Italian youngster joins Woolpit as part of deal

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Woolpit have agreed to an international connection that will see them assist in the development of some of Italy’s promising players.

The partnership with the Federation of Cricket Italy (FCI) has started with the arrival of Michele Morettini to the club on a scholarship program.

The five week program, part funded by the FCI’s sponsors Moneygram, will see the 22-year-old coached by Italian international Andy Northcote and Woolpit’s head coach Martin Eales.

The Rome-born medium-pace bowler currently plays for Cappenelle and the Italian A side and has also been named in the provisional 18-man squad for the National tour to Singapore and Sri Lanka in July.

While following a strict fitness programme, Morettini will also help coach youngsters at Woolpit and Stowmarket cricket clubs.

n Woolpit lost to Swardeston by seven wickets in the first-round of the NatWest National Club T20.

After Andy Northcote was caught first ball Woolpit recovered to score a respectable 141-8, which included contributions from Craig Estlea (38), Will Parker (28) and Joe Crame (24).

But the 2010 champions survived early wickets from Parker to advance with 142-3.

n A poor batting performance from Woolpit II led to a six wicket defeat to Brightlingsea in the Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.

Adrian Starling (30) and Chris Daniel (24) put up some resistance that saw them finish all out for 113.

Brightlingsea then reached the target with 117-4 to claim the victory.

n Woolpit III blew away the previously unbeaten Nowton by 10 wickets in Division Eight West.

Gavin Taylor (4-9) and Lee Thompson (5-8) skittled Nowton for a record low score of just 20 runs.

Adam Coombes then scored 17no inside three hours to complete a comprehensive victory.

n Woolpit Ladies started the defence of their Ladies Challenge title with a five wicket defeat to Easton.

Penny Everett (21) was the top scorer as Woolpit were bowled out for 90 before Easton finished with 91-5.

n Woolpit Sunday lost by 15 runs to Mildenhall Sunday in Hunts County Bats Division One.

After Mildenhall compiled a formidable 248-3, Woolpit replied with runs from Joe Crame (37), James Godfrey (57) and Ali Stewart (56) to finish on 233-8.

n A young Woolpit Sunday II lost by nine wickets to Tendring Park in Division Three after collapsing to 109 all out.

An opening stand of 42 was ended before Woolpit’s batting were all bowled out for 109.

Craig Newcombe (21) was the top scorer for Woolpit before Tendring Park reached the target set with the loss of just one wicket.