Saffron Walden 247-7
drew with Woolpit 301-7
Woolpit were forced to settle for a second successive draw as they failed to find the final few wickets for victory at Saffron Walden.
Batting first, Woolpit lost Will Parker in the first couple of overs before Oli Whiteman and James Godfrey started to build a solid partnership.
It was not until the score was on 98 that Whiteman was run out, but Northcote and Godfrey continued to bat well. When Godfrey was evenutally out for 62, Northcote built another partnership with Craig Estlea, who was caught on the boundary for 64.
At the end of their allotted overs, Woolpit had scored their highest EAPL total of 301, with Northcote not out on 91.
In reply, Saffron Walden had to score quickly to have any chance of reaching their target. They achieved this with a good opening stand of 85 between Rice and Atkinson.
However, when Atkinson fell to Starling just after scoring his 50, this slowed the scoring rate down considerably. When youngster Holden came into bat, and played some nice shots in his score of 80, the target was still achievable, but when he was out, the home side were always up against it.
Wickets for Northcote and Julian Crudeli meant that victory looked unlikely as the hosts batted out for the draw.
n There was better success for Woolpit II (178-3), who sealed a seven wicket victory over Coggeshall II (177-9) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.
Hamish Fiddes with 5-53 and a run out restricted the visitors to 177-9. Dom Crame’s 62, his brother Joe’s 45 and Gus de Haan’s 36 took Woolpit to victory with two of the reduced 36 overs still left.
n Woolpit III (215-5) also enjoyed that winning feeling after overcoming Nowton II (101) in a 114-run victory in Division Eight West.
Woolpit were set on their way with a fluent 82 from Adam Coombes, while Chris Daniels (53no) and Jonathan Stewart (23no) helped take the score to 215-5.
Three wickets from Gavin Taylor wrecked any hopes of a Nowton challenge and Woolpit wrapped up the win with further wickets from Hobbs.
n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk Sunday League Division One, Woolpit Sunday (148-5) eased to a five- wicket victory over Rougham (144).
Hamish Fiddes (3-36) and Tristan Blackledge (2-10) were the pick of the bowling attack, while Will Parker’s 76 in reply helped steer the visitors to victory.
n There was also a win for Woolpit Sunday II (211-6) in Division Three as they overcame Hartest and Coldham Hall (190) by 21 runs with Chris Daniels (48no), Gerry Artindale (41) and Keith Flanagan (39) all starring.