A seven-wicket defeat leaves Woolpit in a relegation scrap

DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT: Action from Woolpit's recent Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League defeat to Swardeston with Andy Northcoat batting. mbfp-08-08-15 mm 003
DISAPPOINTING DEFEAT: Action from Woolpit's recent Gibbs Denley East Anglian Premier League defeat to Swardeston with Andy Northcoat batting. mbfp-08-08-15 mm 003
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GIBBS DENLEY

EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Burwell (149-3) beat

Woolpit (147)

by seven wickets

Woolpit are embroiled in a relegation battle after finding themsleves on the wrong end of a seven-wicket defeat at Burwell.

The toss was always going to be crucial and unfortunately it was Burwell who won and asked their visitors to bat.

With lots of early movement through the air and off the pitch, early batting was always going to be difficult.  

Woolpit found themselves on 31-3 before Michael Rippon and Tom Whiteman dug in to make sure no further wickets were lost before lunch.

Once they were dismissed and both Craig Estlea and Charlie Holt also fell to contrversial decisions, a respectable total looked a long distance away.

The tail wagged slightly through Michael Cowdrey and Barry Collins as the innings finished on 147 all out.

In reply, Burwell soon set about achieving their total, as they made chasing a small total on an equally small ground look easy.

Tom Whiteman and Craig Rutterford, with two wickets in as many balls, were the wicket-takers as Burwell reached their target easily.

n In Marshalls Hatchick Two Counties League Division Three, Woolpit II (245-7) beat Ipswich & ES (159) by 86 runs.

A third wicket partnership of 148 between Ali Stewart, 98, and James Bradwell 77 set up Woolpit before Hamish Fiddes ran through the Ipswich batting with 6-57.

n In Division Seven, Woolpit III (166-4) beat Maldon III (164-9) by six wickets.

Keiron Cloud with 3-35 and Gavin Taylor 2-18 were the most successful Woolpit bowlers.

In reply, Woolpit were in some trouble at 54-4 but Josh Lacompte (38 no) and Trevor Haynes with 84 not out took them to victory.

n In the Two Counties League Ladies Championship, Woolpit Ladies (162-4) lost to Thriplow Ladies 163-5 by five wickets.

With only nine players Woolpit were unable to defend the 162-4 compiled mainly through a 63 not out from Nat Samuels.

n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Four, Elmswell (133) lost to Woolpit (233-7) by 100 runs.

Half-centuries from Ryan Newcombe and Ben Gale and 44 from Oscar Ellis set up a big total.

Elmswell were on the receiving end of a hat-trick, collapsing to 40-8, Adam Reeve taking five wickets including his treble. A half-century delayed the inevitable before the last wicket fell on 133.