Cricket: Saffron Walden lose vital points after Sudbury snatch unlikely draw

PUBLISHED: 10:07 07 June 2011

Grant Gillard scored an impressive 58 in Saffron Walden's draw with Sudbury

Grant Gillard scored an impressive 58 in Saffron Walden's draw with Sudbury


East Anglian Premier League Cricket

Saffron Walden (261 all out) draw with Sudbury (132 for 6)

SAFFRON Walden were left ruing their decision to bat first after Sudbury took valuable points after from them in their chase for the top of the table.

After winning the toss, captain Neil Gladwin’s side secured maximum batting points. But Sudbury’s “negative” play ended the game in an unlikely draw.

Gladwin told the Reporter: “They made no effort to win the game. It was a batting pitch and if you wanted to stay in all day you could, and they did.

“We tried everything to get them out, different fields and bowlers, but they have to play shots to get them out.

“It wasn’t really cricket.”

Gladwin send his team out to bat first in a effort to secure maximum batting points after the team had underperformed in recent matches.

On a batters pitch, Sudbury put Walden in trouble when Kandage Fernando trapped opener Ray Mordini (5) and Jason Gallian (0) LBW to leave them 13-2.

Despite losing early wickets Gillard (58) stood firm to put Walden back on track for their 250 target. Andy Laws (18), Simon Parmenter (40) and Andrew Gale (6) all partnered Gillard before he was caught off a Fernando delivery.

Jacob Rogers added 27 to push Walden to 211 before being run out.

After a game-winning 57 last week, Tim Smith put 46 runs on the board before Gladwin (6), Nick Batcheler (30 not out) and Darren Cousins (10) heaped the pressure on Sudbury.

Newcomers to the league, Sudbury were faced with an intimidating task which was made all the more difficult after losing four wickets for just 61 runs.

But Sudbury opener Jay Phillips came to his team’s rescue. Phillips (35) stayed at the crease for the entire 55 overs, refusing to give away his wicket, to secure points for his side.

Twenty maidens were the highlight of the bowling with Smith (2-24), Laws (2-30), Cousins (1-13 ) and Rogers (1-29) taking six wickets between them and holding Sudbury to 132 runs.

“I wanted to close the gap on the leaders [Great Witchingham] but we have fallen further behind,” added Gladwin.

“I was very happy with our performance with the bat, ball and in the field and the figures were brilliant, but in hind sight I would approach the game differently.

“They are new to the league so they don’t understand how to play this form of the game; they’re just finding their feet. I don’t begrudge how they played, it’s just frustrating that they did it against us.”

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