Cricket: Rain dampens Walden's hopes of victory
PUBLISHED: 15:30 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 15:30 08 August 2013
A SUPERB all-round performance from Glen Batticciotto was not enough to earn Saffron Walden a win on Saturday.
The Aussie took three wickets while surrendering a miserly five runs in a 9.3-over spell to help Walden restrict Burwell to 174. Then, coming in at number three, the former captain scored 77.
Then the rain came, halting Walden’s march towards victory and forcing them to settle for a draw.
Having been asked to bowl first, Batticciotto got to work quickly, dismissing openers Peter Richer (2) and Shaftab Khalid (18) before cleaning up Vibhor Yadav for nought, as Burwell struggled to 26-3.
Alex Jackson got in on the action, taking the fourth wicket by producing a ball that beat Chris Summerskill (2) all ends up, before Batticciotto was back on the scorecard with his third wicket, removing Henry James for 10.
Paul Summerskill (37) and Jeffrey Keyt (55) led a recovery and pushed Burwell to 133, but Andrew Gale delivered a ball that teased the former into one shot too many and he was caught by Simon Parmenter.
The dismissal was the turning point as Burwell scored just 41 runs for the next four wickets. Gale returned to complete a three-wicket haul, Josh Wells snared a brace, and Giles Ecclestone took a single scalp.
Walden’s reply got off to a disastrous start as Lloyd Paternott (7) was caught with just nine runs on the board. In came Battcciotto and together with Charlie Knightley, they put on a 47-run stand to steer Walden away from danger.
It was not the highest-scoring partnership of the innings; that honour went to Batticciotto and Jason Gallian, who came in after Knightley was trapped LBW for 15. The duo shared 64 runs as Walden reached 120-3.
Parmenter (1) and Wells (3) came and went without troubling the score, and even when Batticciotto was dismissed leg before, having scored six fours and a maximum on his way to 77 off 93 balls, Walden were sitting pretty at 167-6.
Two golden ducks gave Burwell a glimmer of hope but with just six runs needed, victory looked assured. That was until the rain came, bringing the game to an end as Walden fell an agonising three runs shy of victory.
Giles Ecclestone was unbeaten for 23.
Walden are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Woolpit in Suffolk, 11am start.