GIBBS DENLEY EAST ANGLIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Woolpit 216-5 beat
Vauxhall Mallards 215-9
by five wickets
Woolpit took a huge step towards retaining their East Anglian Premier League status with a victory over Vauxhall Mallards.
The decision to insert their opposition bore no early fruit as Mallards made their way steadily to 90 without loss.
The introduction of Hamish Fiddes to the attack changed the game as he dismissed Bridgestock for 61 and Platter for five.
Mike Jones took a wicket either side of Fiddes’ dismissal of Mallards’ other opener, Turner, stumped for 61 to leave Mallards 157-5.
Jones completed a five-wicket haul at a cost of 57 runs and Fiddes’ 18-over spell cost only 58 runs to ensure there was no recovery as Mallards batted out their 66 overs finishing on 215-9.
Woolpit’s reply started in a similar fashion, reaching 83 before Will Parker was bowled for 23.
Andy Northcote and Craig Rutterford took the score to 127, before Northcote fell for 66.
Rutterford’s dismissal for 35 and two later wickets were countered by Mike Jones (45no), who took Woolpit to their target.
n The Marshall Hatchick Two Counties League Division Four promotion race was thrown wide open as leaders Woolpit (162-9) slumped to a six-wicket defeat at third-placed Great Bromley (164-4).
Only an unbeaten last-wicket stand of 43 between Gavin Taylor and Barry Collins gave some respectability to the Woolpit score as Farooq Nasr took 6-33.
Nasr then took charge with the bat, scoring 108no as Bromley ran out easy six-wicket winners.
n Elsewhere, in Hunts County Bats League Division Four, Woolpit Sunday II (246-4) beat Great Cornard (175-8) by 71 runs.
Gerry Artindale (45), Ben Gale (27) and 16-year-old Adam Coombes with his first ever century impressed with the bat, while Ryan Newcombe was the pick of the bowlers, picking up two wickets in a promising display.