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Woolpit hold high-flying Mallards to a draw





Vauxhall Mallards 275-6

drew with Woolpit 177-8

Woolpit managed to avoid defeat against high-flying Vauxhall Mallards in their visit to Norfolk on Saturday.

Winning the toss, skipper Craig Estlea put the hosts in to bat hoping for an early breakthrough.

A change of bowling brought a change of luck as both openers were removed by Chris Wells and Barry Collins.

But Mallards scored steadily throughout with Devon Conway and Luke Caswell puting on 100 or the fourth wicket on their way to 275-6.

In reply, Woolpit started well with new opening pair Karl Holmes and Michael Rippon surviving the new ball.

Wickets began to fall and when Ben Cooper was caught in the gully, the run chase lost momentum, although Rippon scored a magnificent 90.

Some very stubborn defensive play from Hamish Fiddes and Wells meant that Mallards were not able to take the final two wickets they needed for victory, and the game ended in a draw.

n In Marshall Hatchick Two Counties League Division Three, Woolpit II (193-5) beat Brightlingsea (192) by five wickets.

Skipper Marcus West’s introduction into the attack sparked a collapse with him finishing with 4-24.

Woolpit lost two early wickets before Michael Cowdrey (34) and James Bradwell (48) took the score past 100.

West (51 not out) and Coombes (14 no) saw Woolpit home.

n In Division Seven, Woolpit III (206-4) lost to Tendring (208-3) by seven wickets.

Will West (44), Adam Feavearyear (41) and George Garrod (33 no) were the main contributors to Woolpit’s total.

n In the Two Counties Ladies Championship, Woolpit Ladies (172-3) lost to Easton (173-3) by seven wickets.

New skipper Nat Samuels (105 not out off 85 balls) had the delight of scoring her first century on debut as captain against Easton.

Sophie Utteridge and Linzi Everitt with 26 each supported her.

Easton reached their target with two overs to spare.

n In Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division Four, Horringer (104) lost to Woolpit Sunday II (249-3) by 145 runs.

Woolpit bounced back from last week’s defeat with Adam Coombes scoring a near run-a-ball 100 before retiring.

Nick Stantonmand Kian Flanagan supported him with 33 and 23 respectively before Feavearyear (34 no) and Tom Luttmann- Johnson (25 no) took the score towards the 250 mark.

In reply, the wickets were shared around with Adam Levey picking up 2-13.

n Turn to page 169 to read about Woolpit CC receiving a grant for ground and facility improvements.

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