Northcote hits a century as Woolpit earn success

MAIDEN TON: Woolpit captain Andy Northcote on his way to his first century of the season as the Suffolk side overcame Norwich in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday
MAIDEN TON: Woolpit captain Andy Northcote on his way to his first century of the season as the Suffolk side overcame Norwich in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League on Saturday
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Woolpit (241-6) gained their second outright win in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League this season with an excellent all-round team performance at home to Norwich (168).

Losing the toss, Woolpit were asked to bat first and struggled early on to bat in difficult conditions.

Will Parker was out without scoring and Craig Rutterford departed for three, leaving Ollie Whiteman and Andy Northcote to repair the damage.

At lunch, the score was 65-2, showing how difficult it was to score runs.

When Whiteman was out caught behind, closely followed by Craig Estlea and James Godfrey, it looked like Woolpit were going to be out for a very moderate score.

However, a strong partnership between Northcote and Julian Crudeli took the score past respectability and towards a total that was going to be difficult to chase.

As the bowlers tired and conditions began to improve, Woolpit eventually reached 241-6, with Northcote scoring his first century of the season.

In reply, Norwich suffered the loss of a wicket in the first over when Crudeli clean bowled Higenbottam.

A recovery took place between Watson and Emmanuel and — with the score being 65-2 at tea — all three results were possible.

However, a couple of quick wickets after tea meant Norwich were up against it.

Some very accurate spin bowling from Estlea and Northcote not only made runs hard to come by, but took wickets at regular intervals as well.

Credit has to be given to Norwich, who continued to play positively throughout, but they were eventually bowled out for 168, meaning the 30 points went to Woolpit.

Pick of the bowlers were Northcote with 4-29 and Crudeli with 3-39.

n Woolpit II (47-2) remained clear at the top of Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Eight West after thrashing Eye (44) by eight wickets.

Ryan Newcombe (4-10), George Yardley (3-3), Gavin Taylor (2-13) and Jonathan Stewart (1-17) shared the wickets to skittle Eye cheaply.

Although Adam Coombes was out for 11 and Gus de Haan for 18, Woolpit took just 11 overs to knock off the runs.