Woolpit win over Witham puts them in joint second in division
Woolpit (168-3) beat
Witham (167) by 7 wickets
Woolpit made it back-to-back victories with a convincing win at home to top-of-the-table Witham on Saturday.
Winning the toss and batting first, Witham held on until Alex Jackson took the first wicket with the score on 34.
Skipper Will Parker decided to take the pace off the bowling and introduced medium pacers Barry Collins and James Holmes, followed by spinners Freddie Heldreich and Wells.
It had the intended effect as runs became hard to come by, and wickets began to fall at regular intervals.
Heldreich broke the visitor’s resolve when he bowled Suett for 54, and not much further resistance was put up by the Witham batsman.
The introduction of Tom Whiteman into the attack helped mop up the tail, and with figures of 3-19, he wrapped up the visitors innings for 167.
In reply, Parker (35) and Ollie Whiteman enjoyed their best opening stand of the season so far, reaching 93 before Parker was bowled by Sambrook.
Despite losing Corey Polyak for 1 and James Deeley for 12, the Woolpit batsmen continued to score steadily, and reaching their target was never really in doubt.
When the winning runs were scored, Ollie Whiteman was 86 not out, ably supported by his brother Tom, who was 19 out.
The win gave Woolpit another 20 points, leaving them just three points off the top of the division. On Saturday they travel to Halstead (1pm).
l In Division Three, Abberton (165) lost to Woolpit II (166-1) by nine wickets.
Woolpit seconds’ game at Abberton mirrored the first team’s, with Abberton getting off to a reasonable start, reaching 73-2 before being bowled out for 165 with Harry Bureau’s 3-19 the bowling side’s best figures.
In reply, Marcus West and Julian Bradwell (55 not out) put on 68 for the first wicket, and Bureau’s 68 in 34 balls led Woolpit to the convincing nine-wicket win.
l In Division Seven, Tendring (136) beat Woolpit III (115) by 21 runs.
Playing the division leaders on the road was always going to be tough for the third team, who fell to a narrow defeat on a difficult, drying pitch.
Winning the toss, Woolpit fielded first – bowling Tendring all out for 136 as Alistair English took 5-36 and Nick Haynes 4-13.
But Gary Jenno’s 8-30 wrecked Woolpit’s reply, with Chris Daniel top-scoring with 36 runs as they could only amass 115 runs.
l In Division Nine West, Woolpit IV (223-5) beat Nowton II (217-5) by five wickets.
Robin Jack hit a big score of 92 to set-up the chase for Woolpit helped by Duncan Smart (74 no) and a mature innings of 13 from his son Ben saw Woolpit to a five-wicket win with just one ball to spare.