Woolpit forced to settle for yet another draw

IMPRESSIVE INNINGS: Woolpit captain Andy Northcote hit a strong 97 in his side's draw with Cambridge Granta
IMPRESSIVE INNINGS: Woolpit captain Andy Northcote hit a strong 97 in his side's draw with Cambridge Granta
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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Woolpit 231 drew with Cambridge Granta 229-9: Woolpit were left to rue what could have been following a third successive Premier League draw, this time against Cambridge Granta.

For the first time this season, Woolpit batted first and, although runs were scored at a good rate, wickets were also falling.

Will Parker fell without score and Ali Stewart and James Godfrey both fell for 10.

However, it was Andy Northcote who was maintaining the scoring rate as he eased past 50, but disaster struck when he was run-out in the last over before lunch for an excellent 97.  

The middle and lower order rallied to move the score on after lunch and a fluid 41 from new player John Iniff meant they were finally all out for 231.

In reply, Parker made up for his duck in batting by removing opener Douglas Rice first ball.

He backed this up by also removing Jonathan Atkinson, Philip Hughes and Max Holden to have the visitors struggling on 26-4.  

However, this triggered the first of several partnerships for the Cambridge side before Parker picked up his fifth wicket and the dangerous Sean Park was removed by Barry Collins for 56.  

At 125-6, the odds were very much with Woolpit, but the seventh-wicket partnership took the score to 187 to put the result beyond doubt.  

When the last over of the day was to be bowled, Granta needed eight runs to win, whereas Woolpit needed two wickets — ultimately neither reached their target, as Granta gained six runs and Woolpit one wicket, resulting in a draw and 13 points each.

n There was further disappointment for the club as Woolpit II (128-8) slipped to a 127-run defeat at Coggeshall (255-9) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three. 

Despite Adi Starling’s four-wicket haul, the target of 255 always looked to be an uphill struggle.

And so it proved with James Bradwell, Chris Daniels and Adi Bullett all falling for single figures, while Ryan Newcombe atleast put up some resistance with 34.

n Having lost to Stowmarket II on Saturday, Woolpit III (244) bounced back to clinch a 103-run success over Bury St Edmunds IV (141) in Division Eight West.

Chris Daniels (36), Adam Coombes (51) Gerry Artindale (32), Lee Thompson (50), and Jonathon Stewart (41) impressed with the bat while Thompson also claimed five wickets, with Gavin Taylor taking the other five.

For Bury, Sujith Alex took four wickets, while there was an outstanding contribution from Ben Curran with the bat.

n Woolpit Sunday (209-6) earned a four-wicket victory over Sudbury (208-7) in Hunts County Bats Suffolk Sunday League Division One.

James Godfrey (58), Ben Boyden (28) and George Ganard (37) were the pick.