'We have the momentum' - Bury captain Park
PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 September 2018
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Bury St Edmunds captain, Sean Park, was understandably delighted with his side's fifth win on the bounce, achieved at home to Copdock & Old Ipswichian by five wickets on Saturday.
The Victory Ground club managed it without the experienced Sean Cooper (unavailable) and also all-rounder Alastair Allchin (injured), as they strengthened their bid to avoid finishing bottom of the East Anglian Premier League.
“We have the momentum, and confidence is high in the squad,” enthused Park.
“The guys are all contributing across the board, which is terrific and something that was not happening earlier in the season.
“Ally (Allchin) pulled out on Friday, due to injury. He has a muscle strain, and we will be sweating on his fitness for this coming weekend.
“George Loyd was also not 100%, which meant that I decided to open the bowling, because we were down to just two seamers.
“Dom (Manthorpe) and I managed to bowl tightly for the first 10 overs of the innings, without getting any wickets.
“That set us up, and George (Loyd) then came on and got the first wicket. We all bowled well as a group, the spinners contributing as well, rather than having to constantly try and fill a hole in the bowling.
“We were delighted to keep them down to 157, although it wasn’t an easy wicket to score runs. The ball was turning square, and there was some uneven bounce.
“But Murray (Commins) played an outstanding innings for us, again, building a decent partnership with Alfie (Marston).
“Murray did the hard work before finishing it all off with a flurry by hitting four boundaries off his last seven or eight balls faced.
“But for Murray, it would probably have been a very tight game, but in the end we won comfortably by five wickets,” added Park.
Bury are 12 points clear of Norwich, with two matches left. They are both away from home, beginning with a trip to Burwell & Exning (at Exning Park) this Saturday. Burwell could yet finish bottom themselves.
“This is a huge game for us,” admitted Park.