GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Woolpit 147-1 beat Burwell 144 by nine wickets: Woolpit got themselves back on track in the Premier League with a comfortable nine-wicket success over Burwell on Saturday.
Despite missing a host of players and so giving a first team debuts to two juniors, the home side gave a disciplined performance and looked strong throughout.
Andy Northcote’s decisions to insert the opposition and to open the bowling himself paid off as he took a wicket in the third over, Sam Webb-Snowling’s taking the catch behind the wicket.
As Woolpit’s bowling maintained its line a succession of batsman fell in same manner.
Remarkably the first six wickets were all Webb- Snowling catches as Burwell plunged to 64-6.
An Ollie Whiteman catch on 76 broke the trend. Allchin with 55 took Burwell up to 144 before they were all out.
Adie Starling with figures of 4-32 was the pick of the bowlers with Northcote, Julian Crudeli and Will Parker taking two wickets a piece.
With plenty of time to chase the runs, Woolpit needed a steady start to their innings which Parker and Ollie Whiteman provided putting on 90 for the first wicket before Parker was run out for 28.
It was then left to James Godfrey’s rapid 36 to take Woolpit to a comprehensive victory with nearly 30 overs to spare. Whiteman remained unbeaten on 70.
Woolpit will be hoping to take the momentum of their into a trip to Vauxhall Malklards tomorrow with their chances of claiming back-to-back victories looking good with Mallards currently below them in the table.
n There was less success for Woolpit II (163) who suffered a 29-run defeat away at Needham Market (192-4) in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.
A partnership of 99 between S Wade and Mortimer set up a reasonable but eminently catchable total of 192-4 for Needham Market.
Ryan Newcombe, (2-42) and Hamish Fiddes (2-56) taking the wickets for Woolpit.
The reply started disastrously with Woolpit losing the first three wickets for just two runs. Trevor Haynes, (34), James Deeley, (44), and Hamish Fiddes with 42 all contributed but it proved not enough.