Spirited display not enough as Woolpit lose to league leaders
Woolpit (224-8) lost to
by six wickets
Woolpit put up a spirited display, but unfortunately tasted defeat against league leaders Swardeston.
Winning the toss and batting first, Woolpit regularly lost early wickets to find themselves 65-4.
A partnership between Sean Dickson and youngster Michael Cowdrey got them back into the game, and saw them to lunch without losing another wicket.
They eventually put on over 100 before Cowdrey was bowled by opposing skipper Thomas for 44 and Dickson was caught in the deep trying to accelerate the scoring for 83.
After this, Woolpit made their way to a respectable 224-8.
In reply, a breakthrough was made in the first over when Lambert was clean-bowled by Will Parker.
However, when Parker picked up an injury, the job became much tougher for Woolpit.
They were still in the game at tea with the score at 80-3, before Swardeston set about their target with efficiency.
Swardeston reached their target with four overs to spare.
n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties League Division Three, Little Bardfield (236-6) beat Woolpit II (235-4) by four wickets despite knocks of 112 from James Deeley and 91 from Hamish Fiddes.
n In Division Seven, Tendring (170-7) beat Woolpit III (168) by three wickets.
n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One, Hadleigh (153) lost to Woolpit (184) by 31 runs with James Bradwell (57)and David Grant (52) helping Woolpit set a competitive total.
n In Division Four, Woolpit II (212-7) lost to Earl Stonham (224-4) by 12 runs.
Captain Ben Gales reached his first-ever century by making 103 not out, but Woolpit fell just short of their target.
n Gerry Artindale (Woolpit), Clive Witherly (Stowmarket) and Dick Bond (Lakenheath) were part of the Suffolk Over 60s side which lost to Northants by 16 runs recently.
n Suffolk Over 50s captain Phil Caley plundered a magnificent 247 not out in a 329-run victory over Middlesex.
The Needham Market batsmen’s first century took just 64 balls yet his second was even quicker at 37 deliveries.
He shared in two big partnerships, one of 107 with Rob Shurety and an unbeaten 254 with Kevin Ross, as Suffolk posted a huge total of 403-4.