Picture gallery: Cricket: Paternott hits century as Walden see off Woolpit

Jason Gallian strokes a shot while Lloyd Paternott looks on. Jason Gallian strokes a shot while Lloyd Paternott looks on.

Thursday, June 5, 2014
10:06 AM

Lloyd Paternott hit an impressive century as Saffron Walden chalked up a five-wicket victory at home to Woolpit.

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Walden's Cameron Taylor bowls to Tom Whiteman.Walden's Cameron Taylor bowls to Tom Whiteman.

The opener had been guilty of rushing into unnecessary mistakes prior to Saturday’s game, but he benefited from the wisdom of ex-England cricketer Jason Gallian out on the crease.

Gallian, head of cricket at Felsted School, came in at four for the hosts and coached Paternott through as the pair racked up a 173-run partnership to steer the team to a five-wicket victory.

Alongside Gallian, Walden also had Simon Parmenter and Nick Batcheler to call on, and they added vital experience that has so far been missing this season.

Skipper Giles Ecclestone was pleased with the outcome.

“It was a good win. Having some more of the experienced players made a world of difference. It made for a different game of cricket,” he said.

“Lloyd batted superbly – it was a very attractive innings.

“He is exceptionally talented but has not been producing performances to match that.

“Jason made a big difference. He had a chat with him before, and then batted with him for pretty much most of the innings.

“He was constantly talking to Lloyd and making sure he kept his concentration and took the right options.”

Walden bowled and fielded well as Woolpit opened the batting, and if not for a couple of dropped catches, could have bowled the visitors out for 150.

Woolpit captain, opener Andrew Northcote, hit a notable 42 runs off 35 balls before being bowled LBW by Batcheler, but it was Tom and Ollie Whiteman, sharing a 100-plus seventh wicket partnership, who really pushed Woolpit to 223-7 in their 64 overs.

Batcheler (2-26) and Cameron Taylor (2-34) took two wickets apiece for the hosts.

Walden’s assault on the target centred on Paternott and Gallian. Paternott went on to hit 129 before going LBW off Julian Crudeli, while Gallian scored 69 not out.

However, Walden will be without the services of both – Paternott was injured in the field prior to his innings, and Gallian is out through unavailability – as well as Parmenter and Batcheler for Saturday’s tough trip to table-toppers Swardeston.

“Unfortunately, it was a one-off and Lloyd looks like being out for a couple of weeks. But it has been a brilliant effort so far by the young lads and we can take lots of positives from Saturday’s game.”

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