Three is the magic number as Woolpit maintain run of form

ON THE ATTACK: Michael Rippon took five wickets as Woolpit maintained their impressive form. They take on top of the table Swardeston tomorrow, 11am.

ON THE ATTACK: Michael Rippon took five wickets as Woolpit maintained their impressive form. They take on top of the table Swardeston tomorrow, 11am.

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EAST ANGLIAN

PREMIER LEAGUE

Woolpit 175-3 beat Great Witchingham 172-9 by

seven wickets

Three was the magic number for Woolpit on Sunday as their third straight win, this time at home to Great Witchingham, propelled them to third in the East Anglian Premier League.

The hosts only lost three wickets chasing total of 172, with Craig Estlea’s 59 and a 48 from Sean Dickson ensuring Woolpit maintained their recent form, ahead of an away clash with table-toppers Swardeston tomorrow (11am).

Electing to field Woolpit had an early breakthrough when Andy Northcote ran out Sam Arthurton for a duck.

The visitors proceeded slowly but relatively untroubled until, with 75 on the board, another run out, this time by Dickson, removed James Spelman for 26.

After this Woolpit’s spinners took a grip on the game.

Northcote dismissed Kuggeleijn caught and bowled and then he, Estlea, and Ali Stewart cut off the flow of runs, while Mike Rippon worked his way through the Gt Witchingham batting line up.

After 60 overs Woolpit had restricted their opponents to 148-6, denying them even one batting point, and the innings closed on 172-9.

Rippon finishing with figures of 5-53.

Chasing the modest total Woolpit always looked in control despite the early loss of Sam Webb-Snowling as Northcote and Dixon took the score towards 100 at above the required run rate.

There was a minor wobble as Dickson fell for 48, and then Northcote was run out after a horrible mix up with Estlea.

However, that was put behind them as Estlea with 59 not out guided Woolpit home without further loss and with 20 overs to spare.

n Woolpit Sunday also enjoyed a positive result, defeating Sudbury (165) by nine wickets (169-1) in a Hunts County Bats League Division One fixture.

Sudbury started well, reaching 80-1 before Frans Bester’s dismissal of Batch for

49 triggered something of a collapse.

Lee Thompson’s spin accounted for five Sudbury batsmen for 41 runs as the home side were bundled out for 165.

Bester’s 103 not out, supported by Mike Rippon’s 44 not out took Woolpit to a nine wicket win in just 26 overs.

n Woolpit Sunday II fell to defeat (233-5) by 26 runs to East Bergholt (269-6) in Division Four.

East Bergholt elected to bat and 94 from Gedny and a ton from Taylor set an imposing target of 269-6.

The failure of the Woolpit top order which left them at 55-3 meant it always looked unlikely that the target would be chased, but Mark Estall’s 126 not out gave the home side a respectable 233-5 response.

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