Walden suffer six-wicket loss

17:04 14 July 2014

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Saffron Walden fell into the bottom three in the East Anglian Premier League after a six-wicket loss to Horsford at Manor Park.

Giles Ecclestone’s side’s loss, coupled with Woolpit shocking Norwich, means Walden are just nine points ahead of second-from-bottom Bury St Edmunds. They do, however, have a 39-point cushion to basement side Vauxhall Mallards.

Horsford skipper Ryan Findlay opted to bowl first after winning the toss, a decision that bore immediate fruit as Ray Mordini was bowled for two in the fourth over.

The hosts were made to wait until the 13th over for the next breakthrough, but scoring chances had been kept to a minimum so when Alex Morley (4) was caught, the score was only 20-2.

The next three wickets fell at regular intervals as Alex Jackson (7) went with the score on 35-3, Thomas Philp (14) at 43-4 and Jonathan Brace (6) at 57-5.

Ecclestone, who replaced Jackson in the middle, led a recovery, doing the majority of the heavy lifting in a 51-run partnership with Alex Marjoribanks, as Walden passed the century mark.

The captain’s innings was finally brought to an end by Timothy Alexander after a 65-ball 51 which included six boundaries, leaving the score at 108-6 in the 42nd over.

Jack Sneath was bowled for a duck in the same over, fully exposing the tail. Number nine Andrew Winton added 10 runs but the last three batsmen subsided for just 14 runs as Walden bowed out for 124.

Winton gave the visitors a glimmer of hope with the first ball of Horsford’s innings as his hit Nathan Perry Warnes’ in line with the stumps and gave the umpire no choice but to send him walking.

Sneath then found the edge of Kaushal Patel’s bat in the fourth over as the hosts struggled to 4-2, which became 4-3 when Winton picked up his second LBW of the game.

The fourth-wicket pairing saw off the immediate danger, getting themselves into a rhythm before upping the scoring rate to four an over.

Stephan Marillier (68) and Ben France (40*) put on 120 runs in an all-important partnership which nearly won the game for Horsford.

Marillier was eventually caught by Cameron Taylor off Jonathan Brace with the scores level, but three balls later the new batsman, Robbie Brigdestock, nudged a single to seal the win.

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