Cricket Final Day Round-Up: Woolpit pull off the great escape

STAR MAN: Michael Rippon bowling for Woolpit
STAR MAN: Michael Rippon bowling for Woolpit

Woolpit pulled off the great escape to keep hold of their East Anglian Premier League status for another season on a dramatic final day of the local cricket season.

Michael Rippon (7-26) was the star of the show as he helped bowl Norwich all out for 65 runs in Norfolk, with Woolpit claiming victory having declared earlier on 190-9.

The final day win, coupled with Saffron Walden’s resounding defeat at Horsford, enabled Woolpit to climb off the bottom and condemn the Essex side to relegation.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Bury St Edmunds and Burwell both finished their campaigns with defeats to Cambridge Granta and Great Witchingham respectively.

Bury lost by 88 runs to end the season in ninth, which did complete a dramatic turnaound having been bottom for most of the season, while Burwell’s seven-wicket defeat saw them finish in eighth spot.

In the Two Counties Championship, recently-crowned Division One champions Sudbury ended their league campaign with a convincing 231-run victory at Mistley.

The Talbots conclude their title-winning season with a play-off at home to Godmanchester this weekend to determine who replaces Saffron Walden in next year’s Premier League.

Mildenhall (third) completed their Division One campaign with a 45-run win over local rivals Worlington (ninth), while Hadleigh (sixth) saw off Halstead (10th) by five wickets.

In Division Two, Haverhill could be in line for promotion after securing third place after a 27-run victory over Dunmow, with Lakenheath (fifth) rounding off their campaign with a three-wicket win at home to local rivals Exning (eighth).

If Saffron Walden go into the Cambridgeshire league, like their second team, and Sudbury win their play-off to go up, it would open the possibility of a three-up situation, instead of the usual two.

Long Melford (seventh) also ended their season on a high with a five-wicket victory against Easton, while Sudbury II’s fate was already sealed as they bowed out of Division Two with a 82-run win over Mildenhall II.

Halstead II secured the Division Four title after beating St Margarets by one wicket, while Halstead III were also crowned champions with a seven-wicket victory against Cavaliers helping them finish the season as Division Eight South champions.