Woolpit maintain excellent start to go second
lost to Woolpit 170-6
by four wickets
Woolpit maintained their excellent run by beating leaders and current league champions Swardeston to go second.
Will Parker claimed an early scalp, but things changed massively when Sean Dickson was brought into the attack.
He managed to take four quick wickets to leave the home side struggling at 57-5.
After another brief home recovery, the introduction of Barry Collins changed the game before Michael Rippon mopped up the tail.
Woolpit had the worst possible start in reply and their chase was in tatters at 0-2.
However, Dickson brought some calm to the proceedings, and slowly began to build a total. He put on 69 with Rippon to take the score to 91-4, but Swardeston kept taking wickets, meaning the result was never a foregone conclusion.
When Craig Rutterford was out driving to cover, this brought Tom Whiteman to the wicket, and he and Dickson safely saw the side home to victory.
Dickson scored the winning runs with a six, which also brought up his century capping a fantastic day for the Woolpt all-rounder.
n In Two Counties League Division Three, Woolpit II beat Little Bardfield Village by 86 runs.
Half-centuries from James Deeley and Ali Stewart, 46 from Marcus West and 31 from Ryan Newcombe saw Woolpit to 239-4.
Ben Boyden’s 3-17 helped dismiss the visitors for just 143.
n In Hunts County Bats League Division Four, Woolpit compiled a competitive 194-7 with Gerry Artindale making 33, Alex Routledge a hard-hitting 44, and an unbeaten eighth-wicket stand of 57 between Marcus West, 61 not out, and his son Will, 12 not out.
In reply, Daryn Biggs, in his 500th game for Long Melford took his side to an eight-wicket victory with 98 not out, although Woolpit’s young bowling attack made the batsman work hard for their runs and the result was not as comfortable as the score suggested.