TWO COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
Ipswich won by 37 runs
WOOLPIT managed to drag defeat from the jaws of victory in a rain affected match played at Ipswich.
Winning the toss, Woolpit asked their hosts to bat, but the Ipswich openers were able to fight through the difficult conditions to put on a stand of 74.
However, the introduction of Starling and Collins into the attack after a rain break slowed the scoring rate and wickets began to fall.
Collins accounted for the two openers, the second coming off a stunning catch by Bullett in the gully. Starling and Parker also took two wickets and, in a good comeback from the Woolpit side, Ipswich were restricted to 175 from their allotted overs.
Northcote and Parker made a good start in response, scoring well off the Ipswich attack, which included former test player, Doug Hondo.
All the top four made good starts to their innings, scoring at least 20, but were unable to build on this and unfortunately lost their wickets.
With Bullett and Firth still in and the score at 125-5, Woolpit were still hopeful of making their target. However, a collapse of the remaining wickets resulted in the side being bowled out for 138, and a haul of just five points from a game which earlier had promised much more.
Woolpit II 150-6
Copdock & OI II
WOOLPIT’S innings got off to a good start, with Ollie Whiteman in fluent form on his way to 76.
No one else could match this and, when a storm ended play in the 40th over, Woolpit had just reached 150-6.
This gave them a third batting point to add to the six for the abandoned game.
Woolpit Ladies 133
Battisford won by 26 runs
WOOLPIT played Battisford in a game swapped from Battisford’s wet pitch to Woolpit’s second pitch. Woolpit’s bowlers were unable to make much of an impression on the Battisford batting, with only Katie Witherly (2-34) and Jess Horgan (1-24) taking wickets as Battisford totalled 159-3.
Woolpit’s inning’s got off to a reasonable start with Alice Parker scoring 22 and Mel Mathieson 18. When Woolpit were 124-4, a win looked possible.
However, Lucy Green and Jess Horgan were both out in the same over for 20 and 27, and Woolpit finished on 133 to give Battisford a 26 run victory.
WOOLPIT played Mildenhall in the semi-final. Batting first in front of a big crowd of supporters, they got off to a rapid start, despite the early loss of Northcote, with Essex bowler Mills going for 35 in three overs.
After Rutterford went for 35 and Joe Crame for 19, the innings lost a bit of momentum against the slower bowlers with wickets falling regularly, and Woolpit ended with a slightly disappointing 137.
A number of dropped catches and an excellent knock of 71 from Reed kept Mildenhall up with the run rate, but Woolpit took the game into the final over where two wickets from Will Parker gave Mildenhall a scare before they hit the winning run with two balls to spare.
This defeat saw Woolpit play Exning in the Plate final. Rutterford was again in good form, scoring 43 off just 23 balls.
With Northcote (66) and George Brown (44) putting on 100, Woolpit racked up a formidable 185-6. Despite 46 from Baigent and 32 from Geeves, this target was never seriously threatened and Northcote picked up 5-40 to restrict Exning to 138-8.