As Christmas approaches and 2020 beckons, on behalf of the club I would like to thank all committee members, supporters, players, volunteers and our family members for all their efforts in 2019. Our 175th anniversary is only just over a week away so let's enjoy that thought and the year ahead. Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place at the club on Monday 27th January at 19:30, all members are encouraged to attend. Mark Smith
The 2020 Greater Manchester Cricket League fixtures for our 1st, 2nd, 3rd and T20 XIs are now available to view here . You can also view all of our fixtures all in one place on the senior page . The 1st XI start the season at home to familiar opponents Edgworth on Saturday 18th April. The season ends on Saturday 12th September at home to local rivals Walshaw. The 2nd XI have been placed in a regionalised Div 2A, which also includes the 1st XIs of East Lancs Paper Mill, Tottington St Johns, Radcliffe, Worsley, Deane & Derby, Hindley St Peters and Irlam. We start the season away at Roe Green 2nd XI and will finish at Clifton 2nd XI. The 3rd XI will once again play in the Sunday Premier Division which has been reduced to 9 teams, with South West Manchester 3rd XI joining 7 opponents from the 2019 season. We start on 19th April away to Greenmount 3rd XI and finish on 6th September at home to Greenfield 3rd XI. In the T20 competition, we have been placed in a group with defending champions Prestwich Heat along with Heywood Monkeys and Whitefield Eagles (Stand). We will play each team home and away in May-June with the winner of the group advancing to the Quarter Finals. Bring on the Summer!
Bury Cricket Club are delighted to announce that Madawa Warnapura will be the club professional for the 2020 season. The 31 year old Sri Lankan is an all rounder, batting in the top order and bowls right arm off spin. Madawa currently plays first class cricket in Sri Lanka for Colombo CC and comes from a cricketing family - his father Bandula Warnapura captained Sri Lanka in their first ever test match against England in 1982. He has scored just shy of 5000 first class runs at an average of 36 including 10 centuries and 29 fifties, and has opened the batting for Sri Lanka A on a tour of England in 2016. This will be Madawa's second stint in the UK having represented Dalton CC (North Lancashire and Cumbria Premier League) in 2017 where he scored 710 runs and took 50 wickets. We look forward to welcoming Madawa to Bury CC in April.
On the weekend of 23rd-24th November, Bury Cricket Club welcomed a team of 14 volunteers from the Lancashire Women set up as part of a Sport England and VIY (VolunteerItYourself) Project in which over 30 metres of new fence was built around the boundary and 100 metres of existing fencing was renovated. Other smaller tasks involved tidying the planters in front of the pavillion and strimming the grass. Bury Cricket Club would like to express its huge thank you to all involved including VIY, Wickes and Jen Barden and all of her girls who gave up their weekend to carry out this work and complete the project. Photo Credits: Jen Barden, VolunteerItYourself, Lancashire Women
Wyreshark are live at Bury Sports Club on Saturday 12th December, doors open 7.30, £2.00 admission a great nights live music.
On Fri 4th Oct Bury Cricket Club will be holding its Annual End of Season Awards Dinner at Bury Sports Club Main Room. Tickets are priced £30 & are available from Paul Belston on 07552218675 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . The evening will include an impressive 4 course meal & Guest Speaker John Morris former English Cricketer who played for England in 3 Tests & 8 ODI's - he also played 1st class Cricket for Derbyshire/Durham & Notts - John has a good reputation on the After Dinner Circuit . This Dinner needs your attendance to be a success. Thanks all . Bury CC Committee .
Premier Sunday Cup Final sponsored by Tetleys Chris Potts of Bury lifts the Premier Sunday Cup Bury v Roe Green Bury 141-8 Roe Green 71 all out Bury batted first and started reaching 61-2 off 18 with Nathan Ramsay being the main stay of the batting, eventually being out on 37 before a collapse saw Roe Green fight back and Bury were 65-6 two overs later. Lee Halliwell brought stability to the lower order finishing on 36 and with help from Lleyton Belston and Harry Barnett Bury reached 141-8, Steve Errington from Roe Green finished with an excellent 4 for 15. The match was evenly poised going into the 2nd Innings in the sweltering heat and the Roe Green openers Colin Dermody and Liam Needham quickly reached 50 without loss before Burys young spin duo of Harry Barnett and Lleyton Belston completely changed the match with an excellent display of slow bowling, both taking 5 wickets and 21 runs later Roe Green were all out and Bury were 70 run winners. The joint Men of the Match winners were Harry Barnett and Lleyton Belston who both took 5 wickets
On Friday 23rd August with a 5.30 start Bury Cricket Club are pleased to host the Final of the Vitality Under 19's Club T20 between Rochdale Cricket Club and Longridge Cricket Club. There will be a BBQ, music,and the bar will be open, we will be having an excellent raffle on the night for two Ashes ticket for the Saturday of the Old Trafford Test Match, along with other great prizes.
In a low scoring delayed start game Bury batted first and scored 116-9 in a 36 over game. We Recovered from 13 for 4 with Dom Morris finishing unbeaten on 35 ably assisted with 26 from Alex Breckin and 20 from Sam Holt. In reply Greenmount were all out for 49. Milton Shumba took 4 for 14 and Alex Breckin 5 for 16 with Sam Massey taking the final wicket. Match Highlights below
A heatwave extravaganza awaited tourists and supporters for their final game at the picturesque ground of Colwyn Bay , what they hadn't bargained for was Bury's own version of slap stick comedy , produced at a pivotal point in the game and late in the day . With Sam Holt making his tour debut as skipper for the day the scene was set we were invited to bat as usual in case the stragglers were still feasting on Galloways fish and chips. With various team members rested it was up to the tried and tested opening partnership of Joe and Vik , Joe didn't disappoint and fell victim to one " that would of got a test batsman out " or so stand in umpire wiggy claimed , onlookers seemed to favour unofficial scores @bury version and Joe was left to study further, London's underground tube map on his way home. Vik and Milton did what they've done all tour and rebuilding job was in order getting good value for anything they could get wide of the fielder as it raced to the boundary and it was quickly apparent a score of 200 plus may be needed. Milton raced to double figures and then met the strange same fate he has found himself in on more than one occasion on a Saturday, looking round to find his stumps needed rearranging. In strode Ben and carried on where he left off last night and determined not to have to worry about playing at home for another week or two and was in full holiday mood ,enjoying what was a very good wicket to score runs on . Vik was now in full flow and thinking he was back home where the ball bounced and helped himself to another 50 plus , Ben followed suit to a well crafted half century before he fell to a Josh Bowen full flighted lookalike ball. Skipper Sam H got into the action straight away piling on the pressure Vik fell late on but not before he had constructed a well deserved 80 for the score book . 232 was the eventual target. A form of reverse batting order from the hosts had them in all sorts of trouble and pottys managed to help himself to a hat trick and sent the hierarchy searching the archives. At 58/4 skipper Holt must have been dreaming of his first win under his stewardship. In between Johansen was accumulating runs and played what was in the end a sublime innings . 8 an over at the 150/4 stage was still on and the game toed and froed, Milton snared another u12 to get the hosts 5 down , but this only seemed to spur Johansen on further with the best part of 40 needed of 3 and a bit Bury must have thought " nothing silly now" . With the punch and judy show having been aired earlier on the prom at 2pm surely nothing could compare . The time was 7pm and the matinee had arrived , up stepped our very own dumb and dumber, best friends Sam Massey managed to palm over what was the easiest catch of the day - for a six !! and some two balls later Vik was left in ruins as Pottys snr went from hero to villain and he too managed somehow not be able to jump an inch and palmed it over for the same result . Game on and so it proved , Milton was entrusted with the last over and just couldn't stem the flow Johansen had every corner of the ground covered and once the bowler had showed his hand manipulating most of his field to be leg side waiting for the leg side hoik the batter the last ball was bowled and he duly punched him through extra cover for a boundary. Tied Game 232 a very good spectacle for the onlookers of both sides , a very enjoyable game and a good advert of how it should be played, hard with mutual respect . This brought to a close what was a very enjoyable stay in North Wales for all concerned long may it continue and be supported by all to make it what it is, a club tour for young and old. Special thanks to new tourists and debutants and not forgetting the in house minders / body carriers who managed to get subo home safely from three consecutive nights in wetherspoons, a feat in itself. Yours in sport Wayne
Wednesday was all scratch and shite, not sure in which order the cricket fell into . Jenny Wiggins decided to join the party for the late night wetherspoons gathering and in order to get to Wales she had to firstly encounter the scourage of the seaside the "Gulls" she was shat on from a great height and not probably for the first time , it did wonders for her blonde rinse and saved her a few quid for her usual trip to the hairdressers at weekend , not to be out done her trusted friend Nicky took one for the team this time full on in the eye and it made a change from the blue mascara . Onto the cricket, Bury were presented with what looked to be a road and that's what it turned out to be until two of our gypsy tarmac workers got into it . In between Wiggy had departed 2nd ball . Milton and Vik at the wicket and Milton's guard went from 2 legs to middle to leg to off and at least 4 good lines were drawn , not to be out done Vik decided he could get on the front foot quickly and the pitch was to be trusted, not sure how he had worked that out taking 2 guards one of which was deemed to be in the danger zone, the opposition umpire stepped in and quoted rule 18.104.22.168.5 of the ECB llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch version of " you cant do this down here son " . With things seemingly calmed down and everyone in position and everyone less on edge Vik decides to take another mark this time 15ft out of his crease and all hell breaks loose, Burys 50 yrs touring party of North Wales is in great jeopardy of being run out of town . Milton the voice of reason using his international mindset of cricket rules politely points out to the umpire " it's in the rules he can mark anywhere " at this point I'm thinking Milton's not one to be recommended for any ACAS type conciliation. Eventually things were calm enough for a re start and Vik rubbed further salt in the wound striking the ball cleanly to all parts, a well constructed innings he got to 50 in no time and was duly removed from the firing line with a retirement, in strode Ben and full of confidence and deciding to give the opposition a chance he pulled out his bag of diplomacy and cut pulled swept reverse swept drove everything in sight and in one particular party piece opened his legs to hit the ball through them to the boundary and by this time the opposition were applauding , good to watch for a tour debut and he became the 2nd retirement with the scoreboard rattling past 100 . Milton was hitting balls as cleanly as yesterday and he too rattled up a half century. One or two others came and went and 180 or near as damn it was the total the tourists had set. Mochdre's innings was nothing really to shout about and some joke bowling was trusted Dom was in amongst the wickets which gives you a flavour of the standard being set along with Smudges record of most chances / catches dropped behind the stumps , god rest his soul our beloved Dave Hindles will no longer be able to wear that badge of honour it now rests firmly in Jordan's court. Good luck for future tours. Milton added some disgusting left arm leg spin and Mochdre finished some 40 short. Note to self dont take anymore Saffas to Wales . A relatively quiet night at the end of the day and the usual 12am gun fight took place with subo and the publican discussing Lee Halliwells date of birth and the fact his mum wasnt with him . The big boys went out on the town, Lee ensured Milton was tucked in again for the second night , Freddie brought the rear up and was last in the taxi salivating at the thought he might bump into sweaty betty. Big W umpire Dave and Subo trotted off for a late night kebab. Inbetween Sam Holt the newly instated skipper for Colwyn Bay was given a mission Tom Cruise would find difficult as Mission Impossible was set, the team was named early and with Sam Massey down to bat at 6 it should give you some idea of the task in hand ,no pressure Sam we've been in bigger holes . Yours in sport Wayne .. It's only banter !!!
Once Ted Dexter and Ray Illingworth had worked out the equation that 11 take the cricket field, given there was 9 named the night before it was left to Ted to give Incredible Hulk the option to turn out for the opposition and make it 11 a side and get things moving . Some how we had mustered 12 !!! Incredible Hulk turned into Incredible Sulk and it was left to Josh to step up and as it turned out he took full advantage of his switch to Bangor and became the tormentor. Interesting opening partnership Joe took the strike and ran for one there was a two but Joe had unfortunately backed up too far and ran into the next county. Vik looking to get things going payed full respect to the ginger pony tail and chipped her, yes her , the only u16 girl in the team to extra cover and off he walked falling before his partner . Joe looked pleased .. Milton strolled to the wicket and was quickly in his stride punching anything off line to the boundary and the touring team was on it's way. Joe then did his usual and played down the Bakerloo and got one that went down Waterloo and in strolled the real Incredible Hulk to join Milton. Freddie was delighted one of Milton's pushes through the covers had got him off the mark and the scorer was flummoxed. Hulks innings came to a soft ending perhaps it was his footwork choice of black and grey Nike. When asked wheres you're spikes the reply came " at home " - fair enough in my book. Thereafter some lovely crisp hitting got Burys young pro to a well deserved half century. Milton was next to fall after a controversial overturned decision. umpire Billy Boden called no ball somehow a conference in the middle with opposition captain and selector now umpire gave it out as a legitimate delivery ..We since learned the height rules have been changed for slow bowlers and no surprise later in the day Milton got his revenge bowling the u12 out with a large celebration to get us near the winning line. A well constructed 50 from Milton was the highlight of the touring sides first half effort. Josh was determined to make his switch selection work to his advantage and after the windmill warm up had taken place some 8 overs ago he looked at Smudge ,who having declined the 4 spot took up the anchor role of 6 and with his first delivery bamboozled him with one that went straight on ,the only discrepancy being the umpire waiting for him to walk given he had maneuvered himself in front of all six stumps . Off he trotted lbw and that was Josh in the wickets again at 3rd team level.. Dom was warned 50 was required as the rest wouldn't muster 20 ..After some well timed extra cover drives off the back foot and looking on for the said 50 he duly played on and we settled for mid 30s score Adam sulk hulk didn't fare any better he decided to copy the ex ex ex junr co coordinators brush shot and was bamboozled by one that pitched and bounced and he was on his way LBW. The scoreboard was teetering around the 100 mark and Big C walked to the crease, with one or two sky bound drives he looked to be trying to take out the customary low flying supersonic jets in the landscape, as an alternative to dog walkers he managed to pick out the pro. Patrick duly obliged trying to hit Josh out of the park and picked out deep backward square leaving skipper Matt for the day stranded with what it seemed an under par 121 to win. Before that Lee continued to show he isn't the genuine alrounder and scooped a pathetic effort into short cover. Bangors innings got off to a brisk start and with Big c and Lee not being able stem the runs a breakthrough was needed . Big c showed his customary politeness and barged into the non striker like you do, not trying to stop a run but to get his customary shy at the stumps.It failed but it got the pro on strike and when he forced one seemingly into orbit Arran appeared Johnny on the spot this time and snaffled him proving his selection was well thought out. It opened one end up another loud appeal caught the umpire out and he caved into submission giving Big c his 2nd wicket .Thereafter wickets began to tumble at regular intervals Lee Vik Patrick and Milton got in on the act .121 wasn't a huge score and tight fielding was needed . Squeaky bum time and when tail end Evan's lofted Vik to the "safest pair of hands in the club Patrick" it seemed we had the upper hand , unfortunately Patrick started his slow slow quick quick slow foxtrot , throw in a side step one to the left one to the right it duly dropped straight over his head for a maximum. Bury starring down the barrel with single figures needed for a home win. Up stepped Milton to bring himself back on to bag himself the prize wicket of the no10 who was an under 12 and two balls before he managed to score his first senior run . Wild celebrations from Milton ensured this was one he will remember during his career ,altogether now "The day he went to Bangor" Vik persuaded the umpire to be as generous as the first innings umpires and he took the last wicket of Jones lbw. The touring side had got off to a winning start and no pressure for the incoming T20 captain for Mochdre. Steak night or was it date night for Freddie at wetherspoons the boys couldn't wait any longer for subo who was fine dining down the road with the bow hat and cravat brigade and they all tucked into various T bones , confusion began when Dom thought he was getting a drink only to be approached by Sweaty Betty this put him off his usual chicken a la carte type burger and went straight to 4 scoop ice cream . I'm sure at this point Freddie snuck back to the bar for a glimpse of the local talent. Lee managed to tuck Milton in bed early leaving Josh loose on the doubles . Subo managed last orders and usual service was resumed and she was escorted off the premises well after midnight, fortunately this year by Dave and not last years publican . Yours in sport Wayne it's only banter
Our Ladies Day took place on Saturday and what a magnificent event it was, the ladies had very enjoyable afternoon and evening and raised the unbelievable sum of £1000 on behalf of the club. 3 great wins followed for our senior teams over the weekend, the 1sts beat Dukinfield with Milton scoring an unbeaten 50 and Wicardo taking 3 for 11 off 7 overs, our seconds beat Micklehurst 1sts with a ball to spare with an unbeaten 58 from Gary Garner. Our thirds were in the quarter final of the cup at Clifton and a score of 237 proved too much for the oppostition and a maiden century from Nathan Ramsay was the highlight of the afternoon. In the morning our under 19's beat a very good Didsbury team with Nathan Ramsay scoring a 50 and retiring and it meant that we finished top of their group in the Lancashire Club Under 19's T20 Vitality Blast competition. Match Highlights from Bury CC v Dukinfield
The 1sts had a 9 wicket win against Droylsden on Saturday. Droyslden were bowled out for 109 with Alex Breckin taking 4 wickets for 23 with the last 6 wickets falling for 4 runs. Jon Wiggans top scored in the reply with 60 not out. Our second team gained a superb victory over Werneth 1sts, chasing 233 we scored the winning runs with two overs remaining for 6 wickets down. Gary Garner top scored with 77 not out. All the wickets Gary Garners innings
Starting on 12th August until the 16th August we will be hosting a junior player performance camp, hosted by one of our junior coaches, Maddy, please see the attached with all the details.
In an hard fought game of cricket our 3rd XI secured a close victory over Stretford.
Our 3rd XI secured their place in the last 16 of the Sunday Premier Cup with an excellent win over Winton. In the next round they will face Stretford on Sunday 23rd June. To watch match highlights click here
Over the next ten days Bury Cricket Club will be involved in games at 1st team, 2nd team, 3rd team, 4th team, senior T20, Under 15's, Under 13's, Under 11's, Under 9's, as well as Lancashire Girls Under 15's and Bury District Under 13's matches. A busy period for all concerned. Click on the Calendar below to review.
THIS THURSDAY 6TH JUNEOn Thursday evening at 8.00pm Opening Up Cricket will be in attendance in the club house and all senior members are invited to attend to hear a representative from Opening Up Cricket discuss and promote mental wellbeing through cricket.This is an event that will benefit all, your attendance would be appreciated.
Our 1st XI secured an excellent win at our local rivals Greenmount on Saturday.For match highlights click below
The sports club is looking at partnering with Northern Laser Therapy.They offer an effective pain management and injury rehabilitation service for people suffering with a wide range of injuries and ailments.They are coming to speak to all interested members about our services on Wednesday 5th June at 7.30pm.Our highly effective treatment is non-invasive, drug and pain-free and has no side effects. It simply uses infrared light to enhance the body’s healing responses, reducing pain and speeding up tissue repair. More information can be found at our website, www.northernlasertherapy.com.95% of patients experience a significant improvement in pain and mobility after treatment and currently, the average patient experiences pain reduction of more than 50% following the first course of 6 treatments, increasing with further treatment.Subject to demand, they will be offering treatments at Bury Sports Club from June onwards at a highly competitive price to members and their family and friends. Please take the chance to come to the presentation to find out more.
Bank Holiday Monday (27-05-2019) saw the (4th ?) annual Bury CC walk designed and led by club president, legend and bon-viveur Mike Brawn.Mike must be applauded for using his great powers to prevent the rain from falling as thirty people along with a few of our canine friends covered 10.87km with 80m of ascent (6.75 miles and 262 feet for Brexiteers) and raised over £200 (226 Euros for Remainers) for club funds.We would like to thank Mike, as ever, for his efforts in organising the event and also to the backroom staff, Dave Leach for manning the support car and Susan Smith for ensuring that everyone was well fed back at the club.
Arshad Razas 8 for 71 against Micklehurst this weekend
A great three days of cricket awaits us for the bank holiday weekend.On Saturday at 1.00 our 2nd team are at home to Micklehurst 1sts, with our 1sts travelling to Dukinfield with wickets pitched at 1.00.On Sunday at 1.00 our firsts host Prestwich in the Derek Kay Cup.On Monday our third team travel to Westhoughton CC for a 2.00 start.A very big thank you to Vanstone Solicitors our 2nd team match ball sponsors for Saturdays match and to Bedfords of Blackburn our cup sponsors on Sunday.In addition on Sunday morning our Under 13's are at home to Middleton with a 9.15 start and on Monday at 6.00 our under 9's travel to Unsworth CC for two matches against Swinton Moorside and Unsworth.
On Saturday our 1st XI are at home to Droylsden Cricket Club with a 12.30 start, our thanks go to our Matchball sponsor ATL Packaging.Our 2nd team travel to Werneth Cricket Club to play their first team.On Sunday our third team host Stretford with a 1.30 start
On Bank Holiday Monday 27th May we will be holding our annual fundraising walk.The walk will start at 11.00, full route maps will be provided, there will be water breaks at scheduled points, afterwards there will be hot food and drinks afterwards. £7 adult, £4 for juniors and £15 for a family of two adults and one junior.Bury District 15's will be playing in the afternoon followed by our under 9's at 6.00pm
On Saturday 20th July we are pleased to host our annual Ladies Day Prosecco Afternoon Tea.
Here’s first social event of the year to be held down at the club. Saturday 20th April. Get the family down for a good night out loads of easter eggs to win and the opportunity to meet our overseas player, Wikardo and Milton.If you feel you could donate any easter eggs or other raffle prizes it would be appreciated.
NatWest CricketForce Day is this Sunday 7th April with a 9.30 start. This will be combined with our registration day.We need to prepare the ground for the season, this includes te boundary tidy up, sightscreens, covers, out door nets, boundary wall painting, litter picking, pavilion deep clean. We need as many of you as possible, seniors, juniors and volunterers.
We will be playing another one of our Lancashire League neighbours Ramsbottom Cricket Club in a 40 over freindly on Saturday 13th April with a 1.00 start.
Your club membership is now due.Senior membership remains at £65 for the year and must be paid before the 31st May. After this date it will increase by £10 to £75.Junior membership remains at £60 for the year and must be paid before 31st May. After this date it will increase by £10 to £70.For information on our All Stars please click herePlease fill in the Bury CC Membership form and then pick one of the following payment options.There are three ways to pay.Pay direct from your bank, our account details are account number 90061654 and sort code 201071, please put the members name in the reference box. Pay online with debit/credit card by clicking herePay cash at the counter All junior membership rates are inclusive of junior match fees and outdoor coaching. We also have a range of non playing memberships.If you need assistance on any membership or payment issues please contact Alan Breckin, our secretary by e-mail click here or go to our membership page.
On Sunday 14th April we will playing a first team friendly at Lancashire League Rawtenstall Cricket Club, wickets pitched at 1.00.
Our tour of Wales is now arranged, for 2019 we will be playing Bangor, Mochdre and Colwyn Bay.The tour starts on Tuesday 23rd July at Bangor, on the evening of the 24th July we play Mochdre in a T20 and finish at Colwyn Bay CC on Thursday 25th July.We will be based in Llandudno once more, if you require any information on the tour please speak to Wayne.
We are pleased to announce that we are to host this years Lancashire Club Under 19's T20 final on Friday 23rd August.After the successful final last year between Fleetwood Flyers and the Kings XI Clitheroe we are sure it will be event not to be missed.
The GMCLUA will be running a course aimed specifically at club umpires on Thursday 21st March at 7.30pm at Bury CC.The course will last approximately two hours and cover An Introduction to Umpiring.There will be a nominal fee of £5 payable on the night.Places will be limited to 16 attendees and can be booked by contacting umpires@GtrMcrcricket.co.uk.In the event of over subscription, a further event may be held in April or early May.Kind regards,David Chaloner,GMCLUA
Our senior fixtures can be found on the home page of our website.If you would like to have these on your mobile telephone please follow these instructions:All fixtures that Bury Cricket Club will be playing this year can be adding to your mobile phone calendar, Junior fixtures will be added as and when we receive them and the calendar will be updated regularly. Apple phone users just click here and follow the instructions.Android phone users please use the following instructions.Download and Install ICalSync from the Google Play StoreRun ICalSync app on android phone and it would give you an option to go to "Go to Sync Accounts"Click on "Add account" . Select ICalSync.Enter Name and other details. In "choose URL" enter the following https://tinyurl.com/BuryCCandroidSet synchronize time to 15 Min and save it.You will start seeing all your appointments directly in your mobile's native calendar.
returns to Bury Cricket Club for 2019. It provides boys and girls from 5-8 years old with 8 weeks of non-stop fun. The activity and game based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing your child with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment. For more information click here
At our Annual General Meeting on Monday 4th February it was decided that the Captains for the 2019 season would be as follows:1st Team Captain: Jon Wiggans2nd Team Captain: Gary Garner3rd Team Captain: To be announced later
Hi all,as previous supporters of Bury Cricket Club Golf Day, we wanted to give you an early heads up about this year's event.Bury CC Golf Day 2019 will take place on Friday May 10th at Pike Fold Golf Club, Unsworth, Bury. The format will be the same as last year with breakfast and hot drinks on arrival followed by a shotgun start at 1.30pm. In the evening there will be a meal and all prizes will be awarded. There will also be a raffle and a short quiz.The cost, for a 4 man team, remains the same at £200.At this stage please could you please let me know via email (email@example.com) if you will be attending and we will send out a formal entry form in due courseWe were fully booked last year with 22 teams so we would like to offer you a place before promoting the event more widely.Thank you for your continued & vital support.Bury CC Golf Day Organising Committee
Everyone at Bury CC is deeply saddened to hear of the news of the passing of our ex-first team wicket keeper, . Pete had been battling illness for some time and this fight sadly ended on his 60th birthday.Pete was recognised as one of the best amateur keepers on the circuit and captained the club for a year on two occasions. He followed in the footsteps of another Bury CC great keeper, Frank Oldroyd. There are many bowlers who owe Pete a debt of gratitude for the catches and stumpings he took off their bowling.After leaving Bury had a spell playing at Totty St Johns before moving down South to play for Shenley CC. On his trips back up North he would always pop in to the club to see old friends and colleagues and share a beer or two. Despite his health problems he maintained a cheerful disposition and was always good company. Our thoughts go out to his family, particularly his son James, who progressed through the junior ranks at BCC.RIP PeteAlan Breckin (Bury CC)
It's always difficult to summarise a player so soon after they have left us. I think you can reflect on a player with rose tinted glasses and get misty eyed about ambient summers past, but Pete Allen was simply the best amateur wicket keeper I ever played with and in the top two I'd either played with, or against.When I first came to Bury CC almost 35 years ago, he was the first person to welcome me at winter nets, but it wasn't until the summer that I realised the standards he set. In the modern age, he was an old fashioned glove man. He just did his job behind the sticks with the minimum of fuss and like all talented players, made the hard stuff look routine.His batting was no great shakes but he held his place on the purity of his glove work. If there was any discussion about someone else who might keep and score more runs, the bowlers would chip in with the value of that low one-handed catch or a leg side stumping that was worth more than a tidy 20 with the bat. It was always a seismic shock when a chance slipped from his grasp and his work up to the stumps off the quicks caught out many an opening bat taking liberties with their footwork at the crease.As most keepers, he was the constant voice to drive the team and could pass comment with the best of them, but this was not abuse just a sly poke or dig at a failing in someone's technique or a caustic remark, just to keep the batsmen on their toes. The difference was it was never personal and he still could say 'good shot' to the batter if he unfurled something that was easy on the eye and maintained that ethos of the game. I can recall that he always made a point of having a beer with the opposition after the game, something that appears to have drifted from the game, but opposition became friends rather than someone you just played against twice a year.His passing the day of his 60th birthday leaves a void that will be as hard to fill as his gloves were when he decided his knees had enough and he needed to try somewhere else. As all good wicketkeepers, he was the heartbeat of the fielding side and now that heart is finally still he can sit back and watch from above, when the sun is always warm on your back and the beer is always cold.RIP Pete AllenPaul Morris (Bury CC)
On Monday 4th February at 7.45pm we will be holding our at Bury Cricket Club.All members are requested to join us to make decisions that will impact on the 2019 season.To determine the roles and positions of the general and selection committee, President, Chairman,and Captains votes will be taken on the night, to nominate an individual in a role please click here and fill in the form.Mark SmithChairman
Senior Nets start on 31st January at Bury Gramnar School Sports Centre, 8-9.30pm.All players, old and new welcome. New coach Martin Kay will be in attendance.For more information please contact us
Junior nets start at Bury Grammar Sports Hall on Wednesday 16th January.7pm - 8pm for beginners, U9s and U11s.8pm - 9pm for U13s and U15s.All players, old and new welcomeFor more information please contact us
A very to all our players, members, supporters, sponsors and volunteers, we hope everyone has a fantastic 2019.
We are pleased to announce our head coach for 2019, Martin Kay.A brief resume of Martins career follows: Martin comes with a wealth of experience, he is a Level 3 coach having taken the course with Andy Flower, Simon Brown and Geoff Arnold.He has delivered on a number of Level 1 Coaching Awards for the old Lancashire Cricket Board. He coached Lancashire women and girls for 6 years. He assisted in the relaunch of the section and saw success at both junior and senior levels. A former inter city coach reaching the final at Arundel Castle, He also coached at Woodbank CC as Head Coach and on many in school projects all over Lancashire.He is currently coaching on the Greater Manchester Cricket League Academy.Martin has asked me to pass on these words:I am looking forward to working with a talented group of players and support staff to maximise potential and ultimately fight for a place back in the Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division.Martin will be assisted by Sam Holt who will head up our Junior Coaching.
The GMCL has now published the Saturday fixtures for the 2019 season.To view the fixtures please click here
We have now returned from our tour of Sri Lanka, a big thank you to all those who made the trip a reality. To read all about click on the link below.Sri Lanka The Tour
On Friday 28th September at the Lancashire Cricket end of season awards dinner Bury Cricket Club became one of the four regional clubs of the year in Lancashire for 2018. To be considered for an award as prestigous as this is another step in the continuing process of improving the club in all areas.On behalf of the club I would like to thank all our volunteers for their efforts this year.
The Junior presentation night is a week after the senior dinner on Friday 12th October in the main sports club, starting at 7.15pm. Hope to see lots of juniors and their families down, and also the senior players to support the future of the club.
On Friday 5th October we will be hosting our Annual Dinner and Awards Night, the legendary Idiot Cap and the Duck Cup will reappear, in the main building at Bury Sports Club.Our favourite caterers are back with us, we are guaranteed a sumptous meal which will no doubt have a delightful jus, a vegetarian option will also be available, and when you add that to a fantastic speaker in Australian Cricketer Peter Bowler, a former wicketkeeper batsman who finished his career scoring over 19,000 runs. Making his first-class debut in 1986, Bowler played for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Somerset and Tasmania, retiring in 2004 I am sure we are guaranteed a great night.Book your place now at the bar in the pavilion or with either Mike Brawn or Paul Belston. Tickets are £25 and your partners are very welcome.In addition we will be holding a very special raffle for a Bury Cricket Club Shirt signed by Andrew Flintoff. For those that are not able to attend the evening tickets will be available from now to the dinner at £5 per ticket.
The GMCL under 18s Cup Final will take place at 5pm on Wednesday 5th September at Greenmount Cricket Club.The hosts, who beat Prestwich in their semi-final, take on Bury CC who beat Austerlands.Please get along there if you can, a great game is in prospect !
On Friday we hosted the Vitality T20 Club Final between the Fleetwood Flyers and Kings XI Clitheroe.After the many concerns that the weather had brought throughout the day the game started with an excellent crowd in attendance with Kings XI Clitheore scoring 122 for 5 in their 20 overs. The Flyers chased the target in 17.1 overs.Our congratulations go to both teams on an excellent game of cricket played in right spirit.
On Friday 24th August we are pleased to host the between Fleetwood Flyers and Kings XI Clitheroe, wickets pitched at 5.30.BBQ, Music and drink whilst watching the cream of Under 19's, free admission.All are very welcome.FRIDAYS MATCH PROGRAMMEThe Route to the FinalQuarter Final08/08/18Semi Final10/08/18Final24/08/18Fleetwood FlyersvTodmorden Fleetwood FlyersvStretford Spitfires Fleetwood Flyers v Kings XI ClitheroeChorley MavericksvStretford SpitfiresLittleborough HaresvKings XI Clitheroe Kings XI Clitheroe vFormby FireOld XaveriansvFormby Fire The SquadsFleetwood Flyers Kings XI Clitheroe 333Jeremy Davies (C) 1Charlie Dewhurst (C)88Sam Wakefield 2Harry Lang16Declan Clerkin 3Sam Mulligan 8James Amor 4Frankie Jackson 18Keane McCann 5Eli Smith6Joe Thomson 6George Stewart 1Sam Davis 7George Barnes11Mikey Wilson 8Charlie Atkinson 7Scott Whittaker 9Hammad Amin4Charlie Clark 10Josh Palmer10Lewis Haworth 11Johnny Wardle 14Callum Birtwell-Jones
This week our juniors are in three GMCL cup fixturesOn Monday 13th August our Under 15's are away at Greenfield CCOn Wednesday 15th August our Under 18's are at home to Deane and Derby CC On Friday 17th August our Under 11's are away to Greenfield CC
This weekends fixtures are as followsSaturday 11th August 1st Team Away to Flowery Field start 1.00pm startSaturday 11th August 2nd Team Home to Tottington St Johns 1.30 startSunday 12th August 3rd Team Away to Radcliffe 2.00 pm startSunday 12th August 4th Team Home to Rammy Traders 1.00 pm start
Our club shop in association with Icon Sports can now be reached by clicking here
One to One Coaching sessions are available with Maddy until the end of August, for more information please give her a call on 07769 581350
At Saturdays 1st team match against Denton we welcome Claire Spencer, family and friends from A Northern Light as our Match Sponsor.A Northern Light are a local based producer of handmade, illustrated, lighting, homeware and prints.We thank Claire and her family for their continued support.
On Thursday the 2nd August we host the Under 11's of both Lancashire and Staffordshire in a 40 over match match, start time of 12.00.Why not come down and enjoy the future stars of the game, the pavilion is fully open, come down and use the facilities the outdoor nets are open.
Between the dates of the 13th and 17th August we will be hosting a Player Performance Camp for our junior players from the age of 13 to 21.For more information please contact our lead coach Sam Holt on 07931 810114
As the heat wave continued Bury breezed in to Colwyn Bay looking for a clean sweep , which one has to say was a stark turnaround from last year where we lost all three games. So no pressure on skipper elect Dom who achieved his first goal won the toss and decide to bat, not sure next year’s skipper will have the same good fortune looking at Bury’s final score. Into the fray came strong arms (Popeye)Ramsay jnr and Greenhalgh senr , not too sure how many balls Ramsay lasted it was short and sweet perhaps he was yearning to get back to see Olive Oyl , anyway off he left with his tail behind his legs, big bro Jacob managed a wry smile on passing to join Greenhalgh at the crease, two balls later Mark’s lack of good fortune in a Bury shirt continued and he met a similar fate, he feathered one to the keeper and off he popped, enter Smalley having come for the day from down the A55 to join the touring party, four balls later he met the same fate as Mark Greenhalgh and snicked off. 11/3 not quite the start we had in mind, cries from the balcony “T20”!! were still scowled upon from manager and skipper who had full faith as GG was next to the wicket, Gary and Jacob set about rebuilding the innings and that’s exactly what they did, Jacob was again impressive with his ground shots and kept the scoreboard ticking over punishing anything short and bringing Gary to applaud in the same vein as myself last night with a “shot of the day” his well timed extra cover drive was straight out of the top draw. Jacob reached another 50 and was in full flow, GG showed his class backing him up playing sensibly latching onto anything loose, score board now repaired and a 130 run partnership was in the book and Bury were back on course. GG plied on the misery for the home side and compiled a magnificent score just missing out on his hundred (98), enter skipper Dom he too joined in on the act and after another circumspect start he piled into the Bay bowlers and reached 50 in no time, Raza came into bat for the first time in three days and got the only ball that turned, chopping it onto his stumps , Lee Halliwell got his first tour runs at the death and we finished on a very healthy 271. Gorgeous tea was devoured and the southern fried chicken strips went down well with the tourists , subo enquired where the gorgeous chips originated from as she was well and truly into the fast food one presumes looking for any signs of a possible kebab, we were duly informed they weren’t Asda’s not Morrison’s not Tesco’s nor Aldi’s but Lidl’s frozen then deep fried , and we left somehow hoping Mrs Smith would take the plunge on the deep fat fryer. For further details go to https://www.change.org/start-a-petition. Those runs on the board and the lethal combination of southern fried chicken strips for tea had somehow fried skipper Dom’s brain and a plan of action was hatched regards who was umpiring and at what strategic times people would be relived of duties and it would all flow into place and Wayne you don’t need to worry you can rest we’ve sorted it. So field is set batsman at the crease , Halliwell has his run up sorted Dom assumes the umpires position and were ready to go , Smalley then counts fielders , Raza interjects too and its all decided we only have 10 , wait Gary’s in the deck chair making a call bemused by the fact he’s required as his slot wasn’t to start yet. The last time he had heard his name chanted like that was when we got back to the club from winning HC Smith Cup , Gary ! Gary ! Gary ! Was the cry. The early breakthrough came and skipper gained control or had he, Gus’s second appeal for LBW on the pro prompted him to raise his finger and then the deathly silence was met and off he went , the keeper gathered the ball from fine leg and we went again. Scoring was relatively easy to come by and boundaries flowed, a full complement of bowlers were used Gus Lee Smalley Raza Josh Lou Jacob and somehow although we chipped in with the odd wicket, the score went rattling at some pace 100/150/200, undoubtedly the best batting track we had played on , by then Dom had the field spread eagled and conducted the orchestra from the boundary initiating instructions through Raza, by the time I had re took umpiring duties Dom approached me with the “could get tight this” lose this and you’ll go down in history was my reply, it seemed to have the desired effect and he brought back Gus and Smalley to strangle it and they didn’t let him down , 40 was needed off was it 4 over’s or was it 5 was the question, the official umpires knew the Bay scorers had accidently gone one in front and were in control of proceedings , Raza was trying to explain to Aaron and Mark G, you can imagine how that went and more panic enthused , Aaron by now has had the mathematics explained to him and when there was two over’s to go he shouted “ last over boys”. Obviously Aaron’s continual attempts to claim just one catch on tour had clearly frazzled his brain. All’s well that ends well and Bay finished 16 runs short of the target, skipper quiet rightly took the plaudits and 3/3 it was. Game was played in the right spirit the lads were magnificent in representing the club throughout the three days a great time was had by all, myself and Mr Bean arrived safely back home around 11:30 and another tour was done. Big W
On Friday 27th July we welcome a touring under 17's team and their coach Asif Mujtaba from Dallas at the Archway Oval. Wickets are pitched at 12.00, the Pavilion will be fully open from 11.00. We will be streaming the game live on our website.
Mr Beans Day Day two was all about Mr Bean (Donovan) what an eventful day he had , if he wasn’t walking around Wetherspoons before last orders trying not to draw attention to himself with his bright orange day glow carrier bag full of strongbow ready for the celebratory victory party , which one presumes was held in Nathan’s hotel room , it was hard to guess this was the lad who “ ramped us “ yes you heard right Donovan ramped one of the Mochdre front line bowlers to secure a somewhat surprising , some would say victory over our first maiden tour hosts Mochdre . Bury’s North Wales tour has been in operation in over 50 years and its was the first time we had visited Mochdre which was a magnificent setting and we were greeted with good hospitality and hopefully we left a good impression for a future return.Bury won the toss as usual elected to bat on what looked a pearl of a wicket for those horse racing enthusiasts GG took the captaincy reigns and a carefully selected batting order was produced , this time around Jacob lived up to his maternal instincts and held his brothers hands for first 10 overs and got us off to a flyer and 80 was on the board very quickly, Jacob in particular playing some good ground strokes including one timed effort through extra which really was the shot of the day , first wicket down in marches Mr Bean this time no carrier bag but his trusty wand and what good use he made of it , shots all around the ground and Bury really had the momentum Jacob was in full flow and the hundred came up . Jacob was the second wicket to fall to a soft caught and bowled but a very well constructed 50 odd had really set a good foundation and in my eyes was the match winnings innings .Two wickets down with over hundred on the board management were happy knowing premier Dom was next to stride out thinking 180 was a distinct possibility, umm for four overs he couldn’t hit the skin of a rice pudding , it was this time Donovan took charge of proceedings and ramped one of Mochdre’s front line bowlers for four to which the opposition skipper piped up having watched Donovan unorthodox style on some occasions “where the flippin heck did that come from “ what we didn’t let out of the bag was , he shocked us more than he shocked them, even Alfie the dog was rolling around laughing at this point. This seemed to ignite Dom into superman type powers for the last over and he hit Mochdres 1st team skipper for 4 huge sixes and two boundaries just taking the 32 off the last over, it was some of the best quality striking of a cricket ball you will see , thankfully Dom was around for the script writer when he played.169 was the total and Bury turned round satisfied GG opened up with Raza and what a great start we got off to bowling Cheshire County player Will first ball , revenge was certainly in Raza mind as few weeks before at Rydal he took us to the cleaners for just the 150. Young Halliwell took the other end and got some tap early on in true 20/20 fashion but bowled with guile and craft at times with a good yard in him . Raza got another one to lift and GG kindly obliged in slips , by this time the wicket at one end had turned into something nasty and became difficult to bat on to say the least . Young Bowen was given the opportunity to bowl first change but was plundered to all parts , to his credit it didn’t effect him and he was up for matching Rogers exploits on day one throwing himself at anything that he could get near too whilst fielding saving some valuable boundaries. He was replaced by Lou yep Lou not Paul’s wife but Lou Greenhalgh who bowled a very tidy spell under pressure of the run chase as Mochdre middle order had got stuck in as they say and one of the batters not Jones rattled 50 and we were up to 100.MOM Jacob then turned his hand to some off spin and it was just what the doctor ordered and nipped out couple of wickets one of which his brother took, and stumped showing him how to do it and Bury were back in it , in between Aaron had skated his way in from long on to spill one and we could have all relaxed, as it was pressure was back on and GG master stroke of bringing back Halliwell in the penultimate over worked wonders and he removed the dangerous no 10 . The scene is set who’s going to bowl the last over, of course it could only be Mr Bean it was his day and he duly obliged showing full faith in the skippers cock up of who’s bowling the last over and kept his cool bowling outside off stump then removing the last man to secure a Bury victory with Mochdre finishing four short, great effort from the boys and 2/2 no pressure for today’s skipper looking for a clean sweep.Of course late night celebrations were in order and Subo decided to make an SAS type entrance to Wetherspoons mainly due to be hidden from sight of the stand in area manager and his troup of lady barmaids , fortunately it was the male variety bartenders who were serving and all the Ramsay’s got a drink !! Hip hip hooray hip hip hooray, mission impossible complete and Sue had finally completed her one task for the day , sorry second she did do wonderful job scoring over ruling the umpires decision and taking orders from the fielder giving Jacob a four instead of six , its ok Sue we won by four much love xxx .Of course it wasn’t going to be a good night unless we were kicked out of Wetherspoons long after 12 , well it was approx 12.30 and Subo was really into the non cloudy non fizzy Chardonnay and she did ever so well not to make eye contact to the young lady bartender who had swooped in from nowhere ( well really she spotted her a mile off and was having that b...) telling us to sup up for 15mins. Not to be deterred on she marched to the kebab shop and and got the owner to serve her up her own cocktail mix of kebab and she is now known as Subo Shish Bowen.Thankfully this parting of the ways under direction of the kebab shop management was under good terms and Sue was last seen swaying up North.Mr Bean had made his getaway to Nathan’s and duly woke me up at 4.30 am throwing his ring up in the toilet , hopefully like me learning my lesson at around a similar age that strongbow was fizzing out of his nose, I wouldn’t mind by the time 5.30 am ca me around I was re awoken by the toilet itself this time , he had somehow managed to lock the flushing mechanism so it was filling the cistern up permanently and a noisy flow of a filling cistern carried on till 6:30 until I managed the jam the f....g thing.Anyway good days and times had by all onwards to Colwyn Bay.Big W
A convincing win over our Bangor friends gets tour off to a good start, a decent opening partnership with a belligerent Joe Mitchell always looking to take the initiative and a sabre rattling Ramsay Junior getting us to 50 in no time, Bury's determination to seize the opportunity didn’t stop there Ramsay Senior was determined to outscore his brother who was unlucky to be dismissed in the mid 40s with one that he bottomed edged onto his stumps, Ramsay senior produced some well timed shots to keep scoreboard ticking along at a good rate and by the time Mitchell departed having gone into T20 mode which saw him score more than a single on at least two occasions Bury were well set.Enter our International man of mystery Ahmad Iqbal and ex Pakistan u19 star and currently on loan from Liversedge CC who’s extra cover drives were exquisite got Bury well over 150, by this time Ramsay senior had upped the ante and was matching Iqbal shot for shot and was retired at the skippers request just short of his 100.Some hard hitting from Iqbal late on crashing boundaries all over along with tour debutant Flaherty who incidentally has a terrible snoring habit got Bury to a score well in excess of 200 and certainly something to bowl at.Bury opened up the bowling with another debutant Patrick Potts who bowled with some menace unfortunately it was aimed at Ramsay senior's keeping as opposed to the stumps or even the batsman which brought about an early change of bowling, enter Big C who quickly got into a rhythm and brought back memories of wishing Stoney was captain for the day and would have happily bowled non stop, he got his reward with couple of wickets and Bury had broken Bangor’s spine, left arm spinner Iqbal joined in on the act and by the time the Mrs Mills lookalike was removed, Bury had a stranglehold on the game. To his credit Potts returned for a second spell and got his reward castling another Bangor batsman's stumps and Big C was still toiling away.Flaherty too made his bowling debut and picked up a wicket with his first ball and Bangor were left reeling and stranded in no mans land.Some notable fielding displays were enthused with Raza showing his crocodile like catching, skipper Metcalfe following suit and a corkscrew like attempt from Mitchell senior who was Bury's standout fielder throwing himself like Joseph in his technicolour dream coat at anything within his diving range. Bangor finished well short in the mid 160 s and Bury were off to a winning start .Other observations of note Raza beats Mitchell junior in a race to retrieve one from the fine leg area, Ramsay senior's attempt at a stumping in a slow motion type fashion with the batter winning the race from 2 yards out.Big W refuting Ramsay junior's claims his brother is a good keeper and took valuable notes that he won’t make committee or scout reports for future tour selection teams.Evening rendezvous was at Wetherspoons with Burgers around at 10pm which led to a Ramsay Rockus which started with “he gave to me to give to him to give to me to give to him” in relation to EU and non EU passport / driving license / no driving license ID.Paralegal Subo stepped in to offer her take on the manager refusing to serve an alcohol non alcohol drink who preferred to change labels on the beer taps rather than serve a parched Ramsay.She was then interviewed under caution by the duty manager and by the time she had applied for a Wetherspoon chain of stand in regional manager she had to finally climb down to avoid a first time touring party chuck out from Wetherspoons.Things calmed down by closing time and by the time Gary Garner and his golfing party turned up, Subo was well into the Chardonnay scrumpy like cloudy fizzy white wine.Some non interesting facts were spoken well after a 2nd warning to drink up at 12:30 am including Duncan “chase me“ Norvelle's wife was once hit by a golf ball whilst he the star at a golf pro-am event and whilst he landed and departed in a helicopter she departed separately in an ambulance. Rock star legend Alice Cooper plays off a 2 handicap and for those soap lovers Jack Sugden ex Emmerdale is as boring a companion on the golf pro am circuit as his character. Also Speedy is off to change his pants that he bought from M&S and Pam is still wondering why they don’t fit as there’s a first for everything. An interesting day with Mochdre T20 Weds to follow where we're told is the best batting track around North Wales and I’m sure the new arriving party of Dom, Aaron and the Greenhalgh's will make no use of at all. Great 1st day had by all more reports to follow.Big W.
Edgworth Khan’t stop the Bury JuggernautBury 3rd XI 201-3 beat Edgworth 196ao by 7 wickets...The day started badly with Bury losing the toss and being asked to field first in the 26c heat. And things didn’t start much better with Edgworth getting off to a flyer. Some excellent bowling from Metcalfe went unrewarded for a long time before he was finally given the wickets he deserved. After a flutter of wickets being claimed by Matt and Josh Bowen who bowled a superb spell against the in form Thornton, Bury reached the second drinks break with Edgworth 160-4. But a superb spell saw Arslaan Shah and Zarqash Ali Gujjar reduce them to 196 all out. A score that felt well below par.The batting display that followed was what a captain can only dream of. Zain and Sohale Khan took the attack to Edgworth early and were rattling along at upwards of 8 an over. Although the runs slowed down, the scoreboard kept ticking and before long the 100 partnership was up for no wicket. The game was fast moving away from Edgworth. The managed to sneak through the defences of Zain as he feathered an edge through to the keeper and once Mike Conn and Santos had come and gone, the latter ensuring his stay at the crease was as entertaining as we’ve come to expect, it was left to Haroon and Sohale to finish the innings. The winning runs deservedly being scored by Sohale, who batted perfectly for his 78*.Vivo stylish player of the match was voted to be Sohale Khan.Orange Cap is now with Sohale KhanPurple Cap remains with Arslaan ShahJonny Stackhouse (Captain)
BURY 1st XI GET THEIR FIRST WINSaturday saw the 1st team host Heyside in the first ever meeting between the two clubs, and hoping to get their first W on the board after last weeks disappointing start to the season.The skipper won the toss and elected to bowl on a green, damp wicket. Things didn’t start well as too many bad balls were bowled and Heyside were going at 6 an over, then Gustav (give someone else a go) Nolte made a double break through in the 5th over and in doing so removed the Heyside pro Seyibokwe. This however didn’t stop the visitors playing their shots and were still going at 5s, but the next two wickets brought two early contenders of catch of the season, the first was by Jacob (make a meal of it) Ramsay and his one handed catch at mid-on and the second was by Matt (doesn’t stop talking) Donnelly who dived one handed in front of first slip. Heyside continued to attack but that just gave Bury opportunities and they were taken, the fielding was spot on this week with 6 catches and a run out. The host's pro Ahmed (where’s my visa) Banday picked up his first wicket for the club, but the star of the show was our overseas who finished with figures of 7-41 off 12.2 overs to take his tally of wickets to 12 in his first two games for the club, as we restricted the visitors to 149 all out.The hosts opened the batting with the skipper and pro and got off to a steady start even though Heyside’s exuberant appealing and cursing towards the pro saw the first warning of the season. The first wicket came when Bury were on 36 when the pro was alleged LBW, a partnership of 50 between Jon (jug evasion) Wiggans and Asif saw them to 86 before, like the pro, Wiggy was given LBW for 48. A mini collapse happened with a dubious LBW, a drag on and a run out but Asif steadied the ship and saw us over the line with a brilliant 46 not out to get Bury’s first win of the season by 5 wickets.We don’t rest on our laurels and we will work hard during the week to try and rectify a few things ahead of our trip to top of the table Whalley Range on Saturday, and then against Premier League opposition Woodbank in the Per-Fit windows sponsored Derek Kay Cup round 1 on Sunday.Jon Wiggans (Captain)
Thank you for being patient in relation to our new playing and training kit, we have recently decided to move to a new provider which means we have been looking at a number of changes of styles and new items of kit that we can bring to you. All of these items are now listed on Icon Sports Bury CC and you can order direct from our shop on the website. We have though ordered a large batch of playing shirts and if you have already ordered with me please do not re order. We will also carry a small stock of these shirts in different sizes that will be able to be bought direct from the club or ordered from the Icon Sports-Bury Cricket Club web shop. Those ordered shirts will be with us within about three to four weeks. We, as a club, will not be ordering your training kit + any other leisure wear you wish to purchase. However, if you would like to do so and you have given your sizes to me, but forgot them, let me know and I will send them to you ASAP. The next date for all orders to be in is May the 3rd, so do hurry.Jordan Smithjordan.firstname.lastname@example.org
THERE'S NOTHING BURY KHAN'T DO !!!Sunday saw Edenfield travel to the BCG to take on Bury 3rds.With a wet day predicted it was anyone guess as to whether a full game would take place, however, the rain was for the most part, kind to Bury. The toss saw Bury put into bat. The innings started slowly with the Father Son combo easing into the game. Sohale took a while to get going but when he did the ground wasn’t quite big enough! Some lusty blows moved Bury on to 30-0. But a great spell of bowling from the opposition opener turned the game. Bury went from 30-0 to 33-3 in a flash with first Sohale and the Donny and The Captain departing cheaply. Conny came in a threatened to show some of the form that earned his promotion to number 5, but unfortunately an inside edge proved his undoing as he found mid wicket with a big shot. Callum came in and immediately the game started to move away from Edenfield at a rapid pace. The partnership moved past 50 but was cut short by a traditional moment of madness between the wickets and Callum was leaving the crease run out. Max and Ali also left in quick succession. But then the fireworks began. As Arslaan took a fancying to the Edenfield bowlers. Arslaan scored 45 from 23 to help post a huge total of 187-8. The batsman of the day was however Zain Khan who batted all the way through the innings for a superb 52, despite the testing conditions and despite wickets tumbling nothing phased the young man.Bury's bowling efforts continued where the batting left off as Arslaan tore through the top order with a supreme spell of 5-3-8-4 showing all the reasons why he is so vitally important. The Edenfield innings never really got off the ground and with wickets falling at regular intervals no momentum could be gained. There was plenty of rotation with the bowling and Patrick Potts deservedly took 2 well worked wickets. With Donny and Ali also chipping in with one a piece. Conny finished the job with 2 wickets at the end.All in all, a superb all round performance from a team that has high hopes for this season.As a new feature this season the Bury 3rd Team Stylish Player of the Match was Zain Khan for his superb batting display.Jonny Stackhouse (Captain)
Saturday saw Bury 1s travel to Sycamore Road on a lovely sunny day as we took on Walshaw.It was a bad start as the skipper lost the toss and Walshaw elected to bat on a very good wicket considering the recent wet weather. Walshaw got off to a solid start reaching 39-0 off their first 10 overs, then on came Gustav (the pigeon killer) Nolte for his first over for Bury and what a over it was picking up a double wicket maiden!A couple of overs later another change came about with Asif Iqbal taking the ball and just like Gustav’s over Asif picked up a wicket in is first over. At the drinks break the home side were 93/4, Rhodes and S. Bhojani started to build a partnership of just under the 50 mark before Alex (Bullshark) Breckin picked up Bhojani for a well made 48. Gustav came back on for his second spell alongside Mucky (Angry boy) Nasir to finish off the innings and to leave Walshaw 188 all out and Gustav finishing with his first Michelle Pfeiffer for the club.The Bury reply started without any drama until the 5th over when Walshaw’s overseas Connor Weal found his area with a fine spell of bowling, and ripped through the top order claiming the first 6 Bury wickets and finished with figures of 6 for 11. The only shining light within the Bury innings was a fine 32 not out by Mucky in the middle order and a partnership of 40 alongside Jacob (In the doghouse) Ramsay (19) as Bury were all out for 97.A lot to work at during the week but we go again next weekend as we host Heyside at Radcliffe Road.Jon Wiggans (Captain).
Our 2018 Handbook with all the fixtures and club information in is now available and can be picked up from the club or downloaded here
Our Marstons T20 fixtures have now been announced
ATTENTION ALL PLAYERS!There will be a on Tuesday 17th April at 7.30pm at the club. This is to discuss and inform players of the new ECB change to Law 42 before the season. This meeting only applies to senior cricket, so any juniors that will be or are involved in senior cricket, it is essential that all attend so that your Captains and Club can explain these changes.If you are unable to attend for any reason please let me know.Wiggy
Our Spring 2018 Newsletter is now available, to read click here.
On Sunday 8th April we will be holding our Cricketforce and registration day.We will be getting the ground ready for the start of the season, there will be plenty of tasks to be done on the day for young and old alike. We need your help.More information will be added on the website nearer the day.
If you know of any 5 to 8 year old girls or boys who fancy having a go at cricket, Bury CC are again taking part in the ECB All Stars programme. Click here for more information:
Save the day, on the Bank Holiday of Monday 28th May our Family Fundraising Walk will take place in the late morning followed by an afternoon of 6/8 side womens softball cricket. This is for mums, sisters, cousins and friends, in fact anyone who wants to have fun. Turn up and play, experience not necessary, t-shirts and prosecco supplied.
In collaboration with Crusader Sports and Leisure Tours, Bury Cricket Club, numbers permitting will be heading to Sri Lanks watching the first test in Galle.Prices from£1685HotelsBed and Breakfast Flights Tickets for Test Transport Excursions All above in package price.For full information click hereTo book Contact Wayne Belston email@example.com
WOMENS CRICKETWe would appreciate if you would forward this on to anyone in your family and friends who may be interested Hi Ladies, A fantastic opportunity has come about with Bury CC. We have a New Female coach who is eager to start the first Women's Cricket team within Bury CC. We have already begun putting plans into place; starting with a Women's softball festival at our own club on the 28th May and a second one on the 1st July. If you or any other women you know may be interested in learning new skills, alongside becoming part of a team in a fun welcoming environment. please contact us and we will organise a venue and some taster sessions for you to get involved in. Hope this sounds of interest and brings something new and refreshing to your 2018.Maddy Whitemaddy@burycc.co.uk07769581350
Full 1sr round Cup Draws are now online1st XI 1st Round to be played on May 6th2nd XI 1st Round to be played on April 29th3rd XI 1st Round to be played on May 13th
On Sunday 28th January the GMCL Annual General Meeting was held at Flixton Cricket Club.The notable points were as follows:Code of Conduct Meetings for Senior Captains are mandatoryGMCL League Handbooks will be issuedTHE GMCL is working with the home office and the ECB on the eligibilty of overseas playersGMCL Junior season will run from 23 April to 29 July with optional cup competitions taking place after the end of July.GMCL T20 starting week commencing May 14th finishing with the finals day on Sunday July 15. A minimum of 5 group games.Junior AGM at Elton Vale Cricket Club at 12.00 on Sunday 25th FebruarySenior Presentation Night will be at the Point, Old Trafford on 19th October.Cup Draws1st XI Derek Kay Cup 1st round Bury v. Woodbank Sunday 6th May2nd XI Cup 1st round Bury v. Worsley Sunday 29th April3rd XI Sunday Cup 1st round Bury v. Denton ST. Lawrence 13th May
On Friday 11th May at Pike Fold Golf Club in Bury we will be hosting our 6th Annual Golf Day.It will be our normal format, late morning arrival, Bacon Butties awaiting you, teams of four for an early afternoon shotgun start followed by our legendary prize giving and buffet afterwards.We are also looking for a main event sponsor, please contact me if you may be interested.I hope you will consider entering a team for what we know will be a great day. For more information please click here.All money raised will be used to support both junior and senior cricket at Bury Cricket Club.
At tonights AGM the following positions were filled:President: MK BrawnVice-President: David LeachChairman: Mark SmithTreasurer/Secretary: Alan Breckin1st Team Captain: Jon Wiggans2nd Team Captain: Chris PottsGeneral Committee: Paul Belston, Wayne Belston, Dave Bowen, Matthew Metcalfe, Andrew Parr, Jordan Smith, Jules SpencerChairmans Address:Inevitably when we come to think of the 2017 season we will remember the relegation of the 1st XI, but, as I have stressed on numerous occasions, Bury Cricket Club is more than just the 1st XI. Even so, as a club, we can treat the relegation of the 1st XI as a disaster or we can see it as an opportunity. We can decide we weren’t good enough and maybe never will be good enough or we can look at what we could have done better and where we can improve and put processes in place to achieve that improvement. Whilst you can be in no doubt that we will be aiming to return to the premier division at the first attempt failure to achieve this will not be a disaster providing we as a club can see progress.In fact despite the relegation it could be argued that the 1st progressed this year. They won the same number of games as last year, reached the cup final and were generally much more competitive throughout the year. Once again Karl did an admirable job in difficult circumstances. It is a mark of how competitive the GMCL Premier Division is that a side with 7 wins can go down in next to bottom place. We were unfortunate to lose at Woodbank, the coin toss at Walshaw was probably decisive and we were well on top against Bamford when rain ended the game. Had any two of those results come out differently then we would have survived. In the cup final Egerton ran out worthy winners having posted a challenging first innings total which we were unable to match. Disappointingly we used 22 players in the 1st XI this year and we found it difficult to select a settled side. I will return to this point later.Jamal once again led the way with the bat racking up over 818 runs. Our professional Kasun chipped in with 543 runs which was a disappointing return and he never really imposed himself on the opposition or around the club. That being said he was a delightful individual and we wish him well. Alex and Jon both also contributed nearly 500 runs. Bowling wise Alex and Mukthar both performed with the ball picking up 39 and 37 wickets respectively. We perhaps missed a third seamer to help them with Kasun and Casmond contributing 50 wickets between them.There will be some changes to the first team next year as already alluded to Kasun and Casmond will not be returning. Unfortunately Jamal will also be playing elsewhere this coming season. All three players leave with our best wishes and we hope to see them back soon. Karl has indicated that he would like to take some time out to recharge his batteries and spend time with his family. Once again thank you to Karl for his sterling efforts. Finally, Jordan has come to grief on the football pitch and will be unable to play this year. We welcome Matt Donnelly from Greenmount to fill the wicket-keeping vacancy and Asif Iqbal makes a return to the club after a number of years. Ben Gorton from Read joins us and will also be involved with coaching. Our overseas amateur this year will be Gustav a 19 year old opening bowler from Pretoria, South Africa, Our professional will be Innocent Kaia a Zimbabwean batting leg spinner with UK experience. The 2nd XI once again had a solid season under Chris’s leadership. ELPM and Roe Green looked to be the strongest teams in the division at the start of the season and despite our best efforts this proved to be the case as we finished a creditable though a little distant third. Usama Akram was our most effective run getter with 450, thought the undoubted highlight was Mumtaz’s 160 against Egerton. The ever dependable Arshad Raza picked up 38 wickets and was well supported by Usman and Majid with 32 and 27 wickets. The 2nds picked 30 players during the season and not one player was available for every fixture. On the positive side this did allow a number of juniors to get exposure to 2nd XI cricket and there were many pleasing performances which can only bode well for the future. I congratulate Chris on his ability to juggle player availability so adeptly. On another note the 2nd XI do need a regular umpire for next season. If anyone knows of one, or would like to do it, or just umpire a few games, please see me after the meeting.The 3rd XI had a mixed season with some very good performances both collectively and individually. On the whole the club fielded a very young 3rd XI and this showed in the inconsistent performances. Despite this going into September the 3rds had an outside chance of winning the title but a combination of poor weather and a couple of defeats put paid to that. It was noticeable that the standard of opposition was somewhat erratic ranging from some poor sides to some stronger sides containing players who were emphatically not of a 3rd XI standard. Nevertheless, what other clubs do is up to them. We will continue to use the 3rd XI as a showcase for our junior talent, rotating them in and out to give opportunities to as many players as possible, and including senior players to provide experience. Inevitably, given the rotation policy a large number of players featured. Jon Stackhouse scored the most runs with 185 and Suliman Sarosh led the wicket taking with 10. Highlights that spring to mind include Ali Hassan’s 100 in the first game of the season and Joe Mitchell’s 5 for and 49 not out at Newton, and of course who could forget Jon Stackhouse coming to grief outside the Co-op. Where appropriate for next season we will try to run a friendly XI alongside some 3rd XI games to provide more opportunities for our juniors. However, we do require senior players to support this so as to avoid mismatches and provide the necessary guidance (and in some cases transport).A theme of this evening has been player availability and to some degree commitment. At the end of the season we had a player’s meeting where this was discussed. There was a full and frank exchange of views and if I am honest more heat than light was generated. Some things were poorly expressed and I would once again like to apologise for anyone who was upset. On the positive side it was clear how much passion there is for the club. In a perfect world we would have a squad of 40 players across our 3 teams who were available across twenty of the twenty two weeks. For whatever reasons we are miles away from achieving this and I doubt we ever will. I also doubt that there are many clubs in the country who can boast this. Nevertheless we should try to make every effort to improve our availability. I would also like a greater (off field) commitment from the players. Last year I talked about the level of subs being unsustainable at their present level if you, the players, did not bring in more money through ball sponsorship and fundraising. Regrettably the response was underwhelming and the new committee will undoubtedly have to revisit this. Even more regrettably we had to cancel the annual dinner due to low numbers. A number of regular (non-playing) attendees were not available but the number of players who would have been in attendance was frankly pathetic. I believe that the annual dinner is a great tradition and one of the things that makes this...
These are the 3rd XI Fixtures GMCL League Fixtures for the 2018 season. To download click here
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Junior Winter Sessions restart on Wednesday 24th January.6.15 – 7pm, All Stars 7-8 yr olds6.15 – 7.30pm, U9 & U117.30 – 8.45pm, U13 & U15All at Bury College. Players new and old are very welcome
We start our pre-season with two friendlies away to Heywood Cricket Club on Saturday 14th April and away to Chorley Cricket Club on Sunday 15th April. These will be a combined teams with players from both our first and second teams playing on both days.
Please see the link to the 2018 revised fixturesClick Here Saturday CricketPLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE CHANGES TO DIVISION 4 WEST AND 5 WESTIn 4 WEST - Fixtures for Blackley and Friends United have swapped.In 5 WEST the fixtures against Friends Sporting have changed.Sunday CricketWe now have an incredible 66 teams in our Sunday Competition with 20 new teams for 2018 as we welcome 3 new clubs into GMCL - Little Hulton CC and Little Lever CC from the Bolton competition alongside a team from Cheshire, Kerridge CC.There are also extra teams from current GMCL members Whalley Range CC, Friends United CC, Edgworth CC and East Lancs Paper Mill CC as their membership has increased. Glodwick CC add a 4th team to their 3rd XI entry in 2017 and Prestwich CC and Greenfield CC 3rd XIs move to Sunday for 2018. Further to this we welcome 10 teams from the former Pennine League to give us a very strong Sunday competition for #GMCL2018.To accommodate many factors, we have moved to 8 Divisions, retaining a Premier League, Divisions 1A, 1B, 1C & 1D and Divisions 2A, 2B, 2C. We have allocated promotions to those who achieved success in 2017 and we have also looked at the numbers of games not played for a host of reasons in 2017 so now the maximum teams per division is 9. Also impacting is that many clubs have requests not to play on different Sundays across the season where they have community events, long standing local matches, charity events or celebrations and we have tried to accommodate as many requests as possible. If you have a fixture clash from the fixtures published below or you spot a flaw in the fixtures please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .At the Sunday third tier, where there were many games not played last year and where there are teams requesting fewer games we have 1 division of 8 and 2 divisions of 7. For those who want more games there will be a list of teams from across the competition who don’t have a game each week and teams can make arrangements for additional matches on available days. Of course, there are cup matches to play as well.The huge change arising from the increased participation is the much improved regionalisation so more local games for most. There are games against clubs on the outer perimeter of our region but these are few in number, but bear in mind that the clubs on the outer edge have to travel further to every away game and are willing to do that for the competition we provide.
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The 2018 Bury Cricket Club AGM will be held in the pavilion on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 8pm. All fully paid up Senior members, and Junior members who have played Senior Cricket are entitled to vote.Proposers/seconders for any post can be sent via email to email@example.com
Enclosed is the updated GMCL Code of Conduct for 2018 including revised procedures and penalties across the 4 Levels which all now attract a ban. We advise all players and members to read the attached documents. The rules are clear, indisciplne will not be tolerated and the penalties are quite rightly severe and far reaching, equally no excuses will be tolerated by the club for anyone being ignorant of the rules. GMCL Disciplinary Regulations & Code of Conduct Appendix 2 for Printing
The full Saturday GMCL Fixtures can be read here
The latest GMCL January 2018 Newsletter can be downloaded here
Bury Cricket Club indoor nets begin today, Sunday 19th January from 2:30 to 4:00pm at Derby High School, Radcliffe Road, Bury. BL9 9NH. New players welcome.
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 .
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
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.
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.
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
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) .
Tour blog Day 1 consists of few words after first day ..Fraser gets out to Wales international u14 .Girl !!! Joey looking to make amends in favoured format t20 .. Joe Mitchell looking to adapt squirt through legs as opposed to stumps. Today's performances make selection for Llandudno all to play for ..tour manger headache could throw anything up after toboggan and speedboat initiation 10am sharp. Wayne Tour CEO There was Something Missing from Day one, Wayen Belston stunning catch whilst standing as square leg umpire, the ball was struck, James Weston started to move to catch and Tour CEO Belstons hand appeared from nowhere and the umpire took a stunning catch before James could get his hands on it. Mark
Congratulations to all our u9s players on your super achievement of playing 24 games and winning all 24 ! As you know we are not a win at all costs club and we are more development focused rather than results focused - however this achievement should be celebrated especially as it was done in a sporting manner. I am proud to have played a small part in the setting up of this group with a base of how we do things, but a massive thank you and well done to managers Nick Mills & Neil Smith for all their voluntary work and all parental support. Well done, keep working hard over the coming weeks as your hardball practices will now become very important CC U9`s end season by winning 24 of 24 games played - whilst emphasis has rightly been on development this is a great achievement as they have also played the game in the right spirit Bury CC U11`s - sit in 2nd spot of GMCL U11 Table Bury CC U13 - have had a difficult season but are now organising extra training sessions and development friendliesBury CC U15`s - through to GMCL `Finals Day` Bury CC U18`s - through to GMCL U18 Cup Final and will play Flowery Field CC at Bury CC on a date to be arrangedAll our junior teams now await an extra round of fixtures to be published - hopefully asap ...........Paul
Tonight, Monday 24th July are at home in the semi final of the GMCL Under 15's cup against Whalley Range, start time 6.00, pavilion open for drinks.
On Sunday 13th August at Greenmount Cricket Club, Bury Cricket Club will play Egerton Cricket Club in the Final of Derek Kay1st XI Per-Fit GMCL Cup. In the Semi Final Bury scored 158, in reply only 15 overs were able to be bowled and DSL finished on 69-4 before the umpires took the players off. As there was insufficient play for a result a bowl out took place with Bury being the victors.
Bury Cricket Club and The Burleigh Bullsharks are excited to announce that Alex Breckin will spend the winter In Australia playing under one of our previous captains Simon Belston. Alex has just graduated from University of Liverpool after completing his Business Management Degree and at the age of 22 is ready to embark on an overseas season of cricket down under!Brecko, as he is more affectionately known, is a strong left arm bowler and left handed middle order batsman that will add great variation and depth to the club. He has knocked up 3357 runs at an average of 30.24 as well as taking 212 wickets at an average of 17.57 for his home club Bury CC. Brecko has representative honours under his belt after being selected to represent Lancashire in the U/15 and U/17 divisions also.Both clubs are excited by this venture which hopefully lead to a long term collaboration.
New arrival for our Captain Karl Belston, both mum and baby doing well, 8lb 14oz, Parker John Eric Belston . The newest member of the Bury cricket Club family.
This weekend our three senior teams are in action, on Friday our 1st team are in the T20 quarter finals at Denton St Lawrence, on Saturday our second team are at home to Egerton whilst our firsts travel to Egerton, both games in the League. On Sunday our 1sts are at home to Denton St Lawrence in the quarter finals of the Derek Kay Per-Fit Cup and our third team play a friendly at Austerlands.
Update: End of Season Bash at Chester races: I am starting to collect deposits. £30 please. Deposit secures your spot so don't be disappointed with only 16 tickets available. Mini bus already booked. Thanks, Karl to Chester Races is taking place Saturday 16th September. All are welcome, the price will be about £50 including admission and travel. If you are interested e-mail Karl at firstname.lastname@example.org
We intend to run a club tour to Sri Lanka in October 2018 to watch the Sri Lanka v. England Test Match, for all the details click here
The latest Match Highlights from this weekends senior games are available on line to watch at Bury CC TV. Go direct to our website page, to watch now click here
Our Annual Club Dinner will take place on Friday 6th October. More information to follow.
On Tuesday 25th July we start our Cricket tour of North Wales with a 40 over game against Bangor followed on Wednesday 26th July with golf in the daytime and an evening T20 against Llandudno and climaxing on Thursday with our annual game against Colwyn Bay, if you are interested in playing contact email@example.com All are welcome to watch.
This weekends live Bury Cricket Club TV games are our second team at home to Tottington St Johns on Saturday with a 1.30 start and on Sunday our first team is at home to Woodbank with a 1.00 start. Both games can be watched by clicking here
Our 1st XI have been drawn at home to Denton St Lawrence in the semi-final of the Derek Kay Per-Fit 1st XI Cup, in the other semi final Egerton will be at home to Denton West.
Our firsts went through to the Derek Kay 1st XI Per-Fit Windows Cup Semi Final after a 7 wicket win against Edgworth. Our visitors batted first and were bowled out in the 49th over scoring 166 with Brett Ernst top scoring with 73. Mohammed Jamal top scored with 79 not out as we reached the target in the 41st over for a seven wicket victory.
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
This Sunday our under 13's team play against Winton. The start time has been confirmed as 9.15am prompt. This game will be shown live on My Action Replay.
The draw was made earlier for the next two rounds of the GMCL Archway T20 Cup.We have been drawn at home against Greenmount on Friday 7th July.The winners of this tie will play the winners of Elton Vale and Denton St Lawrence in the next round.The full draw for this and the next round is as follows:Flixton v Flowery FieldWalshaw v Bamford FieldhouseBury v GreenmountElton v EdenfieldRoe Green v HeywoodDenton West v DentonStretford v CliftonElton Vale v Denton St LawrenceThe Quarter Finals have also been drawn , these ties will be played on Friday 21st July.Flixton or Flowery Field v Roe Green or HeywoodElton or Edenfield v Denton West or DentonWalshaw or Bamford Fieldhouse v Stretford or CliftonElton Vale or Denton St Lawrence v Bury or Greenmount
The 1sts are home on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. On Saturday we play Prestwich in the League and on Sunday Edgworth in the cup. Both games will be live streamed on Facebook by My Action Replay.
We can confirm that the GMCL Junior season at U11 / U13 / U15 / U18 will extend with a minimum of 4 possibly 6 extra fixtures. Further information will be provided as we receive it.Thanks everyone.Paul Belston
This weekend is a double header for both the 1sts and 2nds, league on Saturday and the last 8 of both of the Cups.On Saturday the 1sts entertain Prestwich at the Radcliffe Road Oval whilst the 2nds travel to Winton. Both games will be shown live on BuryCCTV.On Sunday the 1sts are at home to Edgworth in the quarter finals of the Derek Kay PerFit Cup. Whilst the 2nds travel to Roe Green in the 2nd XI Cup. The 1sts game will be shown live on BuryCCTV.
We had the above diary dated for Sunday July 30th in the calendar at beginning of year and although like everything we could have moved on it earlier , groundwork has been a big burden this year and taken up more time than I thought but I think we all agree we can see wood from the trees in that area and now feel we can push on. I would like to invite as many people as possible to a meeting to discuss how we can make it a successful day on and off the pitch , we have some details formulated on how we see the day progressing 8 teams - 10am -6pm with a real family day feel for the club, children’s rides, attractions,burgers,bar, entertainment etc lots of volunteers would be needed on and off the pitch and if you feel you could help please try to find the time to meet at the club for 30 min’s Tuesday 27th June 7.15pm and I can gauge a feel as to what we can achieve , generally when we do something as a club it's a day to remember so no reason to think otherwise. I would welcome any thoughts and ideas and although I have a formula which I think would work , I have an open mind and can't pull it off on my own, if you can’t make the meeting please make yourself known if you could help. Cheers Wayne
Bury 2nds v ELPM 1sts will be shown live on Facebook at My Action Replay this Saturday. To view click here.
A proud day for Bury Cricket Club under 13 Scott W as he represents Lancashire Disability against Cheshire Disability at Middleton cricket club.
Bury CC are getting on the digital front foot by launching a new club website in partnership with CricHQ.Fully mobile responsive and packed with features, the new site will look great across all screen sizes, especially your mobile when following Bury CC on the go.New features on the site include highlighted areas for top performers, comprehensive playing statistics, and a brand new match centre for following every aspect of Bury CC on the field.For all information from Juniors to the 1st XI, the new site will become your essential port of call for all Bury CC related information.