Batting collapse leaves Woolpit still seeking their first victory
Saffron Walden 118-6
beat Woolpit 117
by four wickets
Woolpit failed to build on a promising opening day draw with Copdock as they slumped to a four-wicket defeat to Saffron Walden.
Batting first, they were soon in trouble as they lost both openers as Fran Bester was out lbw in the first over, and last week’s centurion Sam Webb-Snowling was bowled soon after.
More early wickets fell when both Andy Northcote and Micahel Rippon were also dismissed caught behind with the score at just 33-4.
However, Sean Dickson and Craig Estlea worked to repair the damage, and put on 56 for the fifth wicket before Dickson was unluckily caught behind from the underside of his bat. This sparked a flurry of wickets, as Woolpit collapsed from 89-4 to 117 all out.
Dickson top scored with 46, with only Estlea (32) and Rutterford (19) also making any scores of note.
In reply, it was imperative that Woolpit made an early breakthrough, which they did when Parker had Turner caught behind for 0.
Parker struck again to remove the other opener Philp, and at 21-2, Saffron Walden were not looking comfortable.
Wright and Bonham took the score to 59, but when Rippon and Dickson accounted for their wickets, the game was once again in the balance at 61-4.
However, even though another couple of wickets fell, the total required was never really enough to put the home batsmen under real pressure.
Rippon and Will Parker took another wicket each, but the total was reached just before tea with six wickets down.
Parker proved the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-32.
Woolpit will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways when host rivals Bury St Edmunds in an exciting derby-day encounter tomorrow (11am).
n There was also disappointment for Woolpit II (126) who slumped to an 83-run defeat to Brockley (209-6) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Division Two.
Woolpit won the toss and elected to field first.
It was a decision they would regret as Fisher (64), Elliott Smith (41) and Byford helped the home side to 209.
In reply, Woolpit got off to a torrid start as Isaac Reed claimed a four-wicket haul for 38 runs.
The capitulation continued as Firth, Ben Paice and Joel Walters-Smith all took further wickets as Woolpit were dismissed for 126.