Woolpit crash at Burwell as the top-order collapse

STEAMING IN: Paul Loft bowls for Woolpit Sunday during their Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One victory over Bury St Edmunds ' a result that moved Loft's men above Bury into third
STEAMING IN: Paul Loft bowls for Woolpit Sunday during their Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One victory over Bury St Edmunds ' a result that moved Loft's men above Bury into third
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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Burwell 196-9 beat Woolpit 83 by 113 runs: Woolpit slipped to a disappointing defeat at Burwell in a rain-affected Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League match.

After the heavens opened in the morning, the game was delayed until 1.30pm, but was then played in mostly bright sunshine.

Winning the toss and batting, Burwell made a brisk start as openers Manish Burman (11) and William Lawton (68) played some aggressive shots early on.

When Will Parker (11-1-61-2) trapped Burman lbw, the scoring rate slowed.

Nonetheless, with the total on 120-1 at drinks, it looked like a large total would be reached.

Some accurate bowling from Barry Collins (13-0-49-1) and Andy Northcote (13-0-42-2) put some pressure on the batsmen and wickets started to fall, including three run-outs — from James Godfrey, Alistair Stewart and Northcote

Lawton was finally out for 68, but only contributions from Daniel Jones (28no) and Tom Williams (21) gave the home side a competitive total.

Their innings finished on 196-9, indicating an excellent comeback for Woolpit.

That was about as good as it got for Woolpit.

Northcote was out to the first ball of the innings and when Joe Crame, Parker and Godfrey soon followed, suddenly they were 6-4 and any realistic hopes of winning the game had all but disappeared.

A small recovery was held with a partnership between Julian Crudelli (64no) and Oliver Whiteman (11).

When that was broken when Whiteman was unfortunately run-out, the end was nigh.

A mixture of accurate spin bowling and some interesting shot selection resulted in the tail being quickly cleaned up, with Woolpit making a final total of just 83.

The wickets were shared around with three each for Alistair Allchin, Shaftab Khalid and Josh Arksey.

n Woolpit II (159) fared better in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three as they overcame Needham Market (138) by 21 runs.

Geoff Pilgrim (31), James Firth (31) and Marcus West (27) top-scored, while James Stringer took 3-45.