Picture gallery: Cricket: Grinonneau stand can’t prevent Walden defeat to Copdock

Adrian Grinonneau hit 90 for Walden on Saturday. Adrian Grinonneau hit 90 for Walden on Saturday.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
5:45 PM

An impressive innings from stand-in skipper Adrian Grinonneau couldn’t help Saffron Walden as they went down by four wickets at home to Copdock & Old Ipswichian, on Saturday.

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Grinonneau, the second team captain standing in for the injured Giles Ecclestone, came in at five and steadied the ship with 90 runs off just 78 balls to help Walden put up a respectable total for Copdock to chase.

Ecclestone said: “Adrian stepped in and did a great job for us. Fortunately he has been in some form and he was good enough to produce a good innings. It was a really good effort from him.”

Copdock won the toss and elected to field first. In a rain-reduced 44 overs, the Walden innings began well with openers Jack Sneath (34) and Lloyd Paternott (30) striking up a decent partnership.

After the loss of some quick wickets, Grinonneau then came to the crease and pushed the total along. He put on some big scores, including seven 4s and six 6s. Yet the remaining six batsmen could only compile a total of 20 runs as Walden ended the innings on 186-9.

Copdock were keen to chase down the total with openers Reuben Sharpe (25) and Chris Swallow (38) making a good start. But it was the introduction of wicket-keeper Chris Warn, in at five, which made the difference. His 64 not out, coupled with a fine 44 knock from Jed Cawkwell, pushed the visitors over the winning line.

Dropped catches in the field did not help Walden’s cause but the performance of Walden’s overseas player Andrew Winton was another highlight, the Australian taking 3-63, taking his tally to 10 wickets in three league games.

It was a good effort by Walden, although Ecclestone admits that unavailability of players hampered the team – and he warned they are in for a tough season.

“We’ve had a mass exodus of players from the 1st and 2nd team squads in recent years and we’re very light, particularly in terms of 1st XI players who are of the standard and ability to compete at the level we are at,” he said.

“The club is in excellent health, with five senior sides on a Saturday and some really good youngsters coming through. But we need to recruit some more experienced cricketers for the 1st and 2nd teams.”

Walden return to action at Burwell on Saturday.

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