Woolpit rise to fourth in the Premier League table

LEADING THE WAY: Woolpit's Julian Crudeli, who hit 57 with the bat and took three wickets with the ball during his side's first Gibbs Denley East
LEADING THE WAY: Woolpit's Julian Crudeli, who hit 57 with the bat and took three wickets with the ball during his side's first Gibbs Denley East
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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Horsford 89 lost to Woolpit 215-7 by 126 runs: Woolpit earned their first win of the season in the Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League with an excellent team display against Horsford.

Skipper Andy Northcote took the positive step of choosing to bat first and it paid off as Woolpit’s triumph lifted them to fourth in the table.

Despite losing Will Parker (8) early on, Northcote (57)and Craig Rutterford shared a half-century partnership to go in at lunch at 88-1.

However, Horsford hit back with three quick wickets and a mixture of a slow pitch, a slow outfield and accurate spin bowling meant runs were difficult to find.

Julian Crudeli (57no)batted sensibly and was supported by Craig Estlea, Joe Crame and Tom Whiteman to help the score to 215-7.

In reply, Parker continued his excellent form by taking the wicket of Bridgstock in the first over and two wickets for Crudelli meant Horsford were struggling at 48-3.

Any hope of chasing the total soon vanished after tea as the introduction of spin bowlers Estlea (3-14)and Northcote (3-19) caused wickets to fall at regular intervals as well.

Woolpit eventually skittled their opponents with the score on just 89.

n Woolpit II (172-1) beat Woodbridge and OW (171) by nine wickets in Division Three, with star performances from Ryan Newcombe (3-20), Dan Green (3-32), Rob Gibson (2-39), Geoff Pilgrim (82no), Marcus West (43) and Dom Crame (37no).

n Martin Eales (57no) and Mick Hobbs (32no) guided Woolpit III (129-4) to a six-wicket win over Eye (128) in Division Eight West, with Harry Stevens (4 -46) leading the bowling figures.

n Joe Crame (98) fell just short of a century, but helped Woolpit Sunday (241) to a 116-run triumph over Hadleigh Sunday (125) in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, while Will Parker (39), Julian Crudeli (27no) and Paul Loft (3-36) also provided strong contributions.

n Woolpit Sunday II (182) could not complete a perfect weekend for the club as they went down to Long Melford (258-6) by 76 runs in Division Four.

Keith Flanagan took 3-22 with the ball, while Craig Newcombe (45) and Andy Newcombe (42) top-scored.