Thursday, May 22, 2014
Saffron Walden put in a good session in the field but failed to take advantage with the bat as they missed out by seven runs at Burwell.
The young Walden side ripped through their opponents, setting an achievable target.
But the inexperience in the batting order cost dear as the batsmen crumbled – with the exception of Tom Philp who hit 50.
Skipper Giles Ecclestone was left rueing a missed opportunity but said it was a performance that can be built on.
““We should have won but the attitude was good and it is something positive we can take forward,” he said.
“The young lads acquitted themselves well when bowling and in the field. It was just that lack of experience in bat that cost us.”
Walden – who had four players making their first team debuts – won the toss and, in light of a damp wicket, elected to field first. The bowlers set about the task well, taking the opening three wickets for just 26.
Henry James came to the crease at number four to steady the ship for Burwell, but once Cameron Taylor had nudged him out LBW, the middle and tail ends fell away as the hosts slumbered to 130.
Andrew Winton continued his fine season form with figures of 2-28 in 12 overs, including five maidens. Alex Hancock also had 2-28, in 7 overs. Taylor took 3-33 while Jack Sneath and Philp took a wicket each.
Walden sensed the target was 100 below par and were keen to chase it down. But the inexperience told as two of the opening four – Lloyd Paternott (11) and Tom Picton-Turberville (0) – were needlessly run out, and for meagre totals.
In fairness Burwell did put pressure on the Walden batsmen, particularly spinner Shaftab Khalid who took 4-26 – all four LBW – ably supported by Josh Arksey (2-15).
Philp was the mainstay of the Walden innings, posting an impressive half century, but Walden could not build on it. Only Winton (17) registered any score of note as the tail-enders slumped.
“There were two very young sides out there and it showed. They batted poorly but we batted just as poorly,” said Ecclestone.
“It was a really good effort in getting them out for 130 and here was a good spirit in the field.
“But you have to follow that up and unfortunately our batsmen let us down. We crumbled, with the exception of Tom who showed how it should be done.”
Walden host Vauxhall Mallards, on Saturday.