Watson and Kulasi partnership sees Worlington stay at the top

HOWZAT! Worlington's Carl Manels, who took three wickets on Saturday, will be hoping for more success when his side travel to Lakenheath tomorrow

HOWZAT! Worlington's Carl Manels, who took three wickets on Saturday, will be hoping for more success when his side travel to Lakenheath tomorrow

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MARSHALL HATCHICK

TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION TWO

Worlington 238-4 beat

Ipswich & East Suffolk I 236-8 by six wickets

A third-wicket stand of 203 helped Worlington to victory over visiting Ipswich & East Suffolk ahead of a top-of-the-table clash with Lakenheath.

Current league leaders Worlington are just 18 points ahead of Lakenheath going into tomorrow’s mouthwatering clash at the second-placed side (1pm), after their eight-wicket win at Mildenhall II.

Upon winning the toss on Saturday, visitors Ipswich and East Suffolk elected to bat first and closed their innings on 236-8 after openers Steve Worne (36) and Australian Tim Debenham (19) had got their side under way with a 58-run partnership.

After both were dismissed following the first drinks break, Derek Bloomfield added 32 from his number three spot.

Robert Glassford (16) and Mike Worne (27) both succumbed to the bowling of Craig Woolard, who took 2-76.

It was then down to Mark Sproats, who once again set about the Worlington bowling, to add a quickfire unbeaten 69, including six fours and five sixes towards the close.

Gavin Driver (12), Matt Abbott (7) and Nathan Pryke (0) all fell to Carl Manels as he cleaned up the tail.

The wickets were shared between the five-strong Worlington bowling attack with Manels (3-41) the most successful.

Single wickets were picked up by Nathan Twiddy (40-1), Chris Baugh (36-1) and Daren Hayward (30-1).

In reply after tea, Gavin Driver (1-61) and Nathan Pryke (1-14) soon had the league leaders in trouble as they found themselves on 6-2 before Jimmy Watson and Ziaf Kulasi came together.

The pair soon began to bring their side back into contention and back on top with a third-wicket stand of 203, during which time Jimmy Watson had secured back-to-back centuries.

Kulasi eventually fell as he was caught at deep square leg for 91 off the part-time bowling of Rob Glassford (1-19).

And although Graham Ford (4) also fell shortly after, Worlington were seen home by Watson remaining unbeaten on 113.

The first team’s game, on a cloudy Saturday, was the only one played for the club over the weekend.

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