Woolpit search for a win after third loss in a row

HITTING OUT: James Bradwell bats during Woolpit Sunday's defeat to Haverhill in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One on Sunday. James Godfrey struck a century, but Haverhill got home by six wickets
HITTING OUT: James Bradwell bats during Woolpit Sunday's defeat to Haverhill in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One on Sunday. James Godfrey struck a century, but Haverhill got home by six wickets
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Defeat at home to Vauxhall Mallards (161-2) on Saturday has left Woolpit (160) without a win in four East Anglian Premier League matches after suffering their third successive loss.

Woolpit won the toss and elected to bat, a decision which looked justified as Andy Northcote and Will Parker put on 44 for the first wicket.

Northcote’s dismissal for 28 sparked a dramatic collapse to 78-7, with Paul Bradshaw claiming four of the wickets.

Once again, Tom Whiteman came to the rescue as he and Ali Stewart all but doubled the total before Stewart was bowled for 25.

Whiteman was eventually last man out, bizarrely run out for 56 with the score a more respectable, but still below par, 160

Parker gave Woolpit some hope by dismissing Brown, caught and bowled, for 2 and bowling Platter for 15.

That, however, was the end of any success for Woolpit as Geeth Alwis (75no) and David Turner (57no) saw Mallards to a comfortable eight-wicket victory.

n Woolpit II (220-8) defeated Abberton (138) by 62 runs in Marshall hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.

Woolpit were put into bat and Marcus West was dismissed for four early on.

Dan Thompson joined George Yardley and began to punish any poor bowling.

Following a partnership of 73, Thompson played one shot too many and chipped to mid-on for 42.

Both James Firth and James Bradwell departed quickly and, first ball after the second drinks break, Yardley picked out point for 43.

Ady Bullett finally found some form as wickets continued to fall.

Michelle Morettini (14no) partnered Bullett as aggressive running and powerful hitting pushed the score over 200 before the latter was dismissed for 56 and the innings closed at 220-8.

Rob Gibson and Morettini opened the bowling in reply and Morettini picked up a early wicket.

A good partnership kept Abberton in the hunt and it took the return of Gibson to open up an end as Abberton fell from 88-1 to 138 all out.

Gibson (3-43) and Yardley (4-17) skittled the visitors and earned Woolpit a second consecutive win by 82 runs.