Felixstowe & Corinthians mens first team took on league leaders Bury St Edmunds at Dellwood Avenue in another tough game to keep in touch with the top of the league. With the poor weather around during the week and only one day being able to prepare and get on the wicket, it was no surprise that Felixstowe captain Kyle Jay won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The pitch for the amount of rain that had fallen played well although was on the slow side which made run scoring difficult and the Bury openers got off to a slow start making 18 runs off the first 10 overs. Hunter Elliston made the initial breakthrough with a misplaced drag down delivery, Tom Curran pulled the ball directly to Marc Lloyd at mid-wicket, usually an artist at distancing himself from the ball had no choice but to attempt to catch one hit straight to him. Hunter followed up the next ball with a better line and length bowling Brad Bosman for 0 and Ross Van Reeken shortly after to leave Bury 20-3.
Hugh Stanton eventually ran out of patience against some disciplined Felixstowe bowling attempting to run down the wicket to Kyle Jay before being stumped by Matt Hunwicke for 27 off 66 balls. Bury were 45-4 off 20 overs and behind the game. Wickets continued to fall with Charlie Hitchen picking up a deserved wicket after a fine spell of opening bowling and Ross Warne contributing two wickets. Ben Whittaker provided some lusty blows and good shots to show that it wasn't a bad pitch to bat on if willing to dig in and spend some time at the crease hitting 49 off 45 balls including 6 fours and 2 sixes, before being the third unlucky Bury player of the day to be caught by Marc LLoyd. Bury were eventually all out for 117 which looked to be around 60-70 short of a competitive score.
Known for some big collapses the team knew they would require a positive start knowing that Bury would turn to a lot of spin to try and secure some early wickets. Ben Hopkins hit a quick run a ball 25 to get Felixstowe off to a decent start allowing Felixstowe to reach 35 for the first wicket. Marc Lloyd quickly followed hitting a full toss from Adam Kizis straight up in the air to Brad Bosman and Adam Hopkins going back to Ben Whittaker and being trapped infront for 1 leaving Felixstowe 36-3.
With 50 overs to bat Felixstowe knew there was no rush and Matt Lawrenson and James Heathcote put on 26 runs before James was caught on the deep square leg boundary for 11 slog sweeping Ben Whittaker. This brought in Felixstowe's wall Kyle Jay who added another 29 runs before Matt Lawrenson was out caught behind for 31 leaving Felixstowe 91-5. John Steel got a seemingly unlucky LBW dismissal first ball which buoyed Bury and put pressure on the next Felixstowe batters.
Excellent innings from both Kyle Jay and Hunter Elliston saw Felixstowe home to win by four wickets and push Felixstowe to 3rd in the league. Credit to Bury for pushing Felixstowe all the way in what is always a competitive game. Another tough game for the first team on the 22nd June as they travel to Walsham Le Willows looking to put more pressure on the top two.
Player of the match: Hunter Elliston