BURY were one of the few sides to beat the weather in the Greater Manchester Cricket League at the weekend.

And they were certainly glad they did, as the three senior sides picked up three wins out of three.

Things got going in impressive fashion as the first XI ended early leaders Bradshaw’s unbeaten start in Premier 2 with a rain-affected 54-run win.

After a two-hour delay Bury started on the front foot with Ben Gorton (43) and Mukhtar Nasir (63) taking the game to the visitors.

Ammar Baig added a quick-fire 24 and after another delay Bury finished on 180-6.

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 Brett Ernst was sent on his way in unusual circumstances.

Liversedge chipped an 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 with Nolan-Massey (3-39) and Matloob (3-40) again both impressing, and Bradshaw were bowled out for 126.

Over at Unsworth, the second XI entertained Bolton Indians.

Batting first, Bury scored 153 in a 40-over game, with Ghalib Sarosh, 48, top scoring.

Bolton Indians had a patient but solid start to their innings and with 10 overs to go, the visitors needed around a-run-a-ball with seven wickets remaining.

Wickets were however shared between the four bowlers and the visitors fell 34 runs short of victory as they were bowled out to continue the seconds’ perfect start to the season.

The thirds picked up their first win of the season in an unusual game at Greenfield. Bury slipped from 41-2 to 63 all out, with only Nathan Ramsay (30) making a score of note.

Only one result looked likely but superb opening spells from Harry Williamson and Lee Halliwell reduced Greenfield to a remarkable 5-8.

Will Jackson and Peter Gill then put on 48 for the ninth wicket before Gill was well held by Scott Worswick at mid off.

Williamson returned to the attack to take the final wicket, finishing with figures of 6-6 in 7.2 overs as Bury won by seven runs.

In the Lancashire League, Ramsbottom slipped to a defeat in a rain-effected match at Middleton.

Batting first, Ramsbottom scored 194-5 with Kieran Grimshaw hitting 82 while Bradley Fielding scored 48.

In reply, James Price scored an unbeaten 57 as Middleton reached their revised target.