Halstead (213) lost to
by eight wickets
A century from Jack Rowett proved to be decisive as Woolpit made it three wins on the spin in emphatic style at Halstead on Saturday.
After losing openers Chris Huntington (8) and Mark Johnson (4) early on to the bowling of Nathan Crudeli and Will Parker, the mainstay of Halstead’s innings was Joshua Wells.
He scored a rapid 61 from 69 balls — a knock that included six maximums.
Charlie Douglas-Hughes (38) and Chris Rayner (37) also made useful contributions before the hosts were bowled out just before the 49th over.
Crudeli was the pick of the Woolpit bowling attack, returning figures of 3-36 from his nine overs.
Meanwhile, Parker, James Holmes and Kieran Cloud all helped themselves to two wickets apiece.
With the ball, Huntington claimed both of Halstead’s wickets, but by the time they fell much of the damage had already been done.
Parker made a steady 55 runs from the 109 deliveries he faced, while the more expansive Rowett was eventually dismissed for 102.
His knock came from 136 balls and included 14 fours along the way.
However, once he was dismised that left James Holmes (33) and Nathan Crudeli (9) to get the visitors over the line after 44.5 overs.
Second-placed Woolpit play host to Maldon (fourth) tomorrow (1pm).
n In Division Three, Woolpit II (186-6) suffered a three wicket defeat at the hands of Long Melford (187-7).
Coming in at number four, Harry Gale was the pick of the Woolpit batsmen courtesy of his knock of 59.
But it was Joshua Arendse that got the better of Woolpit when it was Melford’s turn to bat as the overseas struck an unbeaten 114 to help get his side over the winning line in 37.2 overs.
Tomorrow, the seconds will be away from home at Little Bardfield Village (1pm).