Three out of three wins for the Woolpit 1st XI

Woolpit made it three wins out of three in their Two Counties Championship Division 1 game against Lakenheath with a match which was reduced to 40 overs a side.

The six wicket victory came thanks to a partnership between Ryan Newcombe and Tom Sidhu who scored 48 and 29 respectively.

Baugh and Palmer put on 67 for Lakenheath before Baugh was run out whilst backing up for 41. The Lakenheath batsmen tried to accelerate the scoring rate, but this was difficult against some accurate bowling and the difficult conditions.

Palmer was caught at long on for 39, and some good running by Leech and Hawley kept advancing the score.

Woolpit continued to take wickets at important times and limited Lakenheath to 148 for 5 from their 40 overs. Barry Collins returned the best bowling figures with 2-38 from his 10 overs.

In reply Will Parker and Andy Northcote put on 37 before the former was caught behind off the bowling of Baugh.

Woolpit then struggled though the middle overs, as tight bowling and a slowly increasing run rate put pressure on the batsmen. Northcote fell for 10, closely followed by Olly Melville-Ross for 24 and Tom Whiteman for 3.

Despite the innings looking in trouble Newcombe and Sidhu showed maturing well beyond their years to not only keep up with the scoring rate, but take their team past the required total with just over an over to go.

The 2nd XI lost by by 7 wickets to Walsham le Willows and then went on to beat Mistley 2nd XI by 8 wickets while the 3rd XI also won their match against Bardwell 1st XI by 3 wickets.

Meanwhile, the Woolpit Sunday XI also won their game against Great Waltham Sunday 1st XI.

Great Waltham won the toss and elected to bat.
D Bloom scored 58 and Samuel Harris scored 44, with some big sixes being hit but Woolpit kept them to a manageable target of 182-6 off 40 overs.
Woolpit’s opening partnership didn’t last long, but batsmen 3 and 4 stuck around at the crease.
Karl Holmes (82 not out) and Kian Flannagan (76 not out) saw Woolpit through to the third round of the national village cup, reaching 183-2 off just 30 overs.
The Woolpit U15 Girls girls played in the Lady Taverners U15 Club T20 National Cup, at Haverhill.
This was a historical moment for Haverhill, having never had a girls or women’s team at the club. 
Woolpit batted first. Amber Bradnam (22), Arabella Stockdale (23) and Lily Fisher (16) all batted well, with some lovely shots and quick singles.
Lara Hopewell-Plant (4 overs 18 runs for 2 wickets) bowled superbly, alongside Jinsun Munro who didn’t manage to take a wicket but only went for 16 runs off her 4 overs. Woolpit scored 124-5 in their 20 overs.
Haverhill came out to bat, Lara Hopewell-Plant (12) staying at the crease and making Woolpit’s bowlers work hard.
Lily Fisher bowled accurately, taking 1 wicket off her 3 overs and only giving away 6 runs.
Alice Nickell and Amber Bradnam both bowling very tight spells but not managing to take a wicket. Haverhill ended their 20 overs on 105, just 19 runs short of Woolpit’s target. 
Another historical moment, is Woolpit U15 Girls making it through to the 2nd round of the cup. Their 3rd round game will be played at Woolpit against Thriplow U15 Girls on Bank Holiday Monday (May 27) at 10am.

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