Woolpit draw with current league champions Swardeston
Swardeston 177-8 drew with Woolpit 223-9
A spell of rain just after tea spoiled what was building up to be an excellent game as Woolpit drew with current champions Swardeston.
Runs were hard to come by before Ben Cooper and Michael Rippon began to adjust to the conditions.
They ended up putting on 120 for the third wicket, before Rippon was out for 41.
However, Cooper went on to make his first century for the club, and ensured that the score went past 200.
In reply, James Holmes accounted for both openers, and when he also had Gatting trapped lbw, tea was taken with the game well poised with Swardeston sitting on 90-3.
The rain arrived and an hour of play was lost, leaving Swardeston just 20 overs to get the remainder of their target.
Pick of the Woolpit bowlers were Holmes with 5 for 53, ably supported by Rippon with 2 for 36.
In Two Counties League Division Three, Woolpit II beat Coggeshall II by 9 wickets.
A solid bowling performance, led by Keiran Cloud with 6-40, restricted Coggeshall to 162-8.
Last week’s centurion Julian Bradwell and a resurgent Geoff Pilgrim looked like they were going to take Woolpit to a ten-wicket victory before Pilgrim was caught for 81.
Ali Stewart hit a six to complete the victory, leaving Bradwell 49 not out.
In Two Counties League Division Seven, Woolpit III lost to Worlingworth by 38 runs.
On a pitch with short straight boundaries and a fast outfield, Woolpit did reasonably well to restrain Worlingworth to an eminently gettable 238-6.
George Garrod with 2-22 was the pick of the bowlers.
Woolpit’s reply started well with Richard King and Adam Coombes putting on 65 for the first wicket before Coombes was caught.
This triggered a collapse to 74 for 5. After this victory was never likely, but 35 from Chris Daniel, 17 from Will West and an unbeaten 36 from Garrod took Woolpit to 200-9.