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Stradbroke (260-6) rediscovered their winning touch on Saturday with a 48-run home triumph over Woolpit IV (212-9) in the

Marshall Hatchick Two Counties Championship Division Nine West.

BOWLED HIM: Josh Franklin-Mann is bowled for 43
BOWLED HIM: Josh Franklin-Mann is bowled for 43

A fast, arid outfield and first use of a pitch that played better than it looked, were the vital ingredients for four Stradbroke batsmen to surpass the 40 mark.

Michael Hugman made his first half century of the summer, showing his liking for the new ball, peppering the offside boundary as his 54 out of 93 set the tone.

David Allum also passed 50, a bit more circumspectly until set, adding 91 with Josh Franklin-Mann (43), feasting on spin bowling.

Woolpit stuck to their task, Graham Moss taking 4-60, only for Fergus Morgan to hit 41 off 22 balls.

In truth, 260 was too rich for the visitors, but Mark

Estall proceeded to hit 58 out of an opening stand of 79.

Once James Gilbee broached his defences, it was a matter of bowling the visitors out.

They managed nine wickets as seven bowlers were tried, the most successful being Stuart Jackson with 3 -20, although there was some eye-catching late resistance coming from Jess Board with 29.

Stradbroke will look to make it successive wins at Elveden tomorrow (1pm).



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