Praise for Woolpit Cricket Club

August 2, 2022

WOOLPIT Cricket Club have been praised for their hosting of Suffolk’s Showcase fixture versus Kent Spitfires.

The first-class county defeated Suffolk by 140 runs in Sunday’s 50-over match, which was watched by just over 1,000 spectators.

A total of 722 runs were scored during the course of the match, with Kent compiling 431 for 7 before Suffolk replied with 291 for 5.

Kent Spitfires’ veteran all-rounder Darren Stevens, who scored 34 off 21 deliveries and sent down five overs for just 12 runs, was quick to praise the groundstaff.

“I thought the pitch was very good a little bit of pace and a little bit of bounce in it and it spun towards the end there, so it was a good cricket pitch,” he said.

A gloomy forecast and two short breaks for rain during the Kent innings threatened to spoil the occasion, but the weather brightened up as the day went on.

Suffolk CC Chairman Andrew Squire said: “Apart from the weather at the start, the day has gone as well as I expected, which has been down to lots of hard work from Andy Northcote and Woolpit Cricket Club.

“Andy has been instrumental in driving this this forward and the day has been a great showcase for Suffolk Cricket and has shown people what Suffolk Cricket and the National Counties Cricket Association is all about.”

Woolpit CC President Dr Richard West MBE said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic day. To have more than 700 runs scored says volumes about the quality of the pitch and we have seen a good game of cricket.

“Everybody has been very complimentary and we hope we have done the club and county proud.

“I would like to thank everybody for their help – it has been very much a team effort with over 50 volunteers and everyone has played a part and I would like to thank them for their help and support in putting this event on.”

Suffolk’s Jack Beaumont is pictured batting above with some of the gazebos around the ground in the background.



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