Woolpit settle for share of spoils in topsy-turvy encounter

SENSIBLE OPENING: Andy Northcote guided Woolpit past 100 before a batting collapse saw them hanging on for a draw against Copdock and Old Ipswichians in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday
SENSIBLE OPENING: Andy Northcote guided Woolpit past 100 before a batting collapse saw them hanging on for a draw against Copdock and Old Ipswichians in the East Anglian Premier League on Saturday
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EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Woolpit 162-9 drew with

Copdock and OI 220-8

In an intriguing game that turned one way and then another, Woolpit shared the spoils with Suffolk rivals Copdock and Old Ipswichian.

Batting first, Copdock made a tentative start against tight bowling from Will Parker and Barry Collins.

Parker took the wickets of both openers in a superb spell of 2-16 from 10 overs.

Although Martyn Cull and Sasha Ward batted steadily, runs were hard to come by and, with 42 overs gone, only 96 runs were on the board, but with wickets in hand.

They used this to good effect, with Chris Swallow (53no) and James East (35no) at the crease as they took their score up to 228-6 at the end of their maximum 66 overs.

Woolpit made an excellent start as Andy Northcote and Parker batted sensibly against the opening attack, which included former Australian Test bowler Peter George.

As the teams went into tea, Woolpit were 105 without loss, needing 123 runs with 10 wickets in hand to secure their first outright win of the season.

However, the resumption of play saw a collapse, leaving them struggling at 125-6.

Stubborn defence from the lower-order batsmen, particularly Tom Whiteman and James Firth, kept Copdock at bay and enabled Woolpit to hang on with just one wicket remaining and a total of 162-9.

n Woolpit II won by 29 runs at East Bergholt in Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Four, with Julian and James Bradwell taking Woolpit beyond 50 on the side’s way to 149.

Gavin Taylor, Adie Starling, Ali Stewart and George Yardely took two wickets each to bowl the hosts out for 120.

n Woolpit’s Sunday side maintained their unbeaten run in Hunts County Bats Suffolk League Division One against Walsham-le-Willows.

Julian Crudelli’s 76 took Woolpit to 145 and then starred with the ball as he took 4-17 to turn the tables on Walsham, for whom Steve Owston scored 62, and bowl them out for 132 runs.

n In Division Four, Woolpit Sunday’s second string hammered Nowton II by eight wickets.

After Luke Pedbury (49) guided them to 82-3, Nowton collapsed to 85 all out.

Woolpit coasted to victory by eight wickets in 21 overs, with Alfie Bullett scoring 28 and Dan Thompson 22no.