First win of the season proves timely boost for Woolpit

CELEBRATION TIME: Woolpit rejoice after Rory Darkins dismissal in their five wicket success over Sudbury
CELEBRATION TIME: Woolpit rejoice after Rory Darkins dismissal in their five wicket success over Sudbury
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Sudbury 201 lost to

Woolpit 204-5

by five wickets

Woolpit achieved their first league success this year, and with it eased their relegation fears with a convincing win against Sudbury.

The tone for the day was set by an outstanding catch by Dudley Spiers in the gulley to dismiss Batch before going on to dismantle the Sudbury top order to 23-4 thanks to some excellent bowling from Crudelli and Parker.

Poulson and Mansfield built a partnership to repair the damage, but this was broken when Estlea had Poulson caught behind just before lunch.

Sudbury had another couple of partnerships to bring some respectability to their score.

But Woolpit continued to take wickets at important times, and eventually bowled out their hosts for 201.

Crudelli was the pick of the bowlers with 6-30, and Parker and Estlea chipped in with two wickets each.

In reply, Sudbury made a couple of early breakthroughs, as Spiers was dismissed for six and Rutterford for 12.

Jones and Parker brought some stability, but when Jones was out for 20 at 48-3, Sudbury sniffed an opening.

However, that signalled the start of a 143 run partnership between Parker and Estlea which was ultimately to win the game, the latter reaching his first Premier League 100 from just 103 balls.

Parker’s innings was less flamboyant, but no less important, and he was eventually out for 42, sealing an important win.

n Meanwhile, Woolpit travelled to Great Witchingham to take part in the EAPL Twenty20 finals day, facing other qualifiers Horsford and Burwell, with the winners going on to the national competition.

The afternoon got off to a disappointing start for Woolpit who slipped to a 14 run defeat to Horsford (208) despite impressive knocks from Ben Shepperson (97) and Eastlea (50).

It was much the same story in the second game versus Burwell, where Woolpit batted first to set a total of just 120.

And it proved no problem for their opponents who reached the target comfortably, losing just two wickets.

n Elsewhere, there was better fortune for Woolpit Ladies (158-5) who eased to a five wicket win away at Mildenhall Ladies (155-4) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Ladies Challenge.

Linzi Everett was the pick of Woolpit’s bowlers with 4-42, while in reply, Penny Everett (94no) supported by Kirsty Macrow (23) and Natalie Samuels (15) added crucial runs.

n There was less success for the Woolpit’s Sunday side (181-8) in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One as they slumped to a 85 run defeat to Hadleigh (246-8).

Chris Daniels collected figures of 3-35 and Rob Wilson hit an unbeaten 100 in reply but it proved not enough as Woolpit fell short.