Saffron Walden Common hosts Boxing Day charity cricket match

PUBLISHED: 12:41 27 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:42 27 December 2016

The Boxing Day cricket match was once again held on Saffron Walden Common

The Boxing Day cricket match was once again held on Saffron Walden Common

Roger King

Spectators at Saffron Walden Common were treated to a feast of cricket on Boxing Day as two teams slugged it out in the name of charity.

The Kings Arms pub team took on Byrds Farm Lane in the ten-over match, which raised money for MEDICS, with many newcomers taking part in the festive sporting fun.

The bright conditions made the surface ideal for run-scoring although Byrds Farm Lane did lose both their openers in the first over after a fierce spot of bowling from Jonny Brace.

Byrds Farm Lane recovered to post 66-3 from their ten overs, with Tim Eastham, Paul Taylor and man-of-the-match David Ifold hitting some much-needed runs.

The Kings Arms threw the bat in reply and chased down the total needed with two overs to spare and for the loss of only one wicket, with Brace scoring 27 retired not out.

Among the debutants were brothers Patrick and Tommy Bergin, and the latter – the youngest player involved – set an example to all with his skilful fielding and an eagle eye to help retrieve balls stuck in the Slade.

Umpire and organiser Bob Eastham said: “It was a great game and everyone retired to the Kings Arms after the match for some much needed refreshments and the raffle, which raised £125 for MEDICS.”

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