GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE Woolpit 162-9 drew with Bury St Edmunds 269-9
The Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League returned with an exciting derby that had plenty of ups and downs for Woolpit and Bury.
Bury looked in trouble at 24-3 and 81-6 after making a sluggish start, but recovered to record 269-9, with Russell Stockdale hitting 99no on debut to rescue the visitors.
After a good start, Woolpit collapsed to 117-8, but ninth-wicket pairing Tom Whiteman and Hamish Fiddes batted for 20 overs to help earn a general draw, with Woolpit scoring eight points and Bury 15.
Bury and Woolpit face the only two sides to win on the opening day tomorrow (11am), with Swardeston visiting the new-look Victory Ground to face Bury, while Woolpit take to the road to visit Norwich.
On Saturday, Tom Huggins, Justin Bishop and debutant Adam Mansfield were all out for Bury with just 24 runs scored, with Will Parker removing the first two wickets.
Bury continued to struggle, losing three more wickets with 81 runs scored, but Sasha Ward (64) and Mark Nunn (21) added 40 for the seventh wicket. When last batsman Tom Robotham joined Bury’s second debutant Russell Stockdale, Bury only had 169 on the board.
However, the visitors’ final pair batted with terrific flair and ability, with Stockdale’s 99no from 86 balls, including a six and 14 fours, while Robotham’s 25no was a career best.
Woolpit started well, but lost captain Andy Northcote and ex-Bury player Craig Rutterford on 46.
Will Parker was sixth man out for an excellent 67, but wickets continued at regular intervals and a Bury victory looked certain.
However, tail-enders Tom Whiteman (31)and Hamish Fiddes (8no) battled hard for 20 overs until Whiteman was dismissed in the final over, but Bury could not complete a win that looked a long way off before Stockdale’s heroics.
Huggins (3-31), Bishop (3-37) and Stockdale (2-28) were the pick of the Bury bowlers.
n Bury II were the first of the club’s side to play a competitive fixture in front of the new pavilion at the Victory Ground.
They edged out Woolpit II by 17 runs in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.
James Sturgeon top-scored with 33 as Bury recorded 145-8.
In reply, Adam Kizis and Tom Curran took early wickets — thanks to some fine catching from Ben Whittaker — but Woolpit rebuilt from 34-6.
However, their revival was ended at 128 all out when Whittaker returned to complete figures of 5-16.
n Bury III lost to Haverhill II by 81 runs in Division Five, despite contributions from Josh Toon (55no), Pete Thearle (36),Andrew Green (34), John Nicoll (25) and Ian Plumb (23).
Greene King players of the week: Russell Stockdale, Tom Robotham, Tom Curran, Ben Whittaker and Sasha Ward.