Fiver-star bowlers inspire Woolpit to derby victory
beat Bury St Edmunds 124
by 133 runs
Woolpit inflicted a heavy defeat on their local rivals Bury St Edmunds as the visitors dramatically collapsed to a fourth successive defeat after tea.
Five wickets apiece for Mike Rippon and James Holmes did the damage after Ben Cooper had fallen just eight runs short of a century when Woolpit batted.
Woolpit won the toss and decided to bat and although Mike Comber accounted for Karl Holmes and Ali Stewart, Mike Rippon and Ben Cooper dug in and took the score past 100 at lunch.
Continuing untroubled afterwards with both batsmen passing 50 it was something of a surprise when Cooper played-on having made 92 with the score on 163.
Rippon carried on forming useful partnerships with Craig Estlea, Will Parker and James Holmes to reach his maiden century for Woolpit before being run-out for 104 off the first ball of the final over.
Three more wickets fell in the over as Woolpit tried to add more runs to the Bury target.
David Coyle took two wickets, and Callum Taylor four, one of which featured an athletic effort on the boundary by James McKinney.
For the visitors, Curran and Manthorpe started well and at tea had put on 73 at a reasonable rate.
At this stage a Bury victory seemed likely.
The game changed when Manthorpe was stumped by Karl Holmes, off the bowling of James Holmes, with the score on 76.
Pashankar was bowled by Holmes five balls later and Taylor was stumped off Rippon in the next over to change the whole complexion of the derby.
Park became Holmes’ next victim, caught for five, followed by Comber, bowled for one, frustrated by Holmes’ nagging length.
Curran, Rees and Coyle all fell to Rippon’s spin, and although Mark Nunn showed some resistance, a wicket more apiece for Holmes and Rippon bowled Bury out for 124 to give Woolpit a maximum 30 points.
Holmes’ figures were 5-27 off 12 overs, and Rippon’s 5-31 off 13.5 as they tore into the Bury batting line-up.
The victory left Woolpit ninth in the table, just a point behind Bury above them in eighth.
Tomorrow, Bury will be keen to bounce back to winning ways when they travel to Great Witchingham, while Woolpit also find themselves on the road, at Norwich (11am).
Bury Greene King Players of the Week: Josh Toon and Stuart Nunn.
n See facing page (143) for more Bury and Woolpit cricket reports from the weekend.