Top batting display ends in stalemate

11:53 29 July 2014

Charlie Knightley hit 94 for Walden.

Charlie Knightley hit 94 for Walden.

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Saffron Walden’s best batting display of the season yielded only a draw on Saturday after a stunning 202-run stand from Copdock and Old Ipswichian’s opening pair.

Action from Saffron Walden's game against Vauxhall Mallards.Action from Saffron Walden's game against Vauxhall Mallards.

Skipper Giles Ecclestone was one of three players to score a half-century as Walden amassed 273-6 in their run chase, their highest score of the season. But all of their efforts were overshadowed by the double-century partnership between Copdock’s Jaik Mickleburgh and Chris Swallow.

Having elected to bowl first, Walden were made to toil for 42 overs before Mickleburgh tried one shot too many and was caught by Charlie Knightly off Andrew Winton.

By then he had hit 18 boundaries on his way to a 131-ball 116 and, together with Swallow, had kept the run rate above four for 32 of the 42 overs he was at the crease.

Winton (2-62) added Martyn Cull (5) to his figures two overs later but any chance of a collapse dissipated when Jed Cawkwell joined Swallow. The duo put up 64 runs, which on any other day would have been a highlight, to take Copdock to 274 before Cawkwell was stumped by Ryan Brown off Jonathan Brace.

The Walden pair combined again to bring an end to Swallow’s innings after three and a half hours in the middle. He top scored for Copdock with 125 runs, 58 of which came of boundaries. They declared three overs after his dismissal on 319-6.

Ecclestone sent out Alex Morley and Lloyd Paternott to start the run chase, knowing early wickets could derail any hope of a result.

Morley fended off 27 balls before he was caught by Cawkwell leaving Walden on 29-1, which soon became 39-2 after Paternott was bowled by Hugo Douglas.

Needing batsmen to hang around, Knightly and Gallian answered the call. The pair put on a 115-run stand for the third wicket to take the score to 154-3. Knightly was the man to go, edged behind to Chris Warn.

Gallian, on 40 at the time, found another willing partner in Ecclestone and contributed 38 runs in a fourth-wicket pairing of 75 runs before he was caught for 78.

Jack Sneath followed for a run-a-ball 10 before Ecclestone was finally beaten, having scored at 57-ball 60, in the 56th over. He was the last wicket to fall as Brace and Thomas Philp saw off the remaining overs to secure a draw for Walden.

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