Woolpit’s winning run comes to an end at home

EXCITING END: Despite some good play by Woolpit, both batting and fielding, Maldon caught them with only two balls to spare
EXCITING END: Despite some good play by Woolpit, both batting and fielding, Maldon caught them with only two balls to spare
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MARSHALL HATCHICK TWO COUNTIES

CHAMPIONSHIP

DIVISION ONE

Woolpit (233-8) lost to

Maldon (237-7)

by three wickets

Woolpit’s three match winning run came to an end following a defeat to fellow high flyers Maldon on Saturday.

It was the hosts Woolpit who won the toss and, unsurprisingly given the hot weather, decided to bat first.

Will Parker and Jack Rowett got Woolpit off to their usual good start, putting on 69 for the first wicket, before Parker was caught for 34, and then Rowett followed four runs later.

Tom Whiteman and Hamish Fiddes both reached double figures, but were then dismissed to leave the home side on 107-4 with more than half the overs gone.

Nathan Crudeli (75), supported by Alex Jackson (34) and James Holmes (23), attempted to accelerate the scoring, but Matt Wild (5-34 in 10 overs) kept a break on the run rate and Woolpit finished on 233-8.

The home side’s total looked good as Maldon were reduced to 30-3, Crudeli taking two wickets, and Holmes the other one, but this was followed by a century partnership for the fourth wicket between Ian Elliott and Jimmy Ainscough.

Ainscough then took the score to 195, together with Wild, before being dismissed for 69, leaving the game evenly poised with 39 runs needed in five and a half overs.

Although Fiddes took two more wickets, Wild’s 62 not out enabled Maldon to win with just two balls to spare and end Woolpit’s winning run.

Woolpit (3rd) travel to Worlington (7th) tomorrow (1pm).

n In Division Three, Woolpit II (176-9) slipped to back-to-back defeats after losing at Little Bardfield Village.

Daryl Hymas (92 not out) batted throughout, and Matt Graham scored 69, as Little Bardfield finished with an impressive total of 261-4.

In reply, Woolpit slumped to 78-6, before Marcus West (45) helped them to 176-9, gaining a few batting points, but they lost out by 85 runs.

n In Division Seven, big hitting at the start and the end of the innings enabled Battisford to total 250-7 against Woolpit III, despite Jamie Young’s 2-31.

Adam Feavearyear’s maiden 100 for Woolpit came close to giving them victory, but in the end they were bowled all out for 227.

n In Division Nine West, Woolpit IV’s young bowlers toiled in the heat as Stowmarket II’s much more experienced batsmen totalled 268-1.

Mick Hobbs (55) and Jim Gourlay (35) were the main contributors to Woolpit’s reply of 176-8.

n James Bradwell (104), Parker (89), Matt Angell (45) and Crudeli (5-70) helped Woolpit Sunday (285-4) edge past Battisford Sunday by three runs, while Adam Coombes (43) top scored for Woolpit Sunday II (163-5) in their eight-wicket defeat to Lakenheath (164-2).