Woolpit fail to halt poor form as they slip to another defeat

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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Woolpit 167 lost to Copdock and OI 168-3 by seven wickets: Woolpit’s winless run in the Premier League continued on Saturday with a seven-wicket defeat to high-flying Copdock and Old Ipswichians.

Batting first, Woolpit lost some early wickets when Ollie Whiteman, opening in the absence of Andy Northcote on international duty, was bowled by a yorker, and then George Yardley was trapped lbw.  

However, Will Parker and James Godfrey set out to repair the damage, and looked relatively untroubled as they built a 50 partnership.  

But just as they were looking comfortable, Godfrey was out to Swallow with the score on 90, before Craig Estlea was run out with the score on 129.  

This sparked what is now becoming a familiar Woolpit collapse as they lost their last six wickets for just 38 runs, ending up all out with a total of 167.  

In reply, Smith and Swallow started explosively before the latter was eventually caught at cover by Yardley, and Smith was caught in the deep by Julian Crudeli.

However, most of the damage had been done by this point, and despite some accurate bowling from Starling, and very good second spells from Estlea and Crudeli, the Woolpit attack were not able to put the Copdock batsmen under enough pressure.

One more wicket fell before the end, Estlea trapping Cawkwell lbw, but Copdock reached their target with seven wickets and plenty of overs to spare.

n There was further disappointment for the club as Woolpit II (176-5) suffered a 102-run defeat at Little Bradfield Village (278-6) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties League Division Three despite a positive 53 from Julian Bardwell.

n In contrast, there was joy for Woolpit Ladies (109-5) as they overcame Ipswich Ladies (108-6) in a five-wicket success in the Two Counties Ladies Challenge.