Woolpit hang on for second draw

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GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE: Norwich 257 drew with Woolpit 198-8: Woolpit held on for the second consecutive week to earn a draw.

Skipper Andy Northcote won the toss and put the home side into bat.

Despite the ball becoming very wet and difficult to hold, the bowlers eventually found some rhythm, with Will Parker, Julian Crudelli and Barry Collins each picking up a wicket to reduce Norwich to 93-3.

Although that total grew to 142-3 by lunch, a much better bowling and fielding display on their return to the field meant wickets fell at regular intervals, with Craig Estlea (4-67) the pick of the bowlers in Norwich’s 257.

In reply, Woolpit started well with the new opening partnership of Parker and Crudelli.

Northcote scored a quickfire 30, as did Estlea, but it was left to Tom Whiteman and Ali Stewart to show a disciplined display of defensive batting to secure the draw.

n Woolpit II edged out Long Melford by a single run in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Three.

Dom Crame (56), Marcus West (36), Geoff Pilgrim (30) and James Bradwell (23) contributed to Woolpit’s 197-8.

Jimmy Allen (3-54) put pressure on Melford’s lower-order batsmen in reply and a run-out in the final over gave Woolpit the win.

n Woolpit III’s first-ever league game ended in a comfortable seven-wicker triumph over Exning II in Division Eight West. Adam Coombes (25), Ben Gale (20no) and Mick Hobbs (13no) saw Woolpit home.

n Woolpit Sunday II’s first season in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Three began with a 10-wicket win over fellow promoted side Acton.

Once Ryan Newcombe (4-13) made the first breakthrough, courtesy of a good catch by Harry Stevens, Acton offered little resistance and Ben Boyden, David Grant and Craig Newcombe all picked up two wickets.

Ryan Newcombe (46no) and Adam Coombes (33no) took Woolpit to victory.