In-form Saffron Walden with another good win as Larsen leads way with bat yet again

PUBLISHED: 08:42 14 June 2018

Action from Saffron Walden's clash with Godmanchester (pic Jamie Pluck)

Action from Saffron Walden's clash with Godmanchester (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden celebrated another good win against Godmanchester at the weekend.

After deciding to bat first the Godmanchester openers made a good start before Joe Barrs had Mathew Durant caught by Finn Karsten.

James Cowan and Amit Gupta combined well, before off-spinner Ryan Deamer struck to make it 85-2 and economical spells from James Rushford and Deamer kept the scoring in check.

Deamer finished with 4-25 from his 10 overs as Godmanchester were dismissed for 210.

And Walden saw Rushford (22) and Larsen put on 41 for the first wicket in reply, before Parmenter (27) helped to add another 57.

Sneath was run out soon after, but captain Ben Harris smashed 52 off 19 balls to take his side to within 30 runs of their target.

And Larsen was unbeaten on 77 alongside Barrs as Walden clinched victory, with Harris saying: “It was a fantastic win. It was a tough day in the field with it being so hot so the lads stuck to it well.

“There was never really a moment’s doubt in the chase and it was good to get the win again.”

The seconds batted first against Blunham and saw Josh Down (72) and Seb Contos (53) produce their best opening stand (118) of the season.

Ray Mordini (34), Spencer Hill (25) and Jack Ormsby (31 not out) lifted the total to 259, before a good all-round display from the Walden bowling attack saw Blunham dismissed for 159.

Conor Heaps (59) led the way with the bat for Blunham, but Spencer Hill (3-16), Alex Thomas (2-18) and Jonny Hancock (2-43) had multi-wicket hauls, as Cam Taylor, Ormsby and man of the match Down also struck in a 108-run win.

Mordini said: “This is our third win in a row and particularly satisfying to do it against normally a tough team.

“It was our best performance of the season by a distance and shows what we’re capable of. The opening partnership of 118 plus some excellent late order batting set up our dominant display. This was followed up a fantastic bowling and fielding effort.”

*Connall McErlain (79 not out) led the under-12s to 179-3 in the Brian Taylor Trophy against Hutton, who were skittled for 75 as Bertie Rodda nabbed 2-15.

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