BOLTON ASSOCIATION: Captain Simon Belston dreams of double after Bury make Cross Cup final

Bury captain Simon Belston

Bury's Mumtaz Mirza

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BURY captain Simon Belston has not given up hope of a dream double after his side made it through to the Cross Cup final.

The Radcliffe Road men beat Daisy Hill by 58 runs in the last four of the Bolton Association cup competition after Belston hit a century to help set their opponents a daunting target of 291 from 48 overs.

And while Bury dropped to third place in the Association table following only their second defeat of the season on Saturday – against Cross Cup final opponents Edgworth – Belston is confident there is still time to catch leaders Flixton.

“The chance of the double is still there,” he said.

“Just to be able to say that at this stage of what is only our second season in this league is a fantastic achievement.

“I am really proud of the lads and what they have done in getting to our first ever Cross Cup final. But we know there is still a lot of cricket to play.

“We saw on Saturday that Edgworth will be no pushovers in the final, and we will have to put in a lot of hard work to stay in this title race.”

Bury were put into bat at Daisy Hill on Sunday, but the home side will have regretted that decision as Belston and Mumtaz Mirza put on 125 for the first wicket.

Mirza fell one short of his half-century, but the Bury skipper went on to score 112.

The runs kept on flowing when in-form Matt Twentyman hit a quickfire 89, helping Bury score an incredible 69 runs in their final four overs to finish on 291-4.

Daisy Hill, whose Paul Hart (4-102) took all the Bury wickets, kept the scoreboard ticking over in their reply.

Paul Atherton hit 53 while brother Mark made 37 and Amjad Khan chipped in with 23.

But they fell 58 runs short as the wickets ran out, with Bury pro Nekoli Parris taking 4-61 and skipper Belston bagging the crucial wickets of Daisy Hill captain Mark Wood and Mark Atherton.

Edgworth thumped Bolton Association leaders Flixton by 10 wickets in Sunday’s other semi-final.

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