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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Swardeston 248-6

beat Woolpit 247-9

by four wickets

Woolpit ensured they will be playing in the East Anglian Premier League (EAPL) next season, despite losing to Swardeston.

Defeat for bottom-placed Sudbury ensured Woolpit — who were promoted last season — extended their EAPL stay into a second year.

Woolpit made a reasonable start, reaching 82-2 with Craig Rutterford scoring 33, before a mini collapse reduced them to 98-5.

Ben Shepperson (37) and Julian Crudeli (43) staged a recovery with a 78-run partnership and Ali Stewart (40no) saw them to a respectable 247-9.

Leading wicket taker Crudeli struck three early blows and then, after Swardeston passed the 100-mark, he returned to break the fourth-wicket partnership.

Andy Northcote and Craig Estlea took a wicket apiece, but Stephen Gray (128no) guided Swardeston home.

n Woolpit II gained promotion from Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Four by defeating Copdock II by five wickets.

Ian Firth and Chris Wishlade took three wickets each to bowl Copdock II out for 178.

Marcus West again led Woolpit’s reply with 66 and Ian Firth’s 33no took them to a victory that clinched promotion.

n A torrential downpour ended Woolpit Sunday’s match with Battisford after just 13 overs, but it meant they were crowned Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One champions for the first time.

n Woolpit Sunday II beat Battisford II by eight wickets in Division Four to secure back-to-back promotions.

Woolpit’s opening attack restricted Battisford to 30 runs in the first 12 overs before Andrew Simmons (91) and Chris Bull (55) took them to 213-2.

Adam Coombes (87) and James Bradwell (117no) put on 178 for the first wicket and Woolpit eased home.

The second successive promotion for the team is even more remarkable considering the side has an average age of 15.